Are They Making the Trump/Pence Space Challenge a Reality?

FeaturedAre They Making the Trump/Pence Space Challenge a Reality?

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Are they making the Trump/Pence Space Challenge a Reality?

The following is a posting of a Newt Gingrich article.

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence announced what may prove to be the boldest space challenge since President John F. Kennedy said America would go to the Moon in 1961.

In implementing President Donald Trump’s historic vision for America to go beyond the Moon and Mars, Vice President Pence sent a clear message that Americans were returning to the Moon by 2024 – and we are going there to stay.

The boldness of the Trump-Pence plan can be seen in the fact that this new target is four years sooner than NASA’s most recent estimate. It was a strong response against, NASA’s long history of budget overruns and project delays. Vice President Pence made it clear that “what we need now is urgency,” and that the competition for American leadership in space is “not just competition against our adversaries; we’re also racing against our worst enemy: complacency.”

The Vice President’s challenge to NASA was remarkably bold and direct. In his words, “failure to achieve our goal to return an American astronaut to the Moon in the next five years is not an option.”

His words signaled a profound move away from the traditional space bureaucracy:

“We’re not committed to any one contractor. If our current contractors can’t meet this objective, then we’ll find ones that will. If American industry can provide critical commercial services without government development, then we’ll buy them. And if commercial rockets are the only way to get American astronauts to the Moon in the next five years, then commercial rockets it will be.”

In some ways, Vice President Pence’s challenge is even greater than what was facing President Kennedy. It’s true: Kennedy was inventing a new organization and radically expanding the Washington bureaucracy. But that meant he was building something young, fresh, excited, and innovative.

Trump and Pence are trying to reinvigorate, reorient, and redirect an existing, deeply entrenched bureaucracy with a long history of great achievements – that is deeply committed to doing things how they’ve always been done.

Furthermore, President Kennedy was able to use the threat of the Soviet Union to get a massive increase in space funding. At its peak in 1966, NASA was spending 4.4 percent of the federal budget. At that percentage in President Trump’s 2020 budget, NASA would have a budget of $208.8 billion instead of $21 billion. If NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had almost ten times more money in his budget than he does now, he could do amazing things — but he doesn’t.

Vice President Pence recognizes that a new approach must compensate for the absence of new money. He said on Tuesday, “we will call on NASA not just to adopt new policies but to embrace a new mindset. That begins with setting bold goals and staying on schedule … NASA must transform itself into a leaner, more accountable, and more agile organization. If NASA is not currently capable of landing American astronauts on the Moon in five years, we need to change the organization, not the mission.”

The Trump-Pence-Bridenstine team has two great advantages over the Kennedy era efforts in space.

First, we have a half century of developing new, better, more reliable, and more flexible technology. The reusable rockets of SpaceX and Blue Origin are miraculous improvements on the rockets of the 1960s. Radically smaller microelectronics, breakthroughs in materials technology, the development of 3D printing, and the emergence of artificial intelligence all combine to give us a chance to do more in space – and do it better, faster, and cheaper. However, this is only true if the bureaucracies can be overcome.

Second, there are now competitive companies that can undertake dramatic challenges previously unimagined for the private sector even ten years ago.

Since the bold, exciting challenge of Vice President Pence’s speech, I have talked with key people in the private sector space industry. They are prepared to enter a competition to put astronauts on the Moon — and to stay there. Moreover, they say they can do so ahead of schedule and under budget.

The Trump Administration should propose an open competition. It should not be about planning, engineering, paper pushing, or having meetings. It should be about flying.

Boeing should be challenged to fully take over the Space Launch System project — which it has been paid billions to manage in a traditional cost-plus process. Boeing should be liberated from NASA’s traditional pattern of management, over-planning, and underperforming. If Boeing could liberate its designers and engineers to be mission-oriented rather than process-dominated, the SLS could leap forward, and its price would drop.

At the same time, companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin should be invited into the competition. The central goal would be getting Americans back to the Moon and keeping them there. Companies that meet the goals ahead of schedule should get a bonus. The first company to meet the project goals should get an even bigger bonus.

