Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Trump space adviser: Blue Origin and SpaceX rockets aren’t really commercial | Ars Technica

On a related note, Rocket Launch: NET December 2017 | SpaceX Falcon Heavy Inaugural Flight (Kennedy Space Center)

"In response to a question about privately developed, heavy-lift boosters, the executive secretary also reiterated his skepticism that such "commercial" rockets developed by Blue Origin and SpaceX could compete with the government's Space Launch System rocket, which is likely to make its maiden flight in 2020.

"Heavy-lift rockets are strategic national assets, like aircraft carriers," Pace said. "There are some people who have talked about buying heavy-lift as a service as opposed to owning and operating, in which case the government would, of course, have to continue to own the intellectual properties so it wasn't hostage to any one contractor. One could imagine this but, in general, building a heavy-lift rocket is no more 'commercial' than building an aircraft carrier with private contractors would be.""
Trump space adviser: Blue Origin and SpaceX rockets aren’t really commercial | Ars Technica
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