Total Members Voted: 109
Voting closed: 06/18/2021 01:16 pm
There are three different dates to input:1. The hardware to land an astronaut on the Moon becomes flight-worthy.
2. SpaceX is prepared to use it.3. The willfully slow, inefficient, and corrupt hodgepodge of pork contractors forced on NASA in order to secure political support finally oozes its way into position to let SpaceX drag them to the Moon kicking and screaming.<snip>
SpaceX doesn't and will not go out of its way to humiliate its largest and most important client.
Quote from: Paul451 on 05/26/2021 12:33 pmSpaceX doesn't and will not go out of its way to humiliate its largest and most important client.AIUI, if the Congress hesitates. That means no or very little funding for the HLS program. So what is SpaceX going to do with a pair of assets that will not advanced the SpaceX goal of going to Mars? If someone is willing to use those stranded assets, let them landed on the Moon. Otherwise those assets will be recycled.
So what is SpaceX going to do with a pair of assets that will not advanced the SpaceX goal of going to Mars?
Quote from: Zed_Noir on 05/30/2021 12:14 amSo what is SpaceX going to do with a pair of assets that will not advanced the SpaceX goal of going to Mars?Whatever the client who paid to develop those assets wants done with them. SpaceX isn't going to scrap (nor privately use) assets that belong to NASA. Probably legally can't.Meanwhile, the vanilla Starship will continue to be developed: launch, recovery, cargo, tankers, getting rated for national-security launches, getting rated for crew, and possibly with an unmanned test flight or three to Mars. Beyond that, it depends how interested or hostile Congress gets over SpaceX's Mars plans. (NASA will want to be involved, ideally supplying the first astronauts to Mars, and it's clear that SpaceX would welcome them. But while SpaceX's likely development timetable is not "long term" by the standards of typical space programs, it's clear that most politicians haven't grokked the scale of what has changed, so too early to tell how they will react en-mass.)