Fly me to the Moon !!!

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 historic moon landing was perhaps the most significant collective and worldwide recollection of a human feat ever. The Us also continues to lead in the category of groundbreaking missions to space. China is second and accelerating its spacecraft capabilities. Third comes Russia. Following the big three come Japan, the United Kingdom, India and Canada. From the economic view point the space race has propelled communications and information gathering and processing. This has paved the road to entry by successful private corporations. By 2050 "Asgardia" the first space nation should be in orbit. Asgardia is totally financed by private companies. From the political dimension the world seems to be less fortunate today. Today successful leaders are those that instill in the hearts of their people fear, doubt and opacity. Those that fragment the political body to then ride on the worst sentiments of a faction while freezing through fear the rest of society. On this count we are much worse off than on the night the moon received the first earthlings.
Beatrice E. Rangel

Fly me to the Moon !!!

Beatrice E Rangel

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 historic moon landing was perhaps the most significant collective and worldwide recollection of a human feat ever. As indicated by Mike Collins one of the Apollo 11 astronauts, wherever he went with Armstrong and Aldrich every single human being participating in the parades in their honor would shout : we did it . And that we did it meant humankind. For a minute,  national boundaries melted away . For an instant, all human beings felt part of a community that could stand together to conquer space.
Fast forward to 2019 and think for a minute whether we live in a better or worse world.  From the strictly space craft viewpoint great progress has been made. Today while the United States maintains its leadership space development has had other players.. Indeed, the US accounts for one third of the in orbit operating spacecraft. The Us also continues to lead in the category of groundbreaking missions to space. Beginning with Apollo 11 and following with the Skylab space station, the Space Shuttle , the International Space Stations, and the Mars exploration Rovers ( opportunity and Curiosity).
China is second and accelerating its spacecraft capabilities. China owns and operates the second largest fleet of spacecrafts in orbit including remote sensing satellites, communications satellites and a space station . China has the ability to recover satellites and launch manned spacecraft. China today has a lunar exploration program.
Third comes Russia. The country has the third largest fleet of spacecrafts in the world. Russia’s projects include Soyuz ( manned spacecraft), a space station ( Salyut) and a space rover ( Lunokhod). Space activities are conducted through two agencies. The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) reigns over civilian use of space. The Russian Space forces (VKS) handles the use of space for defense purposes.
Following the big three come Japan, the United Kingdom, India and Canada.  The balance from the space abilities consequently is positive as more nations have joined the race and greater use of space triggers innovations that have sprinkled economic activity thereby entering civilian use to enhance wellbeing.
From the economic view point the space race has propelled communications and information gathering and processing. This has paved the road to entry by successful private corporations. Today corporations that have ventured into space include Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Virgin Orbit,  and  Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, as well as smaller independent companies. By 2050 there will probably be a space shuttle financed and operated by a private concern. Also, by that time Asgardia the first space nation should be in orbit. Asgardia is totally financed by private companies. This spillover effect has enhanced wellbeing and living conditions globally. This spill over effect makes our lives definitively better today than when the trio Aldrich, Armstrong and Collins took off for the moon.
From the political dimension the world seems to be less fortunate today than on the day of Aldrich/Armstrong moon landing. While the Soviet Union no longer exists, copycats are populating the world. Only in Latin America you have today Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela with totalitarian regimes that have vanquish freedoms. Also, the Russian Federation while less powerful has developed to perfection the art of trouble making. Russia knowns it cannot compete with the US, China or Europe because its economy cannot support a rendezvous with those countries. But it knows that it can make their lives miserable. And through its cyber dominance Russia makes sure these countries learn that it is in their best interests not to affect Russia’s interests. Africa seems to be in political breakdown while Asia is a mix of totalit
Also, in the times of the Apollo 11 odyssey successful politicians were those that brought together their people their people to launch them into the quest of a awe-inspiring development goal.  Today successful leaders are those that instill in the hearts of their people fear, doubt and opacity. Those that fragment the political body to then ride on the worst sentiments of a faction while freezing through fear the rest of society. On this count we are much worse off than on the night the moon received the first earthlings.

Published by LAHT.com on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

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Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies. For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O’Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador. You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.