This could happen

According to, NASA is planning a competition where companies will design and build a new generation of spacecraft, which NASA will then lease. The idea is to spur the private sector to action with prize money–$500 million worth. That’s a significant enough number that it should attract some attention–lookwhat the X Prize accomplished with the offer of a “paltry” $10 million.

This is some welcome news from our moribund space agency. I do take it with a grain of salt, since NASA does have a track record of good ideas being poorly executed.

Now, everyone, altogether:


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