NASA has had it's new administrator too short a time for anything clear to have come out on this, but I suspect that the series of prizes for getting cheap reusables to orbit will be a big part of the plan to replace the shuttle and the ISS.
Originally posted by ironpirate
@Apr 12 2005, 05:18 PM
I still wish private industry would get into the Space Race.
I wouldn't be completely surprised to see the moon base, and moon metalurgical industry end up being sponsored by similar prizes. We might be seeing a major change in how NASA operates it's manned space ventures. I suspect that the risk to test pilots will be leaving the hands of the government.
Forming opinions as we speak