Bennet: Report Confirms Outdated Regulations Risk to National Security, Hurting American Satellite Businesses

On April 24, 2012, in 8th Continent Project, News, by 8cproject

Bennet Plans to Introduce Bill to Address Outdated Regulations That Stifle American Satellite Exports Key Administration Officials Release Report at National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement regarding today’s joint Department of Defense and Department of State report recommending that the Administration be allowed […]

U.S. Space Industry at the Crossroads; Part 7: How To Bridge the Chasm

On July 19, 2011, in 8th Continent Project, by 8cproject

In Part 2 of this series, we examined how government investment in pre-competitive aerospace technology development fueled America’s ascent to today’s aerospace capabilities within decadal, rather than century, time frames. We also suggested that the time may have come to transition newly competitive functions to the private sector with its access to the capital markets […]

U.S. Space Industry at the Crossroads; Part 6: Stop the Blame Game

On July 14, 2011, in 8th Continent Project, by 8cproject

We began this 7-part series with a quote that captures the frustration of many space enthusiasts but that also – undeservedly, we believe – pins the blame for their unrealized dreams on (a lack of) NASA, Congressional and White House leadership: NASA is “a narrow space program with timid objectives moving forward at the snail’s […]

U.S. Space Industry at the Crossroads; Part 5: Know What You Have

On July 11, 2011, in 8th Continent Project, by 8cproject

What do Xerox, IBM, Datapoint, Digital Equipment Company, Control Data Corporation, Atari, Commodore, Honeywell’s computer division, and ITT have in common? They were the giants of the nascent IT industrial sector of the 1980s. They were household words. Were. What happened to them? Let’s look at Xerox: “In 1979, Xerox threw open its doors to […]

U.S. Space Industry at the Crossroads; Part 4: (Re-)Teach the Teachers

On July 6, 2011, in 8th Continent Project, by 8cproject

It has been said that the difference between a good engineer and a great engineer is that the good engineer knows how to engineer something well, and the great engineer knows why that something is important. Yet, with still only a few exceptions, U.S. engineering education still seems to emphasize the good over the great. […]

U.S. Space Industry at the Crossroads; Part 3: Do You Want to be King, or Do You Want to be Rich?

On June 30, 2011, in 8th Continent Project, by 8cproject

Aerospace is no longer a vertical stovepipe exclusively populated by a small cadre of highly trained “rocket scientists.” It is going horizontal like the IT community of the 1960’s did, propelling crossover advances in a broad range of 21st Century industries such as location/time-based GPS, energy, biotechnology, nanotech, photonics, materials, robotics, natural resources exploration and […]

U.S. Space Industry at the Crossroads; Part 2: It’s Time to Kick the Oldest Kid(s) Out of the House

On June 27, 2011, in 8th Continent Project, by 8cproject

Since World War II, the United States has invested an astronomical amount of government funds in the research and development of “pre-competitive” technologies to achieve its goals for both the Nation’s defense and its competitiveness within the global marketplace. The cancellation of NASA’s Constellation Program — officially heralding among other things the evolution of commercial […]

U.S. Space Industry at the Crossroads; Part 1: A Tough Pill to Swallow

On June 22, 2011, in 8th Continent Project, Space 2.0 in-depth, by 8cproject

NASA is “[guided by] a carefully considered bipartisan vision…that [enables] ambitious investments in science, aeronautics, education and human space flight exploration, while also recognizing current budgetary constraints” – Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV); May 18, 2011 NASA is “a narrow space program with timid objectives moving forward at the snail’s pace of politically constrained bureaucracy.” ­­– […]