Edward Ellegood wrote a very good post on The Space Review yesterday about why SpaceX is moving launch operations to Texas. Back in August, I also posted some conjecture about SpaceX’s reasons for moving launch operations to Texas. But Ellegood goes into a bit more detail than I did, so it might be a worthwhile […]Read More Five Reasons SpaceX Wants to Launch from Texas
What you’re about to read are my opinions, based on experiences with government, both as the government military and as a contractor. I am also taking the history of DoD space acquisitions, including relevant Government Accountability Office reports, into account to inform my opinion. My contention is: whatever the Department of Defense is saying they’re planning with […]Read More Other People’s Money–How the DoD Spends Yours On Space
Here are two little “love letters” from Senator McCain. One is to the Secretary of the Air Force, the other to the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG). The gist of both is that he takes issue with the United States Air Force’s arguments for cutting down the number of available launches in the EELV contract […]Read More SpaceX News: An F9R video and Letters from Senator McCain
Maybe it’s more David and Goliath, but I prefer the imagery of two rocket manufacturers duking it out as Japanese Kaijin, “Pacific Rim”-style. But who is who? This latest Spacenews.com post hosts the written exchanges between SpaceX’s Elon Musk, and United Launch Alliance’s Michael Gass. These questions and answers were requested by the Senate Committee on Approprations’ […]Read More SpaceX and the ULA: Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla?
On March 5, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee held a hearing about National Security Space Launch Programs. The hearing was a session with SpaceX’s Elon Musk, and the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Michael Gass concerning the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program and contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the program’s rising […]Read More Why Do DoD National Security Space Launch Programs Costs Keep Rising?