Private rocket company SpaceX is looking around for new launch sites to take care of all the commercial customer demand it's getting. Space Exploration Technologies already has a launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida and is currently developing one at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but it says it needs more. "Our …
If the company keeps on going like that
a) Mr. Musk deserves every yummy actress he can stick his Falcon in and, far more importantly,
b) We may actually one day become a spacefaring civilization.
Maybe he should ask Richard Branson for a corner of "Spaceport America"
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, we must be cautious.
More too big to fail syndrome
"While it would seem to most people that it makes sense to spend lots of money with SpaceX and get a lot more bang for your buck, the fact that there are far fewer employees at the private sector firm than at NASA, Lockheed and Boeing combo is not a good thing in the current political climate"
It's this too big to fail mentality that led to economic craphouse we're in now - These people have no reason not to risk it all on a crap shoot knowing they'll still get their bonus and the taxpayer will bail them out.
Please. Use. Reason. Lockheed and Boeing's lobbying influence is so evident here. Raw capitalism is propelling Spacex to replace NASA in terms of inspiration, innovation, etc. And Lockheed Boeing's lobbying power convinced the House Republicans that continuing the current Lockheed Boeing monster is what makes sense (what happened to their tea party capitalist dogma?). It's shear genius that capitalists are not inflamed with this as much as they are with govt continuance of the other Entitlements monster.
In any case, at least we now know who the socialists of both parties are after this sad decision and that the market will surely make Spacex what NASA should've become in the 80s.
This IS about private enterprise
The news is that someone shoots satellites into space cheaply enough that someone other than NASA or the Defense Department will buy their services.
Take me to the nearest space pub and stop at a cash machine on the way...maybe some day I suppose;
It's sad but likely true that COTS and similar programs will be scaled back and ULA will get most of the money because the companies behind ULA lobbied so much.
So much for doing things right, right from the start...
However, in another couple of years, when SpaceX has the Falcon 9 launching up to 10 times a year with the Falcon Heavy going up as well, all for a fraction of the cost of ULA et al, the pressure on the US Government to pull it's head out of its arse and start putting its money into places that actually are worth it will force it to switch.
By then of course, billion of dollars will have been wasted, but hey, it's only the people's money, right?
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