Human Missions Seen as Key to Inspiring New Generation

Firing up public called vital to next space age
Denver Post

Winning the enthusiasm of the public and future engineers is critical to advancing the next space age, top aerospace executives said Thursday….

While the human element sharply drives up the cost, sending people to explore space is an essential part of attracting interest and funds, creating relationships and tapping a basic human need, said Roger Krone, president of Boeing’s IDS Network and Space Systems.

Manned missions in the 1960s attracted many people to the field and led to big strides, said Jon Jones, president of Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems.

“We need to recapture the hearts and minds of our future professionals and inspire young people to pick us as a career,” Jones said.

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