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Tyson commented on Pathogen(Ebola) barrier suit based on NASA space suit

Cost! Of course. It's worth spending over a billion dollars per person to get someone on the surface of the moon, but saving a few lives in Africa and limiting the spread of infection throughout the world and to healthcare workers with priceless years of experience and unique knowledge? Well now we need to draw up a budget. This kind of prioritization is so mindless, on every level. I'm being serious. I know it sounds sarcastic but I've had this sentiment since I first saw those healthcare workers on TV. Those things are garbage bags compared to space suits. And the second thought was, why isn't NASA spearheading this movement? I guess because it doesn't directly affect the space program, but I thought NASA did things like develop medicine.

The impetus for placing this idea here was the frustration I have with the state of national and international priority when it comes to sharing and deploying high-tech, government resources. I don't have in my hands the resources to make this barrier suit happen and I don't know whether or not USAID would even be interested because, based on the addenda, they want something that is cheaper, better and easier to deploy. And yet they are calling for all ideas. The original invention needs to go beyond the initial, foreseeable financial limitations. The suit has to be as perfect and modifiable as possible, then time and further research can bring the cost of technology down and make it's deployment more efficient. This is what all of us have observed with the personal computing industry. It started with a great idea, it was executed with a lot of seed money, and affordability has come with time and further invention. I'm just glad I was able to put this idea out on the web and have a handful of people see it. Thank you for updating us, David. Please, if possible, pass this sentiment along to the government community. Good luck with your work.

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Tyson commented on Pathogen(Ebola) barrier suit based on NASA space suit

What about the USAID grants? Do you think a team would need to partner with one of the big corporations in order to be taken seriously? I'm sure the government is interested in extremely economical implementations as well.

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Tyson commented on Pathogen(Ebola) barrier suit based on NASA space suit

Sounds good to me, William. Do you have suggestions for agencies to approach that may be interested?