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Does The U.S. Need The Private Space Station?

  Volume 2, #12 The Scientist June 27, 1988 Does The U.S. Need The Private Space Station?   U.S. competitiveness will suffer if we don't build it now, by Gregg R. Fawkes Let's find out who will use it before we waste a billion dollars, by John Pike Date: June 27, 1988 Two years ago, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger etched its searing images on minds of the U.S. public—and crippled the country’s space effort Experiments, satellites, and

John Carey


 
Volume 2, #12 The Scientist June 27, 1988

Does The U.S. Need The Private Space Station?

  Date: June 27, 1988

Two years ago, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger etched its searing images on minds of the U.S. public—and crippled the country’s space effort Experiments, satellites, and probes, already backlogged by delays in the shuttle program, were grounded. Many scientists and companies began to look for alternative launch systems and space platforms to carry their projects.

So too did the Reagan administration. Officials began to worry that U.S. industry, unable to perform experiments in the near-weightlessness of space, would fall behind foreign competitors in the race to develop new materials and materials-processing techniques. Even the return to...

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