Industry Must Embrace And Support NASA’s Aeronautics Strategy
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
But unless Congress is convinced of aviation's benefits—and understands that U.S. leadership really does face challengers—NASA will find it hard to protect aeronautics research from cuts, let alone increase funding. While there is room to quibble about some elements of NASA's new vision—if there will ever be a market for low-boom supersonic transports, or on-demand air taxis—the strategy is encompassing enough to be embraced and supported by industry.
An alarm needs to be sounded. A vital and vigorous aeronautics research program is essential. Thankfully, that is just what Associate Administrator Shin and his team are trying to provide.