[FPSPACE] Elon Musk Wants the Military to Let SpaceX Launch Satellites
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.
>>> David Portree 06/01/14 9:16 PM >>>
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
David S. F. Portree
author and stuff
dsfportree at hotmail.com
dportree at usgs.gov
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
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.
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