Actually this is something I'm optimistic about, if the private space industry in the US is backed and the public and private sector work together, I think you'll see spaceflight really come into its own as an industry. NASA will be able to afford more missions (unmanned and manned) then ever before and as it becomes more and more affordable over time I expect we'll see most international space programs 'buying American' to get their own programs into orbit. "Space" could become America's next major export.mr_mark":13br1zys said:I have a feeling this argument will be mute in about a month after the launch of falcon 9, which i have a hunch will be successful. Politics and publicity will take over and most senators will come online to the idea of commercial. Just a note Spacex does not really need NASA in the long run. In fact, NASA needs them more than Spacex needs them. Remember, Spacex's first sattellite launch was for Malaysia and they have plenty of international clients already booked for their services. After a decade or so, if the game United States becomes too hard due to poilitics, Spacex being a corporation can reestablish itself anywhere in the world and launch private astronauts or astronaunts from other countries. It's a business not a program. :roll:
That's not quite true. SpaceX has been testing individual components for a while now, the launch in March is merely the first full launch test, and they already plan on launching at least two more before attempting a delivery demonstration to the ISS, and even more before they even consider launching astronauts. They are going about this the right way.jakethesnake":13br1zys said:All I am pointing out is that at this point SpaceX has never launched a Falcon 9 and even if they have designed there hardware to be robust enough to handle four time the design limits the real world testing has yet to begin.