NASA shuttle privatization report—rejected own conclusion
NASA Shuttle Privatization Report
In response to the 107th Congress’s request to investigate privatizing the space shuttle program (SSP), NASA issued the following:
“CONCEPT OF PRIVATIZATION OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM”
Ronald D. Dittemore September 28, 2001
Manager, Space Shuttle Program
It is believed that utilization of the Space Shuttle for human access to space will continue through at least 2015 and possibly beyond 2020. The longevity and operational aspects of this program demand a different approach to operational management for the future. A different management strategy needs to be employed.
Privatization of the SSP has the potential to provide significant benefits to the Government. However, timing is critical. The continuing erosion of NASA skills and experience threatens the safety of the program. It is critical to take advantage of the existing NASA SSP expertise before further erosion affects the ability to plan and safely implement privatization. Today, the skill and knowledge legacy still remain to formulate the appropriate merger of the NASA SSP and private industry.
NASA REJECTED THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS AND SENT OUR FUTURE IN SPACE TO MUSEUMS!