The Space Review turns one
by Jeff Foust
|In the last year we have seen people ask those big questions and pose some answers. However, particularly on issues regarding the future direction of NASA and space exploration in general, there is no unanimity on those answers.|
Meanwhile, the last year has seen dramatic developments at the low end of spaceflight, suborbital vehicles. One year ago virtually no one knew what Burt Rutan was up to; now we know about—and have seen fly, at least on limited test flights—SpaceShipOne. There’s considerable optimism that Rutan or possibly another group will win the $10 million X Prize before it expires at the end of the year. Proponents believe this will open a whole new market for tourism and other suborbital applications, although numerous challenges—technical, financial, and regulatory—still remain.
In short, it’s still time to ask, and to try to answer, the big questions about our role in space. It’s my hope that this publication will be a major forum for that debate, providing an opportunity to get past the political rhetoric and PR fluff to explore the key issues and propose new answers to those big questions. The next year should look much like the previous one at The Space Review, with a few articles a week on a wide range of issues. In the coming weeks and months I plan to roll out a few minor enhancements to the publication, such as printer-friendly versions of articles (perhaps the number one request of readers in the last year!) Nothing too significant, just tools to help better communicate the message.
As always, my mailbox remains open to your questions, comments, suggestions, and article submissions: send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to spending the next year and beyond helping, in a very minor way, shape the debate regarding the future of space.