SLS and Orion are just corporate welfare
Don’t shoot! Just an opinion I heard being thrown around. Though the underlying idea of supporting a cause for the good of the many comes into play, some would say this is as bad as corporate protectionism – and therefore anti-capitalist corruption. Couldn’t Bezos and Musk pay for space exploration with the money we already gave them?
Sure is cool though
Even if they drop people back down a gravity well to the moon – after getting them up out into space, it has got to be said that even if it works, many people are against this show of power. ISS was a great model, commercial will solve it all by killing bad businesses rather than proping them up.
not so sure we should have either…
How else could you spend that much (170b without the “space waste” fund.
“In 1990 the federal government spent 4.7 billion dollars on all forms of international aid.
Pollution control programs received 4.8 billion dollars of federal assistance while both secondary and elementary education were allotted only 8.4 billion dollars.
More to the point, while more than 170 billion dollars is expended on assorted varieties of corporate welfare…
the federal government spends 11 billion dollars on Aid for Dependent Children”
…so 10 for aid, 5 for kids, 5 for other people and yep 170 for business. That’s why the world hates them as much as they love them.
Maybe a valid idea but how else would you get us beyond our home planet – somehow I don’t think a charity would do the trick. SLS is amazing, Artemis is the way forward, however we pay for it imo.