Space Policy? Energy Policy? Security Policy?
Posted by Coyote on June 19, 2007
An apparent stumbling block for space-based solar power inside Washington (and probably elsewhere) is that it is always someone else’s job. It spans far beyond any single organization’s charter, so it becomes the dropped ball, getting only an occasional glance from the players:
- Energy is the Department of Energy’s job (hence the name), but they don’t do space
- NASA does space, but they’re doing Moon, Mars, and beyond, not energy
- The Department of Defense also does space, but it is not in the energy business
As the political parties hammer out their platforms for the 2008 presidential election, where should they address the development of space-based solar power? How should the new administration proceed? Who should be the lead department or agency?