Panel Discusses Space Pioneering Leadership and Economic Competitiveness
- James (Jim) Maser, president, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
- Frank Morring Jr., senior editor/space, Aviation Week & Space Technology
- Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D, vice president and enterprise executive for energy and the environment, Colorado State University and The Ohio State University
Sega, who was vice chair of the Committee on NASA's Strategic Direction, which authored the NRC report, said, "NASA should take the lead in forging strategic goals" and should choose from four options suggested by the report:
2. engage in cost-sharing
3. increase the NASA budget
4. reduce size/scope
Maser said that, "Many thought there would be a longtime plan of pushing the boundaries in exploration, but this wasn't sustainable," noting that "we don't have to fully give up on this plan (because) a shift of technologies to the private sector has enabled expansion."
Stating his personal opinion of where NASA should go, Maser said, "The Moon is much closer and a lot easier to find than Mars."
Morring said he agrees there is a need for consensus and that, in the current atmosphere, NASA "needs a strong voice." He also said that he can see a "partnership with China in future."
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Learn about the Space Foundation's report, PIONEERING: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space here.