Agreed but NASA follows the ITAR and FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) for Foreign Acquisitions and the only way to change the rules is if the countries not included in the list of FTA countries sign an agreement with the United States government.
But I do have a question I've been meaning to ask
. What about Youseff Ghali? He was the Winner of the Venus Clockwork Rover Challenge and he is from Egypt. Egypt is not a part of the FTA nor is it a Designated Country.
was there and he oversaw the challenge as NTL's Deputy Manager. I believe the FAR has already been established in 2018, why has this rule only been put into action recently?
If NASA truly wants to utilize the power of the crowd then these restrictions shouldn't even be in place. If geniuses can come from anywhere, then why not give them a chance to prove themselves even if they're in a place that has little to no trade agreements? Bright ideas come from all around the world and restricting access to submitters who work on their own defeats the purpose of a crowdsourcing platform. I truly believe improvements can be made for the sake of the minority who are more than willing to help NASA make a better future for everyone. The world is only but one collection of minds working towards the same goal. For the common good...