TO: Vice President of the United States of America, Richard Cheney
FROM: Eddie Devere
RE: Direction to Lead NASA
Outsourcing NASA’s Goal of Extraterrestrial Research:
Russia’s Role as Commercial Partner
The current political situation with regards to NASA is one in which the public has given no mandate. What is clear is your interest in demonstrating your technical finesse and expertise in space policy. This paper outlines the steps that you should take to become a champion of NASA’s goal to focus on extraterrestrial research. In the next four years, many of NASA’s earth observing projects will be turned over to the public section. Dan Goldin has made it NASA’s goal to get out of LEO. NASA could finally focus only on extraterrestrial matters if the cost to LEO were reduced because then more private industries would invest in LEO ventures. Currently, Russian companies hold the key to the cheapest launch vehicles. You can demonstrate your desire to advance the U.S. in space by easing Congress’s fear of technology sharing and by working with key Russian Ministers to allow Russian ICBMs be converted into launch vehicles for American private industries and scientists. The foreseeable reaction by the Republicans in office is that they will argue for budget cuts in NASA when they see certain projects being privatized. Your job will be to champion NASA’s extraterrestrial goals and to shield NASA from the whims of congressional politicians.
This paper presents three space policy proposals. The first is a proposal to assign a Senate task force the responsibility of finding a private company to act as a Center for Technology Transfer in the United States. The second is a proposal to begin a Commission with Russia to determine the feasibility of a joint mission to place a human on Mars by 2009. The third is a proposal for NASA to purchase 20 Dnepr (ex-ICBM) launch vehicles, to ship them to the US and to hold a competition of mission designs for use of the launchers. This paper has determined that the first and third proposals will best suit NASA’s and private industry’s need.