Homestead Act in Space
If today you were offered the opportunity to settle the moon or Mars, would you do it?
If I were not getting married and knew I didn’t have a future on this blue planet, I’d heavily consider it. I had ancestors come over hundreds of years ago. Why not keep the tradition alive? Americans haven’t had this chance the West was settled.
Still, this is the way things are going for humans.
A main reason (but certainly not the only one) we haven’t settled the moon and other planets is because escaping Earth’s gravity costs a lot of money. That price is dropping pretty dramatically now and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Americans have a adventerous spirit in them — it’s a part of our national DNA. We often wonder about the future of this nation. I think a lot of our future is out there. Here’s why:
1) America has leading space technology. We are one of the few nations that can do this.
2) American companies are the ones finding ways to drop the price to escape Earth’s gravity.
3) Americans explore.
Oh and there’s one more reason: If can asteroid hits Earth tomorrow, humans are done for. If we’re on another planet, we can at least continue.
So maybe you’re wondering what this has to do with a procurement blog? Well, the U.S. space industry got its start with government procurement. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.