These Federal Aviation Administration regulations are why we’re not going to Mars

Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“[A]long with either eight or nine planets in the Solar System, there are at least 180 moons beyond our own, a couple of them (Ganymede and Titan) even larger than the planet Mercury. And there are more that two million asteroids larger than a half-mile in diameter. So resources in space are infinite as far as humanity is concerned. There’s a lot of room, and little concern about bumping into one another. Just go walk the scale model of the solar system in front of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. The model of the Sun is less than volleyball sized, and on that scale, the plaque that tells you where the nearest star Proxima Centauri would be in relation might shock. However I’m not sure how many folks, or even members of Congress outside its House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, realize just how thoroughly commercial space activities like asteroid mining are apt to be regulated.” (05/16/17)