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Will SpaceX Super Rocket Kill NASA’s ‘Rocket to Nowhere’? (Op-Ed)

February 12, 2014

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Why is NASA duplicating private efforts — at greater expense?

Allen Taylor‘s insight:

Elon Musk’s recent revelation of his plans to build a super rocket, larger than the largest proposed version of the Senate’s SLS, at a much lower cost than SLS would seem to remove any remaining justification for that hugely expensive pork barrel jobs program.

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  1. StefanM permalink
    February 14, 2014 3:50 pm

    There is no certainty that Space X will beat Boeing for the commercial crew launch program, for the same reasons SLS and Orion are being developed. And this is all in an environment where much of existing American launch capability depends on Russian engines and even Ukrainian rocket bodies! The cost-plus procurement system has left a heavy political and corporate legacy, exactly the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned about over fifty years ago. Only political interference can prevent the success of Space X and other commercial outfits.

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