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Subject: Re: DOE wants better battery: 5X5X5 Date: 1/3/2013 6:36 PM
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They do smaller projects cheaper than NASA. But your original claim was much larger than that.

Constellation/Orion/Ares was small? Compared to what, the one-and-only Moon project? And what was it supposed to do that Falcon1/Falcon9/FalconHeavy/Dragon doesn't?

The space shuttle was a pretty big project, wasn't it? Too bad it never met the goal of being reusable (certainly it failed to realize any economies from reuse). There's not really all that much the shuttle could do that the Falcon/Dragon lineup can't do. And SpaceX almost certainly will actually achieve some economical reuse.

I guess it's fair to say I was wrong if you reword my original claim to say private industry always does space faster, cheaper, and better (which of course isn't what I said). The moon project was pretty fast. Of course, there was no practical reason for it to be done that fast — arguably no practical reason to do it at all — except for US bragging rights. OK, so the government did a useless (or nearly useless) project really fast, at astronomical expense. I'll give them that one. But if you want something practical done on a realist schedule and economically, you're far better off with private sources.

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