Friday, September 10, 2010

Freeman Dyson: Congress Should Reject H.R. 5781

Freeman Dyson: Congress Should Reject H.R. 5781, Choose “Right Side of History”

The present House bill will delay the time when space can make a greater contribution to our national welfare. The most useful thing this Congress can do to lower the cost of launch is to create a market for space transportation services. The Kelly Act of 1925, which contracted for private air mail delivery, is a successful example. A consequence of the Kelly Act was the development of the DC-3. As students of history note, the commercial DC-3 ( re-designated the C-47) was an important element in winning WWII.

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