Space: The Private Frontier

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  2. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't hurt to have private companies getting involved in space exploration. It keeps things moving forward.
    They can do things that NASA cannot simply because of how funding is obtained.
    NASA is it the mercy of Congress. Private companies are at the mercy of shareholders.
     
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    It was quite spectacular..... I watched many Space Shuttle launches live at the Cape but this is turning it up a notch. Hats off to Musk and his crew.
     
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    The US Government will never lead the way in LEO missions again, and at best a minor player in long duration missions.
    There is neither the political will, a rallying goal, a set of plans, and especially a budget, to do anything.

    If Trump truly wants to MAGA, instead of giving the DOD $200 BILLION (or so), put it into space efforts (NASA and lots of private contracts).
    I will not even mind if Trump builds a Space Hotel with his name in gold, I really completely change my attitude to Trump!
    Alas, his brain is far too gone.

    Space exportation is one of the lowest hanging fruits to popularity.

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    They’re doing some pretty amazing stuff right now. I’m just a simple guy, but watching those rockets land upright back on Earth absolutely fascinates me.
     
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    The problem might be the mountain of debt this country is accruing. It will eventually take down all of our grand schemes. :(
     
  8. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    I think it already is.
     
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    Or Government shut-downs... :eek:

    The Private company may be set up separate from the main company and have shareholders friendly towards the company goals (like Space Exploration).

    That said, I love these rich guys spending their money on the advancement of humanity of things like Space, Education, the Arts, etc...

    It's better than rich folk just spending the money on themselves...
     
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    Now mankind is shooting stupid smart cars into orbit..
    when you think you've seen it all.
     
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    That rocket was going up anyway, why not put something fun in it instead of a big piece of concrete?
     
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    Didn't know that they put concrete in there. Interesting.

    But that a car salesman puts in one of his cars doesn't strike me as funny. The 'don't panic' part was ok though because it reminded me on the dearly missed @Don't panic :)

    Whatever.
     
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    It's a test, so they have to simulate a payload, but as the risk of a malfunction is so high, no-one in their sane mind would put an expensive real satellite.

    Some time ago, Musk asked on Twitter what's the silliest thing people could come up with that he should put in there, and most people said a -then unreleased- Model 3. He decided to put his own old car instead.
     
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    Yep, they need weight to simulate a payload, but since it is the first launch they don’t want to risk blowing up an expensive satellite so normally they use concrete. This was just more fun.
     
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    What's inside the Starman suit?

    And on an unrelated note, does Musk have any enemies that have gone missing?
     
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    Ikea desks, Dell monitors and HP keyboards. Interesting mix.
     
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    May I ask where's the sun?
     
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    Obama tried to get things back on track at NASA, and I think succeeded to a degree.
    Here is an interesting article.
     
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    Difficult to fund NASA given the times, but even then NASA is rife with inefficiency, good old boy, and declining budget. And working hard for a national goal instead of personal gain.
     
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    Yes. Absolutely. Always. :rolleyes:

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    You can’t possibly be dissing a Mac product on a Mac forum! How dare you!
     

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