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Elon Musk tells Congress: Space would be cheaper if the gov’t supported competition

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Posted in Science on 8th Mar, 2014 01:22 AM by AlexMuller

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk testified before the U.S. Senate with harsh words about the artificially inflated cost of launching spacecraft. At the heart of Musk’s criticisms is the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a private company that provides the U.S. government with launch services.

 

Musk claims that in comparison to the ULA, SpaceX launches cost $280 million less per launch. Musk was blunt in his speech, and stated that the Air Force is “paying too high a price for launch.”

 
“Space launch innovation has stagnated. Competition has been stifled. And prices have risen to levels that General William Shelton has himself called ‘unsustainable.’”
 
Musk laid out his demands quite clearly: He stated that ”robust competition must begin this calendar year,” and named his company as an obvious alternative to the ULA.
 
It was originally reported back in late 2012 that the Air Force’s EELV program planned to end the ULA monopoly in 2015. At the time, Musk called the development “a watershed moment for the U.S. government’s national security missions.” Clearly, Musk wants to speed up this process.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-08
+2
I think that many people would agree with Elon Musk that completion is better than monopoly and that ULA should open the market for launches - sooner the better Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-08
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Elon Musk is very confident about his SpaceX capabilities and he sated: "We are unilaterally restoring America’s competitiveness in the global commercial space launch market as the only US company consistently winning head-to-head competitions for launch opportunities at the world-class level." A big claim!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-08
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Yes, a big claim but also well supported by facts- SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket eight times with 100% mission success, including four launches for NASA and three to the International Space Station Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-08
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I am not sure why such urgency- Musk was very direct and asked "that the Air Force will work expeditiously so that we can compete this calendar year." This needs to be better explained Reply


 

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