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Jun 15, 2016, 03:09 PM
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Space is like classical music.


It's been 20 years now of watching college students gloat about how they were going to rekindle the interest of young people & women in the space program. 1st, generation Y was going to restart it with myspace. Then Elon Musk had a strict policy of not hiring anyone over 30 & male. Indeed, the people working in aerospace startups these days are all under 30 & a small number are women, examples of rekindled interest at least among people employed in the industry.


The trick is, the people who aren't employed in the industry but read about it are all old & male. There is absolutely no interest among female millenials & male millenials can barely register any knowledge of the space program.


The space program is like classical music, where all the musicians are under 30 but all the audiences are old & dying off. The paying public is once again old timers trying to relive their childhood memories of the Apollo program, but few from a later time have replaced the growing number of empty seats in the audience. All the aerospace conventions are filled with old timers attending & young timers exhibiting.


The young timers would rather go to comic cons, game cons, or mobile app cons, but not real aerospace cons unless they're employees. Some millenials know the existence of a Falcon 9, but they don't know the Falcon 9 has never carried humans, that it routinely launches 2 satellites at a time, or that it's not fully reusable.



The fake test pilot's generation came too early to get into the modern space race. There were no opportunities for a 25 year old in aerospace, in 1999. Instead, our space race was Linux, we wanted to work for Linux startups & make world's fastest web server. By the time the 1st privately funded rockets started going up, we were over 30 & it was generation Y's domain.
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