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1 sauceruney  May 24, 2014 2:01:08pm

SpaceX is probably my favorite place I’ve had the opportunity to visit for work. Really liking this guy and what he stands for.

2 Rightwingconspirator  May 24, 2014 3:07:58pm

The establishment always fight s the maverick that does it better. They fight dirty.

3 Bubblehead II  May 24, 2014 5:02:44pm

While I see why Musk would want a cut of the Military launches ($$$$) I think he should concentrate on manned space flight. Get a man rated Dragon capsule certified for both low earth orbit and lunar/mars insertion.

With the Russians pulling out of the ISS in the near future (not to mention that we are currently dependent on them to get us there) this is vital.

We must have a way to transport our own people into space with out having to rely on a second party

4 Shiplord Kirel  May 24, 2014 10:11:02pm

re: #3 Bubblehead II

While I see why Musk would want a cut of the Military launches ($$$$) I think he should concentrate on manned space flight. Get a man rated Dragon capsule certified for both low earth orbit and lunar/mars insertion.

With the Russians pulling out of the ISS in the near future (not to mention that we are currently dependent on them to get us there) this is vital.

We must have a way to transport our own people into space with out having to rely on a second party

All true, but “no bucks, no Buck Rogers” as Tom Wolfe said in The Right Stuff. The military launches, if won, need not detract at all from the Dragon effort. They will use largely the same launchers and infrastructure SpaceX is contracting to commercial customers now.

5 danarchy  May 26, 2014 8:43:25pm

re: #3 Bubblehead II

We must have a way to transport our own people into space with out having to rely on a second party

Isn’t NASA supposed to be testing the Orion capsule this year?

6 Shiplord Kirel  May 28, 2014 3:08:29pm

re: #5 danarchy

Isn’t NASA supposed to be testing the Orion capsule this year?

The difference between Orion and Dragon is only that Orion will not actually fly until December of this year, with crewed flights “after 2020.” NASA is paying a contractor (Lockheed-Martin) for research and development, an expense SpaceX has largely born itself. It is NOT a case of “NASA vs. private enterprise.” Private enterprise is more, not less, involved in the Orion development, and at a cost many times greater than Dragon.


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