Furthermore, companies that come in under budget should be allowed to keep 20 percent of the savings. And there should be an opportunity for fully funded new entrants to come and compete.

Importantly, participants should be paid only for achievement – not for planning or process. One suggestion I have heard from industry was for companies to be paid a price per kilo of delivery on the surface of the Moon.

There would have to be a lot of details worked out, but the excitement of a genuine American space race – with each company going all out – would inspire a new generation of Americans to go into space.

At the same time, each company would acquire new capabilities that would be a resource for our military, a building block for getting to Mars and beyond, and an enhancement for low Earth orbit tourism and manufacturing.

This would be a bold implementation strategy worthy of the bold Trump-Pence vision.

Your Friend,
Newt

In the above article I emphasized words and phrases I thought significant.

Note: This was such a well written article I felt that it should be seen by others. For transparency I had nothing to do with the writing of this article. Personally, I found this exciting news; something that should have happened a long time ago. But we needed a President with vision and the willingness to proceed. We’ve got him and he’s doing it!

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Insights: Pauline A New Home

Insights: Pauline A New Home

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Tuesday’s I try to focus on Insights. This week I am taking a look at Pauline A New Home.
Pauline A New Home is Book 2 of the Christland speculative fiction series. In this book the renamed ship, now Guardian One, arrives at the planet Ross 128 b. They promptly rename the Red Dwarf Star system “Ro” and they name the 5 planets after the Apostles of Christ. Ross 128 b becomes Pauline, named after Paul.
In this novel the forces that sent them as prisoners into space still oppress the world and continue their search for Christians, but on Pauline the now free Christians land on, explore, and claim the supercontinent Christland as their home. Soon they establish a new country, the United Christian States.
The Key to all this is the ability to travel in space.
In the fictional series man has mastered traveling within the Solar System and already has a community on Mars. And the newest technology is Warp Drive enabling travel through space.
As We Explore Space What Will We Find?
Fiction is often a foretaste of truth yet to be discovered. Just this past weekend the United States launched a rocket headed for our very own sun. It is built of state of the art technology enabling it to withstand extreme heat and not only get close to the sun but stay awhile.
It is called the Parker Solar Probe and it needed three huge rockets to escape Earth’s gravity. The ensuing thrust will take it to Venus in just six weeks! Then on September 28, it will begin a careful maneuver, called gravity assist, which will move it a little closer to the sun, where it will make a total of 24 orbits around the sun. On November 1, 2018 it will experience its first perihelion or close approach to the sun.
The orbit itself will not be oval, but rather petal-shaped, skimming over the sun closely before flying further out into space. At that point it will close its first orbit. During its orbits it will perform its scientific work while it is within a quarter of the distance between Earth and the sun.
The probe will also have the ability to hover, that is match the sun’s rotation speed and stay over a selected spot for a period of time, say ten days. This will provide them an in-depth base of knowledge.
So What Does It Mean?
For one thing it represents an important stride in space technology and ability. This will be a first. We will feel repercussions for years to come. Eventually it will lead, in my opinion, to technology that will enable humans to travel in space and even settle on planets less hospitable than Earth.
Unless God intervenes and stops us humanity will spread to the stars. Since the Rapture can happen at any time it is possible that God will stop our current search (He stopped the Tower of Babel), but it is also possible that He will allow the exploration to continue.
In the meantime, this is an exciting time from a scientific point of view. For the evolutionists it will be exciting yet disappointing (they’ll find no intelligent life), but for the rest of us it will be exciting just as exploring the Old West was exciting. It will represent new challenges plus new opportunities for faith and for enterprise.
Hold onto your hats, folks, the ride may be a bit bumpy!

