NASA, TRUMP, AND SPACE EXPLORATION

NASA, TRUMP, AND SPACE EXPLORATION

As I've noted over the past few days, sorting through all the stories and op-ed pieces out there about what the policies of President-elect Trump's administration might look like has been immensely difficult. Many of these have had to do with geopolitical implications, and indeed, I've been focused on some of these the past few days, both in blogs and in interviews and videos.

However, there's one very significant story that I've not heard mentioned very much, and that concerns Mr. Trump's place and leanings for space, and given that space is one of the things we concentrate on here, I would be remiss not to address it. This very important story was found by Mr. V.T., who shared it with us:

Trump's NASA Transition Team: "Goal is Human Exploration of Our Entire Solar System"

Consider the implications of these paragraphs from the article:

Donald Trump’s space advisers want his space program to focus more on human deep space exploration and less on researching the Earth and climate science. And the emerging commercial spaceflight industry will play a significant role in space policy moving forward.

In a recent op-ed in Space News, written by Robert S. Walker, former chairman of the House Science Committee and Peter Navarro, an economist and public policy expert suggested that "NASA should be focused primarily on deep space activities rather than Earth-centric work that is better handled by other agencies. Human exploration of our entire Solar System by the end of this century should be NASA’s focus and goal.""We laid out our vision to have human exploration of the entire Solar System by the end of the century," Walker told The Verge. "That certainly includes the Moon and Mars and well beyond most of those."

Walker, who wrote Trump’s proposed space policy, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association should take over all of NASA’s satellite missions that are used to research Earth and its climate.

"The science that is being doing is essentially Earth-based science," Walker told The Verge. "It relates to weather; it relates to Earth-based needs. And so NOAA is probably a more appropriate place for that to be done."

This policy move could restructure NASA’s Earth Science division, which has seen a relatively steady increase in funding under the Obama administration.

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Walker and Navarro made it clear that strong public-private partnerships like that with SpaceX, tasked with ferrying people and cargo to and from the International Space Station, will continue, and that they will seek to turn the International Space Station into a "quasi-public facility" — something NASA has expressed interest in doing for some time. (Emphasis added)

So in other words, during a Trump administration, one can look for (1) a restructuring of NASA, spinning off Earth-climate sciences to other agencies, leaving NASA free to pursue deep space missions, (2) an increase and expansion of cooperation and development of space technologies and assets between NASA and private corporations, and (3) perhaps an official declaration from Trump of some sort of "Mars by-such-and-such a date" statement, similar to President Kennedy's announcement of landing on the Moon and safely returning humans from it, as part of a public declaration of focus or vision for the space agency to concentrate on manned deep space missions.

So where's the high octane speculation in all of this? For some time I've been arguing that the decentralizing political movements that we see emerging on Earth might lead Mr. Globaloney to change strategy, from imposing a top down solution on Earth from Earth, to basing that operation in space itself. To this end, I've also argued for some time that as part of those post-World War Two era financial deals that established a large system of hidden finance, that the major financial powers and banks were talked into this arrangement perhaps by the secret collateralization of space assets, including whatever "ancient technologies" might be found out there. I've argued that the current pushing of the meme of space "commercialization" tends to support my prior analysis in this respect.

Similarly, I've advanced the notion that one might see the re-emergence of the "sovereign corporations" of colonial development of yesteryear, space-based versions - as it were - of the Dutch or British East India Companies. My reasons for advancing this on-the-surface wild hypothesis is not only that this would fulfill the obligations of that possible secret collateralization of space that I've been arguing, but also because these companies undertook the obligation to defend their commercial interests, and indeed, were expected to do so. This led to the British and Dutch East India Companies in effect having their own militaries, their own soldiers, forts, cannons, and warships. Doing this in a kind of "Space Indies Company" would apparently circumvent existing space treaties prohibiting the militarization of space by the signatory powers. But the last time I looked, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Robert Bigelow, or for that matter, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Siemens, Rheinmetall, Dassault, Messerschmitt-Belkow-Blohm, and so on, were not signatories to those treaties. And Mr. Trump, a businessman himself, would be in a sense the perfect president to whom to advance such ideas and concepts, if - and it's a major "if" - one were going to argue for them. And he would be the perfect person in turn to argue for them to a larger public.

