I requested a new thread and then decided that it might be best if I just go ahead and start it. Let's begin here:
I for one love free enterprise and find the notion that a private company or citizen can build a space flight company and explore space to be invigorating. I think that competition between firms will result in great gains in this area.Re: Virgin Galactic spaceshiptwo crashes.......Originally Posted by BBerson We are involved as taxpayers. Scaled Composites and Musk's various companies are all tapped into the federal treasury. These are the industry magnates you mentioned. SpaceX is under contract to NASA to deliver cargo to the ISS and to develop a manned capsule to replace the capability lost when the Shuttle was retired, which it will also operate under contract as a private entity. That's called being a vendor. They're not getting some kind of handout.