Saturday, February 09, 2008

Multiple Voices of Space Advocates

Here's an interesting post on the different factions in the pro-space community. Of course NewSpace is one of the factions, and the Lunar Lander Challenge is briefly mentioned in that context. The main point of the post, however, is to show how the focus and interests of the space community have diversified over the years, much as the TV or musical interests of the general public have split into many sub-genres. In both cases this is due not only to technological changes (lower development costs, cable TV, Internet, satellite radio, etc) but also business and cultural shifts. Clearly there are advantages to being able to pursue excactly the area you're mosts interested in, but the post also points out the disadvantages.