The problem here is that by expanding commercially into deep space, we might, as I argued at last year's Secret Space Program Conference in Bastrop, Texas, be crossing some ancient "cosmic Versailles treaty's" quarantine zone or boundary, in which case one would want to offer reassurances to "whomever."

See you on the...

...oh, and one more thing, before I forget:

Such thoughts do place that visit of Secretary Kerry to Antarctica into yet another very interesting and intriguing interpretive context, does it not?

Here endeth the High Octane Speculation of the day.

See you on the flip side...

23 thoughts on “NASA, TRUMP, AND SPACE EXPLORATION”

  1. Hi, all! I noticed this post on Farrell’s Instagram and I registered to comment on this. I noticed on ReverseSpeech.com that an analysis of Trump during the debate caught him saying this:

    Donald – “So I just left some high representatives of India. They’re growing at 8%. China is growing [at 7%. And that for them is a] catastrophically low number.” REVERSE: THERE’S ANOTHER PLANET, NASA THE BEST THING.

    Make of that what you will. If you want to hear the forward and reverse statement, link here:

    http://reversespeech.com/reversal/2016-third-presidential-candidate-debate/

  2. I am somewhat baffled by your perspective. You, as well as anyone, knows that antigravitational technology has allowed for a migration from Earth for at least 75 years now. Additionally, there are at least two other factors that expand on the implications of this: 1) that untold and unaccounted $trillions have, year after year, vanished down the military/industrial rabbit hole; and 2) that, as recent SSP whistleblowers are currently asserting, a vast interplanetary infrastructure has already been well established by an independent conglomerate of multinational aerospace corporations. This of course, continues to expand their own sovereign program –or should I say…. program of sovereignty. After all, decades of such an intensively financed and focused technological effort, augmented bytechnologies of endless electromagnetic power generation, must necessarily result in a civilization characterized by exponential growth, now well along on its developmental curve…

  3. Is Trump the disclosure president? I started thinking about this and it makes sense in some ways. The scenario I see is a combination of “end times” prophecy/plan unfolding. Keep in mind I view the Christian end times scenario as a plan not a prophecy. They are actively trying to bring it about.

    First he releases the truth about the JFK killing. Once he has everyone’s attention he releases information about ET and past civilizations. He brings out into the open the technology travel the solar system and to power earth with one or two devices per continent. Only continents agreeing to end current wars and settle all disputes through him are given it. They also agree to use the currency specified. He gets total control of the world.

    Great progress is made as economic problems are swept aside with almost free electric energy.
    After that he strikes a “final solution” deal with the Zionists and Arabs. The temple gets rebuilt as part of the deal. The Roth-anti-Christ declares himself god in it. This may be Trump or a Roth.

    Look for Egypt and Ethiopia to join the Russian block fully as they will be required to take part in the final war. Turkey will also leave NATO, withdraw its EU application. They will fully switch to the Russian side and accept Russia as mediator when it comes time for them to leave Syria.

  4. On Trump and Space, I ended-up with quotes from “The Mote in God’s Eye” (Moties #1) by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle. See if you can see why…

    First as a teaser, from the old master himself: “Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read.” ~Robert A. Heinlein (1974)

    The ‘Crazy Eddie’ archetype:
    “When a city has grown so overlarge and crowded that it is in immediate danger of collapse … when food and clean water flow into the city at a rate just sufficient to feed every mouth, and every hand must work constantly to keep it that way … when all transportation is involved in moving vital supplies, and none is left over to move people out of the city should the need arise … then it is that Crazy Eddie leads the movers of garbage out on strike for better working conditions.”

    “Nitwit ideas are for emergencies. You use them when you’ve got nothing else to try. If they work, they go in the Book. Otherwise you follow the Book, which is largely a collection of nitwit ideas that worked.”

