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  •  When the idea of privately developed.... (3+ / 0-)
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    xaxnar, rduran, FarWestGirl

    spacecraft came up, I was quite skeptical. Among my concerns was the possibility that the profit motive might weaken safety concerns. (Which could still be a problem, one day.)

    Yet the Dragon spacecraft appears to be quite close to equaling the Apollo or Soyuz spacecrafts. It even appears to have an advantage or two. And, if I remember right, at a very good price.

    My ambivalence might have been misplaced.

    Good for Space-X!

    •  Safe compared to what? (0+ / 0-)
      •  Well, safe compared to... (0+ / 0-)

        Relying on old Soviet era space tech and a support infrastructure that's showing its age for manned space flight.

        Or for that matter, a NASA chronically underfunded and subject to political/bureaucratic arteriosclerosis.

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 12:39:01 AM PDT

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    •  Even the Space Shuttle (0+ / 0-)

      ,,,Saturn V, etc. were privately developed by North American, Rockwell, Grumman, Morton Thiokol, etc.

      SpaceX depends on taxpayer dollars like all of them. There is no business case for space exploration without taxpayer dollars, and the "private space flight" gloss of SpaceX is pure marketing hype.

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