The Space Review - 2007-03-04

Welcome to this week’s issue of The Space Review:

Death throes and grand delusions

If you believe the Russian space company Energia, it has grand plans
to industrialize the Moon and harvest helium-3. Such statements,
Dwayne Day argues, are symptoms of deeper problems with both the
company and Russian space policy.

Current issues in NewSpace

Many of the concerns facing the entrepreneurial space industry have
shifted over the years as markets have emerged and regulatory
barriers overcome. Jeff Foust reports on what those in the industry
see as some of the key issues now facing emerging space companies.

So that’s what they mean by sustainable and affordable

Recent documents suggest that NASA is planning to launch only a
couple Orion spacecraft a year for the indefinite future. Taylor
Dinerman argues that this makes international and commercial partners
critical to the long-term success of the Vision.

Space program co-ops and Astronaut Farmer

In a movie, Charles Farmer assembles an orbital rocket in his barn to
fulfill a lifelong dream. Sam Dinkin reviews the real-life history of
personal efforts to go to space.

A plea to those who are passionate about human spaceflight

It’s one thing to say that the space community needs to educate and
reach out to the public. However, Chris Carberry says that the
community itself needs to do more political work to ensure a bright
future for space exploration.