Tolerance, good temper and sympathy — they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long.
- E. M. Forster
Not only is the U.S. not launching manned rockets, they don't want any private companies to, either.
Ayn Rand would have understood.
It flew on Tuesday. The day before that editorial was printed.Turns out that the FAA canceled the 28th's test flight because of an irregularity with the SN8 test they wanted an answer for.
Either way, Musk will be throttled sooner or later. Or go buy an island and do his launches from there! :-)
As Unknown said, they had the test flight - and belly flopped that one, too. I think if you looked, you’d find that US gov contracts are a small part of their business. They have a small contract to help NASA get back to the moon which is a small part of Starship development. They put Americans on the ISS and send cargo drones up to it. Taking the lead in the launch business with their self-landing boosters is where the money comes from. Biden hasn’t announced they’re killing off the Artemis moon program, but that seems like a > 75% chance. There’s a rumor Biden is killing off Space Force. If they’re doing that, it’s ceding the high ground to the Chicoms - which is pretty damn close to handing the country over to them.
I'm with NFO, but aye.
If Musk would buy and island and turn it into a country, I would think about immigrating. Trouble is I have no engineering skills.
"...it’s ceding the high ground to the Chicoms - which is pretty damn close to handing the country over to them."Did you expect anything else from our Chinese-owned Fake President?
Sticking my long Canadian nose into your American business... your red states really need to secede. Give the blues the punt - and then annex Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba up here.Gawd, I'd make a great president... :)
If I recall Brazil offered Musk use of their launch facilities, as well as production land if he has issues building his rockets in America. That may start looking good soon.
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