It took a panel of twelve independent “experts” to conclude that NASA has no clear direction from the White House or from Congress or what its goals should be. I wonder how much that cost? NASA wants a larger budget. So what else is new?
Everyone wants a bigger budget. NASA I like because they are good at what they do. NASA would be great in an Assistant to the Private space Industry sort of function. NASA cannot beat private industry in the cost department though. So if we turn NASA into a think and development tank. That would be the best course of action. NASA develops it. Private Industry makes it happen.
Here are some goals for NASA:
Continue developing Talos-Terrier-Oriole.
Further develop the Sky Crane Project to create a functional mechanism for moving modules from Earth to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) this idea has merit and applications beyond dropping rovers off on Mars.
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Develop a transfer method to ferry modules from LEO to Geostationary Orbit (GSO).
Develop multiple and choose a modular design that can be coupled in space to create a long-term habitat that operates less like a science lab and more toward long but comfortable manned missions.
Develop a lander craft with room for three passengers that can vertically and horizontally ascend. It must include a cargo hold capable of being pressurized.