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NASA's new space capsule
Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:19 AM
SpaceX's Dragon capsule has flown several times including resupply missions (note: plural) to the Space Station. It's currently being outfitted to be human-rated so that we no longer have to depend on the Russians for rides to the ISS.
I'd understand it if NASA's goal was to provide multiple "paths" for space exploration. But in every press release about Orion, it's as though Dragon doesn't exist. I'm not entirely sure WHY NASA is doing this when they have the COTS program going (SpaceX isn't the only one developing man-rated spacecraft). Sometimes I wonder if it's welfare for the existing "legacy" space contractors.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:48 AM
I'm not entirely sure that a commercial mission to Mars is best to be the first ones to go.
Agreed. NASA needs to be the first on another planet not "SpaceX sponsored by Red Bull and Taco Bell".
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:49 AM
If SpaceX is first on Mars it'll be because they won a contract from NASA paying them for their services.