At TED2006, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan came out swinging. “Houston, we have a problem,” he declared, and went on to lambast the government-funded space program for failing to inspire the next generation. NASA has stalled, he says, especially when it comes to manned flights. And the solution is privately funded spacecraft development (the kind encouraged by the $10M X-Prize, which he won in 2004 with SpaceShipOne).
Indeed, a new entrepreneurial space race has begun. And the rogue Rutan invites all comers. If you missed his talk, he’s put it in writing for this month’s Business 2.0: Why Space Needs You.