July 8th, 2011
C|Net mentions, in their coverage of the final Shuttle mission:
The so-called "flexible path" approach calls for the near-term development of private-sector spaceships to ferry astronauts to and from the space station on a for-profit basis while NASA focuses on designing new, more affordable rockets and spacecraft for eventual voyages to nearby asteroids, the moons of Mars, or even the red planet itself.
You know what the first thing is that NASA should do if they really want to foster development of private-sector orbital launch capability?
NASA should open-source the SSME.