    “There were the meaningless greetings the humans called ‘formalities’: insincere inquiries into the state of health, nebulous benedictions and hopes for past well-being; all compensations for the lack of human Mediators.”

    “It was not part of his nature to wish for what could not be, but he hoped that the efforts to breed a more stable Mediator would succeed; it was difficult to work with creatures who might suddenly see an unreal universe and make judgements based on it. The pattern was always the same: First they wished for the impossible. Then they worked toward it, still knowing it to be impossible. Finally, they acted as if the impossible could be achieved, and let that unreality influence every act.”

    Around the end of the book, the Moties quote an old story from Herodotus:
    “Once, there was a thief who was to be executed. As he was taken away, he made a bargain with the king: In one year, he would teach the king’s favorite horse to sing hymns.
    The other prisoners watched the thief singing to the horse and laughed. ‘You will not succeed,’ they told him. ‘No one can.’
    To which. the thief replied, ‘I have a year, and who knows what will happen in that time. The king might die. The horse might die. I might die. And perhaps, the horse will learn to sing.’”

  5. Robert Barricklow

    Private Public Partnership
    Private for profit
    public for debt

    The private sector side of the partnership will divide up the solar system’s real estate.
    The public side will take care of the debt/costs..

    The private sector will own the system
    The public side of the partnership will be billed

    Earth is already owned and exploited to…

  6. Quite likely, but also may be dependent on how well established your infrastructure and extra Earth military might is when you attempt it. If you can sit out there and lob meteors at key locations fast and long enough you could pull it off. Much cheaper than nukes, and no waiting for the radiation to subside when it’s over, and a seriously depleted population with little left to prevent it.
    Just saying…

  7. darn it – modded. 🙂
    Ok, moving swiftly on.. Getting into space and through the Versaille Zone..
    Errmmm.. I think everyone here has seen The Day the Earth Stood Still. It’s nice to go towards the movie as disclosure (as heavily touched upon by Dr Farrel with Star Wars and the Pyramids) but in order to advance, we’d have to really know what other (if they exist…) species think of us.
    It’s either..
    Fernando Cortés de Monroy Pizarro Altamirano Vs The ENTIRE AZTEC EMPIRE. (we’re the Aztec Emire..)
    or
    Ronald McDonald Vs A Herd of Cattle.
    (We’re the Cattle….)
    or
    The Nordics who want to give us Nuclear Weapons in order to promote Peace and Love and Understanding..
    (We’re still looking for the LovE..)

    1. One possible way to get around the politically correct mod might be to purposefully misspell key words linked to politically correct agendas.

      1. LOL, I have tried that before. Does work occasionally, but not often. I think it’s learning or being updated to look for these things.

        1. well I did ask for it.. Putting police shooting black people and Elon musk CIA Mole in one paragrah..

  8. Hey Dr, can we please ask the site administrators to change the comments section so that the earliest comments are at the top and then we can scroll down to follow the ‘story’.. but putting the comments into a more easily followable format.. (sorry for the horrible English, I’m tired..) (and I’m english….)
    Yeh, so, Trump.. working with CIA mole Elon Musk (hate him for what he did to Tesla Motors..)to commercialise Space.. I’m still not seeing how this is going to work.. Once the initial overheads have been paid off. (cost of getting there and back) The cost of the material brought back will be worthless. And best of all it will plummet the cost of the same material back on Earth. Come back with a meteorite full of Iron Zinc and Platinum.. Prices for those metals will freefall, jobs on Earth will be lost. People will go hungry.. Riots … Police shooting Black people… side thought.. will the police start shooting fat greedy business men now that one of them is president?

  9. If this is Trump space policy I hope he has the economics down tight. Unlike Bozo Bush the first who knows hadn’t seem to have thought out or cared how he was going to pay for the Moon-Mars projects. The idea of turning space into a shooting gallery has been a meme of many science fiction novels and short stories Robert Heinlein has dealt with this among many other authors. And as always rockets aren’t going to hack it as the propulsion system for these projects.

