Source: The Washington Post
quote: whoever lost would likely have to get out of the rocket business because they would never be able to recoup the development costs with the commerical market alone.
quote: SpaceX has already shown that to be a canard. Naturally, they figured they'd be better able to milk the US gov't if they went in cahoots, rather than fighting each other over contracts.
quote: The vastly inflated dollar sums spent on a not even nearly finished Orion capsule, compared to SpaceX's Dragon - which is flying right now, as we all know - shows this to be absolute truth
quote: While I can't refute what you are saying, I would rather assume that the expense is more from corporate inertia in an area where reliability is more important than cost... LM and Boeing have some amazing engineers all it takes is the higher-ups to finally realize they need to start investing in new designs finally.
quote: Also the cargo dragons that have flown are not the crewed dragon.. they will share many things but Musk has not flown anything "man rated" yet.