Sunday, August 17, 2008

Updated Obama Space Policy (Including Space Prizes)

Presidential candidate Obama has updated his space policy proposals:

Obama Position Paper on Space Exploration - NASA Watch

Change! - Transterrestrial Musings

Obama commits to moon mission, additional shuttle flight - Orlando

PDF of policy at Orlando Sentinel

This document is the first one I've seen (from any Presidential candidate) that specifically promotes space prizes. Here are the 2 excerpts:

Jumpstarting Consumer Technology: Obama will expand the use of prizes for revolutionary technical achievements that can benefit society, and funds for joint industry/government rapid-to-the-consumer technology advances.

Establishing Teacher/Researcher Fund for High Schools: Barack Obama will support nontraditional approaches, such as student design competitions and internet-based collaborations to engage students and develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.