For less than the cost of the Ares I mobile service tower, SpaceX has developed all the flight hardware for the Falcon 9 orbital rocket, Dragon spacecraft, as well as three launch sites. SpaceX has been profitable for three consecutive years (2007 through 2009) and expects to remain modestly profitable for the foreseeable future. The company has over 1000 employees in California, Texas and Florida, and has been approximately doubling in size every two years. A majority of the future growth is expected to occur in Texas and Florida.Let's look at some realities:
- The entire SpaceX program appears to be cheapter than NASA's service tower!
- SpaceX is already profitable and is doubling in growth every year.
Why would I care if human spaceflight and hauling cargo is passed over to SpaceX? It appears to me that the private sector may do some things even better than NASA.
And I've said it before: The reality is the US is sooo advanced technologically that our private sector can do what most countries could only dream of!
So no gripping that cutting some of NASA's programs somehow puts the US behind technologically speaking. It appears this private route will be cheaper and profitable as well. Go SpaceX!