quote: The chief concern is that NASA is being relegated to a custodian, rather than being a first-rate research entity.
quote: Musk is driven, and has a lot of resources. If we tell him "no", he'll just take his project to some other country. Russia, maybe China, whoever.
quote: Oh well I guess we should have thought about that before Obama killed the Space Shuttle before we even had a working alternative. We've ALREADY "relegated" them sadly...
quote: First, he doesn't have to. He has pockets deep enough, and if successful with commercial satellite launches of which he has a significant backlog, there will be that revenue stream, as well. Without NASA, SpceX doing manned flight will simply take longer, but it will happen.