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Subject: Re: DOE wants better battery: 5X5X5 Date: 1/3/2013 7:09 PM
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Radish says

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.

Maybe. I'm no big fan of the way NASA does things, and I actually think manned space exploration is a waste. But "does space" seems like you meant it to cover, you know, everything. If you want to talk about everything, SpaceX hasn't done as much of it as NASA has, and they do use a lot of technology that came out of NASA, as do we all every day.

But you've got a sample of one private-enterprise space effort vs. one government one. I don't think it proves anything about whether it's a good ideas for government to fund battery R&D.
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