Musk Fires Back

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DragonLab In Orbit.  Courtesy:  SpaceX

DragonLab In Orbit. Courtesy: SpaceX

Even though the Augustine Commission did not pick a vehicle or a destination  when it issued its report on the future of human Spaceflight to Obama –  it was clear from reading the tea leaves in their report that the Augies liked the idea of entrepreneurs building rockets for trips to low earth orbit.

But another group of gray beards that noses around NASA – the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel – this week lowered the boom on this notion – ASAP said anything other than the plan of record – specifically the the Ares 1 rocket – would be no faster, no cheaper – and less safe than, say the Falcon 9 rocket, being built by SpaceX. I caught up with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk this week via Skype – he was fuming over that report.

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