Friday, May 20, 2005

Rutan Takes NASA To Task

In his acceptance speech for the Von Braun Award from the National Space Society, Burt Rutan has harsh words for NASA.

"We have regressed. Do you know of any technology that gets over the decades more dangerous?"

"The public is not excited about spending money to fund a trip to Mars run by an agency that doesn't have the courage to go back to the Hubble Telescope...We're not excited about spending billions to do a small amount of science on the space station."

About NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Rutan said, "I'm very impressed by him. I don't know if he can get through the bureaucracy."

Rutan is very hopeful about the future of private spaceflight, "In 15 years, every kid will know he can go in his lifetime."