The following proposal was offered officially during our most recent Vodcast, NASA EDGE: Daytona 500. I am posting it here in order to officially begin my campaign.
Here we go:
As of today, June 17, 2008, I am officially putting my medianaut pursuits on hold. Instead, I am offering my talents, gifts and insight to NASA in a new capacity. I am starting my own campaign to become NASA’s first Commissioner of Astronautics. My campaign features four platforms designed to help NASA engage the public more directly in the exploration of Space. As commissioner, I propose the following:
1. Institute an annual Astronaut Draft (similar to professional sports drafts) wherein each directorate or division would receive a predetermined number of draft picks to fulfill their missions each year. The draft would not be limited to rookie selections. Veteran Astronauts would be eligible in the first year, but directorates could hold onto their best astronauts just like keeper leagues.
2. Create a series of Astronaut Scouting Combines to help the various directorates/divisions gauge the skills within the NASA Astronaut talent pool. These combines would be occur prior to the draft at key training facilities such as the NBL, Desert RATS, M113 Obstacle Course, etc.
3. Merge the Mission schedule with a solid Playoff Model. This is the most difficult, so I am willing to look at more of a merge between the Mission schedule and the bowl game system. Each Directorate, based on performance, would receive a mission bid, just like bowls. Those missions are then sponsored by commercial entities. For example, the Lens Crafter Hubble Mission, or the Home Depot ISS Servicing Mission are possible.
4. Developing a marketing manifesto to manage the huge amount of Public Relations opportunities. Fantasy NASA. Mission Play-by-play and color commentary, where you actually have the missions called by a team of broadcasters – live. Another idea, again from professional sports, might include a live concert at NASA Kennedy Space Center for the fans just prior to launch.
I know that these ideas are radical, but I think I am on to something big. Can I count on your support?
Get out and vote! Photo Credit: A valued Blair 08 Campaign Volunteer
Commissioner of Astronautics (elect)