[FPSPACE] Elon Musk Wants the Military to Let SpaceX Launch Satellites

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Sun Jun 1 15:38:23 EDT 2014


Of course, being both a showman & an entrepreneur is an even older US
phenomenon than Edison, & Barnum & Bailey. 
And not being US-born, maybe Elon Musk is over-compensating. From
flag-waving to Branson-type self-promotion.  

As long as his rockets don't fail him & the customer, it may work for
him, as it usually works for Branson.

- Keith.

>>> David Portree  06/01/14 9:16 PM >>>
<!--.hmmessage P{margin:0px;padding:0px}body.hmmessage{font-size:
12pt;font-family:Calibri}-->He's bent on making himself appear an
underdog in the belief that fanboy pressure will help his case. He's a
showman, not a space pioneer, no matter what anyone says. The grand
unveiling of Dragon V2 was unbelievable. None of this wouldn't be a
problem if he were playing around on his own dime - more power to him -
but he isn't. As someone explained to me, he has won over political
appointees who know nothing of space and has built up a fan base among
the naive. DOD falls into neither category and doesn't have to cave to
pressure in quite the same way NASA does. So, what transpires next will
be interesting.

David S. F. Portree
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Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 22:02:49 -0400
From: drwoods at stny.rr.com
To: fpspace at friends-partners.org
Subject: [FPSPACE] Elon Musk Wants the Military to Let SpaceX
LaunchSatellites

              There’s a custom in Washington that U.S. defense     
contractors don’t talk trash about their competitors, at least not     
in public. After fiercely competing for multibillion-dollar     
Pentagon contracts, the winner often placates the loser with a     
piece of the action. When Lockheed Martin was      awarded the contract
to build the F-22 fighter jet, it hired Northrop            Grumman to
build the plane’s radar. Boeing      won the contract to build the Air
Force’s KC-46 tanker      plane and asked Northrop and Raytheon to
contribute      key components. Everyone ends up happy. It’s how it’s
always been      done.
    Elon Musk couldn’t care less how it’s always been done. 
    
   
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-29/elon-musks-spacex-fights-for-military-market-access
  
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