Re: SPACE: Cassini Mission Consequences

Richard Plourde (
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 20:30:17 -0400

At 10:12 AM 9/23/97 -0500, Paul Hager wrote:

>> True, but government should not get totally out of the picture
until the
>> technological and infrastructure base is sufficient to be
>> with growth, not just self sufficiency.
>This may be -- let's say I'm somewhat agnostic on the subject of
>or not a government needs to "prime the pump". But, assuming
that such
>may be necessary, I would want government involvement to be
>indirect, and of limited duration.

As I understand it, a U.S. Federal law makes it illegal for a
private corporation to compete with NASA. Unfortunately, I
haven't been able to search down the references -- so my
understanding might merely represent folklore.

Request: anyone who *does* know the legality of U.S.-based
private launches, please illuminate. I note that, if significant
legal barriers exist, they would represent quite the opposite of
"pump priming."


Richard Plourde ..

"The word is not the thing, the map is not the territory"