... personal wiki, blog and notes
Declining Earth Observation
Allan Doyle has highlighted a recent CNN article which reports the poor future that EO has in the American space programme. This is something that has been brewing for a while now, but seems to be getting more and more real.
The worry of course is that each cancellation could potentially set a programme back by a decade, even if someone restarts it next year. Tthe hard part of a space programme isn't the hardware - although that's hard - nor the testing - although that's hard too! It's keeping the team together and/or documenting how one got to where one is now - reputedly why NASA can't go back to the moon right now, they've forgotten how to build Saturn V rockets. This, as Allan says, makes this a tough issue to deal with.
One can but hope that ESA picks up some of the slack ...