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How Quickly We Forget Who Pays For The Rockets

By Keith Cowing
June 13, 2019
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How Quickly We Forget Who Pays For The Rockets

HASC Chairman Smith Earmarks $500M Giveaway For SpaceX, Potentially Aborting Air Force Space Plans, Loren Thompson, Forbes
Keith’s note: First Thompson goes on a rant against SpaceX:
“Smith’s proposed language is Washington politics at its worst. According to the Air Force, if it becomes law U.S. access to critical national security orbits will be endangered, the military will need to rely longer on Russian rocket engines, and the cost of all national-security space missions will increase. As if that were not enough, the Air Force says Smith’s proposal would reward an uncompetitive offeror while punishing successful competitors who have been sharing the cost of developing launch vehicles with the government.”
Then after he’s unloaded on SpaceX, Thompson tosses this little caveat out:
“I should note that the one “traditional” supplier that won an agreement is co-owned by two companies that contribute to my think tank, but that is really beside the point here”.
Oh – so his salary at Lexington Institute is paid in part by companies that compete with SpaceX – but he’s not biased since this is all “really beside the point”. Got it. Funny how Thompson neglects to mention the de facto duopoly between Lockheed Martin and Boeing for EELVs that persisted for a very long time wherein the companies were paid to develop and then maintain their rockets so as to be ready to fly them for DoD. But, again, that is “really beside the point”. Just sayin’

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