Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A good idea on many levels

From Jerry Pournelle:
Mission for NASA: Become the national Space Prize organization. Congress appropriates $2 billion a year, relatively trivial amounts; NASA sets up prize committees, stores up the money, and gives it away as prizes. It doesn’t fund anything, it doesn’t need large staffs, it needs some bright people to come up with prize objectives and definitions, judges to determine that the prize objectives have been met, and someone to sign the checks for winners. Nothing else.

Unleashes innovation, spurs development, oh and saves a few billion dollars a year in government spending.

I like it.

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