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Insights Death Ship to the Stars

Insights Death Ship to the Stars

Insights: Death Ship to the Stars
Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Tuesday’s I try to focus on Insights. This week I am taking a look at Death Ship to the Stars.
On Monday I discussed the two approaches to Space Defense. This subject easily leads to my novel Death Ship to the Stars. In that novel you are introduced to a Space Force both already existing and getting ready to explore our Solar System and beyond.
It is possible that the Rapture, Tribulation and Christ’s Second Coming will occur before the events of the novel can occur. But if the Lord tarries then such a scenario can take place. And Space will beacon.
Today we have countries like the United States, Russia, and China competing in space. Right now that competition is peaceful. In fact, the ISS is a good example of international cooperation, but human nature being what it is I think this cooperation will be short lived. And the winner of that competition will have a powerful platform that will enable them to control space and maybe Earth.
And that time may be fast approaching. Russia already has a rocket program that enables them to fly their and our payloads to the ISS. Other nations are reported as interested also in establishing a presence there. The future is rushing toward us and we seem unprepared.
In Congress they are exploring the idea of a Space Command that will protect existing assets, but we need a plan that will lead to a United States Space Force that will protect both existing and future assets.
It is an idea whose time has come!
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Space Defense

Space Defense

Today’s Issue: Space Defense
Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Space Defense.
According to this past Saturday’s news the Pentagon and the White House have two different ideas about having a Space Defense. The Pentagon has acknowledged that a need to revamp our country’s approach to defending U.S. economic and security interests in space and, according to the paper, is moving in that direction.
The likely plan favored by the Pentagon calls for creating a U.S. Space Command which would consolidate space warfighting forces and making other organizational changes. The Trump plan is to establish a separate service, perhaps called Space Corps. The Pentagon plan apparently has the support of key Republican leaders in Congress.
As is becoming normal, Trump is far ahead of his fellow Republicans.
The Pentagon plan draws elements from various services and foresees the Space Corps attached to the Air Force as a Space Command. It is a limited, overly cautious view that seems likely to carry the day. Trump’s idea of a new branch, a Space Force, is far more visionary and, ultimately, necessary.
The fact is that we live in a time when space is the new frontier and, barring the Second Coming of our Lord, needs to be dominated by the United States rather than China, Russia, or some other country. The nation that controls space is the nation that will dominate the world as we know it.
But historically our government moves at a snail’s pace. It almost always thinks incremental instead of aggressive. Our government workers tend to be provincial even methodical, unless it affects them personally. Then they react and strive to do something which breeds mistakes.
Being this is an election year, I don’t see our politicians being very brave or farseeing. So, I think that the consolidation will take place but eventually, perhaps next year, they’ll start looking at a more responsible solution.
What would that solution be?
First, take a look at what is happening in space. There are numerous countries who are interested in space. But at the moment there are only a few who can fly into space. On the domestic front right here in America we have a growing number of companies interested in space travel. The two that I think are at the top are Virgin Galactic and SpaceX. In fact, SpaceX is already servicing the International Space Station (ISS).
So, at a minimum, we need a Space Command to protect existing space investments. However, a composite of elements from the Air Force, Navy, and Army is not a long term answer to our needs. A Space Command would be a short sighted response if that is where they stop. Instead it should be the first step to a Space Force.
I believe it should be a full blown service that would be able to explore and defend an ever growing space presence. We must remember that aggressor nations also have an interest in space and will have no hesitancy about mounting their very best forces into space.
In the past we waited until we were attacked and then developed a state of art response in very short order. In the Civil War the north barely beat the Confederacy in the use of ironclad ships (forerunners of our modern warships). War tends to motivate people to invent, research, and develop in a very rapid timeframe to overcome their deficiency and win the war. But we no longer have the luxury of catching up. If an enemy sees us as having a weak space defense and attacks us, we may not have the time to recover.
I think a responsible response would be to:

  • Start with the Space Command as only a stopgap.
  • Then move to create a separate Space Force that would be forward looking and have the power to
  • build a Space Fleet that could protect all our interests whether here on Earth or on Mars or somewhere else in space.

In other words I tend to favor a compromise that begins with the Space Command to give us basic protection now and move forward with a plan to establish a real and separate Space Service or Space Force.
What do you think?
ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews. Whether it is Perished The World That Was (Book One), World of Noah and the Ark (Book Two), World of Shem (Book Three), World of Abraham (Book Four) or Death Ship I value your reviews.

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.