“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” ― John F. Kennedy
The 60’s were an exciting time! (I wasn’t there, but who wouldn’t want to listen to the Beatles on vinyl and wear flower patterns all day while knowing that the stuff of science fiction was becoming a reality every day?)
It was also a time of a driven desire and need to explore space- be it because of political reasons or pure desire of discovery, you can see just in this simple chart below how our nation was focused on all things space during the space race era:
So what happened? Why have we not continued this trend of pumping money into NASA and its supporting agencies in order to continue and further our knowledge of space and development of technology that supports these endeavors?
You could hear a million and one responses to this question, but what it comes down to is that the government no longer has a public reason to focus on space- the novelty has worn off and the global impact of planting the flag and saying “First” is not looked upon as great as it was when rockets were first carrying humans out of earth’s clutches.
NASA is a government agency – don’t forget that. While they are a spectacular group of men and women with some of the brightest minds represented, NASA is located on a military base with government funding provided by the tax payers and just like any government agency, they have limitations and agendas behind them.
So, before we get too political here, what can we do to continue our endeavors in space? By we, I mean, what can humanity do to continuing not only gazing upon the stars, but reaching out and touching them?
Privatization and entrepreneurship.
SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Firefly Space Systems, Copenhagen Suborbitals, Electron – Rocket Lab, Halo Aerospace (shameless plug there)…the list goes on.
The new space race is already here, but the beauty of it is that it is nothing like the 60’s. We are not being propelled by sole political interest and no longer is space exploration dominated by the government sector.
Space has become the new silicon valley.
Billionaires to non-profits alike have all joined this new era to propel humanity to the next stage of space exploration. Some focus on the human factor (Mars missions), some focus on the machine factor (satellites) and some still haven’t quite figured out what they want to focus on, but that’s okay!
We are in the era where space is no longer just for the rich and famous. We are not focused on glamorizing astronauts or placing the stars and stripes on extraterrestrial soil- we are focused on progress and innovation and this is what leads to those definable accomplishments.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist anymore to be involved in space. This humanized era of space innovation is propelled by mixed fields with mixed talents that may not have ever been utilized in the past.
“I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.” -Elon Musk
So what is Halo doing?
Halo Aerospace which was founded with one ultimate purpose: To bring space travel cost under $1000 for people like you and I. No longer are you going to have to sell your .com company for millions in order to travel into space. You and your family will be deciding to go to Disney over the summer to to go 160+ kilometers above earth.
Sure it is going to take a while, years to get to this point and sure, we will not be experts in the same areas as other companies, but Halo Aerospace will be experts in humanizing space and making it so you and your family can experience the heavens like never before. We have already begun development of new technologies and secured partnerships with established companies to grow this development initiative.
So, support aerospace, support privatization and get excited because we are living in a historic era right now!
“The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search the chance of success is zero.” -Philip Morrison