  10. Sadly, I don’t think Trump’s vision goes beyond Trump resorts on Mars and the other potentially habitable bodies in the solar system. And with a Mars colony you also get Martians who will demand to immigrate to North America and Europe. IF you thought the current batch of immigrants are bad, wait until these mutants start swamping our continents. They haven’t seen regular sunlight in hundreds of thousands if not millions of years.

    It will only be a matter of time before these Martian immigrants start demanding that the US government either blot out the Sun with domes, or enormous sky visors, or start housing them underground on the taxpayers dime. Can you imagine what they will be like on a college campus? All the campus turf will have to be torn up and the formerly green spaces of the colleges will be made barren in order duplicate the bleakness of their home planet. Football fields will be declared offensive to Martians and games will be contested on sand and rocks, as grass will be viewed as a symbol of Earthling privilege. Dingy and cramped safe places will be dug underground and dopey social justice Earthlings will be tripping over one another to be the first one to live down there, praying that the dark, confined conditions will permanently damage their eye sight and posture so they can better identify with their Martian brothers and sisters. Who knows, maybe they will even start a reparations movement demanding restitution for the damage to their planet and their lives during the cosmic war and the destruction inflicted on it by the giza weapon. What if Dr. Farrell’s Giza trilogy becomes the bible for the Martian reparations movement and he becomes a huge celebrity on college campuses all across America, thereby erasing all his bleak memories of being a woefully underpaid, and intellectually stifled associate professor way back when?

  11. Kerry’s visit to Antarctica related to space? As I said a few days ago, we need more modern intelligence related to what is happening there. Frankly, Antarctica has been sitting there in the south unattended publicly by anyone except “science teams” since Operation High-Jump. Antarctica would be the perfect place for a secret space program and secret space fleet to operate a control center–if not more than this. If something IS happening there then it raises the stakes that something is occurring on the moon also. Adding this to all of the other space development news over the past two years plus quantum computing one gets the idea this egg may be nearly ready to serve.

  12. Corporate control of space has been a common meme in science fiction films for the last several decades. Space is the ultimate high ground and without the means to get there, no revolution against those in power is possible. We’re already seeing corporations with their own private armies, so this scenario is a possibility.
    How they deal with that “treaty” or any ongoing “war in heaven” remains to be seen. I doubt we have obtained true parity with “anyone” out there yet as, we simply don’t have the manufacturing capability yet to equal the numbers of craft and bottle rockets aren’t going to cut it. Eventually they will have to bring whatever hidden technology they have into the mainstream and get serious about manufacturing fleets. Before they can do that they will have to establish cooperation between nations. You can’t be spending most of your money on war and do this at the same time. Hence the urgency to establish that “world order”.
    In the end, it still comes down to control, money, and the concentration of both into fewer and fewer hands. It doesn’t fare well for those left behind.

    1. It would be very easy to cut off a space based tyranny from Earth. I won’t get into the specifics but I’m sure if there ever is a war with space based eugenesists others will quickly see the simplest and most effective low tech solution.

      1. I would venture to guess that those who have the ability to rule from beyond this “sphere” will undoubtedly command a knowledge of verboten physics and the ability to modulate the energetic “relationships” between other “spheres” that would likely impart less than optimal conditions for those on the receiving end…..

    2. In Fred Saberhagen’s “Berserker” series, the Berserkers had their own planet-wide shipbuilding facilities. Massive-scale fleet building. Humans had to put away their petty grievances against each other – as far as possible – in order to simply survive as a species (literally). You can go into the ‘Big Leagues’, or the ‘Big Leagues’ can come to you…

      The above is why all the ‘bluster’ about SSP fleets and facilities are just that. As Soviet Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov said, “Quantity has a quality all its own.” If we ever run up against somebody who could “Tower of Babel moment” us, we better have both quality AND quantity…

    3. “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Nothing controversial. Faugh!
      goshawks – November 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm.

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