LINK EXCHANGE REFERRALS
- Farthest Reaches – Space Collectibles
- Association of Space Explorers
- I Spy Space
- designbynur.com – Web Development
- nurweb.biz – Technology Blog
Websites of excellent speakers bureaus that represent me include:
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- AEI Speakers Bureau – Massachusetts
- American Speakers Bureau – Florida
- All American Speakers Bureau – North Carolina & New York
- Astronaut Speakers Bureau – Alabama
- Atlantic Speakers Bureau – Maine and Canada
- Barber and Associates – Tennessee
- Compass Speakers and Entertainment – Florida
- Corporate Artists – Tennessee
- Gold Stars Speakers Bureau – Arizona
- Gordon Poole Agency – UK
- Grabow – Texas, California and New York
- Grable Group – Tennessee
- Jan Jones Worldwide Speakers Bureau – California
- Keynote Speakers – California
- Kivana Productions – Michigan
- London Speaker Bureau – UK
- NOPAC Talent – Florida
- Orange County Speakers Bureau – California
- Parliament Communications Ltd. – UK
- PPI Marketing – Texas
- Professional Speakers Bureau International – Ohio
- Richard Lutz Agency – Nebraska
- Speakers Network Worldwide – North Carolina
- World Class Speakers Bureau – California
America in Space — What Now?
With the cancellation of the Shuttle Program, America no longer has human access to even low Earth orbit. Instead, we must rely on the capabilities and good will of the Russians to provide transportation to and from the $100 billion space station that we initiated and have significantly funded and developed. Each seat costs $63 million… for now. Obviously, we no longer bargain from a position of strength.
The Program that was to replace the Orbiter was called Constellation. Like the capabilities of Apollo, it was to be capable of going to the ISS as well as and returning to the moon. However, recently it has been cancelled. The Orion spacecraft, one of its components, was to be like the Apollo Command and Service modules but larger. The Ares I and Ares V boosters and other components of Constellation were to be like the Saturn I and V boosters but also larger. Now all of these potential capabilities have been delayed many years or lost. One ray of hope is that scaled down versions of Orion are being developed in the commercial arena.
Quite a few years will pass before any comparable transportation can be put in place. Our Nation’s economic strength, NASA’s depth of technical and management capabilities and our political and management courage to persist all require significant augmentation. Commercial companies could help considerably, and I hope they do. However, achieving acceptable levels of safety, reliability, performance and economic viability are steep hills to climb. We wish them great success in the coming decade!