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"To date, the only proven model for treading new ground in space is large defense contractors spending gobs of State money."

This is exactly the problem Space X is meant to solve.

Costs need to come down radically, and State money is too fickle to be relied on for reaching long term goals.




But is it the problem Space X is solving? It's easy to make costs come down when you're just refining 50+ year old technology that you know will work. That's a whole different ballgame from what it'll take to push new boundaries.


Isn't that the entire point of reusable rockets? Who invented that 50+ years ago?




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