However, the attacks on SpaceX in the article are unwarranted. SpaceX has completed two successful cargo runs to the International Space Station.
They are doing it right. In their last run, the primary mission was completed DESPITE one of the nine engines "exploding" (really, losing pressure and breaking an engine shroud). This caused the Dragon9 spacecraft to burn longer (use more fuel) than it would have with 9 engines.
The Orbcomm satellite that was the secondary mission was lost because NASA wanted to save the remaining fuel to reach the Space Station, and not boost the satellite into its proper orbit. Even Orbcomm acknowledges that their satellite would have made it to orbit if it had been the primary mission.
The government, not even NASA, should be doing cargo runs to the space station. That duty is tailor-made for a commercial space company, and SpaceX is proving their worth.
Obama is destroying our national space program.
Elon Musk is a tool.
We’re going to be high and dry w/o national space access.
Elon Musk has delivered ONE payload to Station - ONE. In the process he lost a commercial satellite when an engine on his rocket had an “oops” moment.
We had access to station (could even haul people), now we are told to cheer because a “green” crony-capitalist has been handed the wheel?
Just like his other 2 subsidized government businesses, he plans to take SpaceX private — Musk and his extended family know how to thrive in the Obama government directed economy:
September 17, 2012 (Breitbart) Report: Top Obama Bundlers Bag Millions in Taxpayer Money “An investigation by the Government Accountability Institute found that more than half of the most politically active 50 campaign bundlers for President Obama were either appointed to a presidential council, committee, board, or other White House post. Many bundlers businesses or relatives’ businesses also received millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal contracts, grants, loans, or other crony perks.”
May 29, 2012 (Ricochet) Elon Musk Shows Us How to Thrive in the Government-Directed Economy ....”Those who know how to navigate an economy driven by the state will succeed. They do so regardless whether the market has determined their product as the best or notsometimes it has, sometimes it hasnt. Sometimes the consumer has no real ability, thanks to the aforementioned mix of laws and regulations, to go in another direction. Sometimes the only consumer is the government, meaning the appropriators, bureaucrats, and administrators who dream fondly of working some day for the contractor titans they fuel with other peoples money.”.....
April 15, 2012 (National Legal and Policy Center) Taxpayers Subsidize Forbes ‘Green’ Billionaires’ Schemes........Musk, best known as co-founder of the company that became PayPal, is Chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, SolarCity spent $535,000 in 2009 and 2010 to lobby Congress and the Department of Energy on climate legislation, the Recovery Act, green workforce training and development, and provisions in various legislation relevant to solar development. SolarCity has sought to extend a program, due to expire at the end of 2012, that delivers to manufacturers an upfront cash grant in lieu of a 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (called the Section 1603 grant program). So far, according to DOE reports, SolarCity has received more than $66 million from that program.