Saturday, January 23, 2010

NASA budget news leaking out...

...and it isn't good. The $3B increase the Augustine panel said was needed looks like it will never materialize. The agency is going to have to bite a very hard bullet and think about what it can do with less.
One thing to look at right now is increasing partnerships. NASA has a pretty good record of working with other space agencies, but it needs to start a review now to see what programs and objectives might enlist help from the corporate and nonprofit sectors. That can mean adjusting objectives, negotiating partnerships, and other things that are all hard to do. But NASA got famous by doing the hard things. Reinventing itself might be the hardest, but it can be done.

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