Wow, you really elaborated on your inciteful comment, thanks.nimbus":7vewt2il said:Who cares about Obama. Musk, Bigelow & co don't care what his motives are. They just want a crack at the problem. Better them than govt.brandbll":7vewt2il said:Who's paying for this vaunted "private space industry"? Private parties? No, WE ARE!!!! The taxpayers are paying to start this "private space industry." They haven't done jack squat and they already need us to start cutting them BILLIONS in stimulus money! Time to wake up people, space exploration just got tossed in the garbage can and this "private industry" crap from Obama is just a means of covering it up and giving people false hope.
Let me get something straight, if NASA looks at a bunch of proposals from companies on building a rocket, selects one that looks the most promising, pays them to build that rocket, and then launch the best of the best scientists into space to conduct scientific exploration; it's a waste and it's government run space exploration.
If the government takes six billion dollars and spends it on multiple companies to manufacture multiple different rockets so that those companies can launch Richy Rich so he can float around for a while and can see the earth from really high up; that's a smart PRIVATE endeavour that will greatly assist humanity's knowledge of life and the universe?
I think all the "private space" people here need to do some of us a favor and define what the private space industry actually is. Because if we're already setting aside 6 billion dollars to give to these "purely private" companies, which btw is a THIRD of what NASAs budget is, then exactly what is the frigging difference from the status quo? Do you people think that private companies don't compete(i.e. the whole capitalism aspect everyone complains is lacking) for NASAs contracts? And please, don't kid yourself. These companies are going to be coming back with their hands open for more money down the line.