SpaceX snubbed manned-cargo contract

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 7:48pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 12:20pm

Since NASA shut down the space shuttle program in 2011, the agency has been relying on their Russian counterparts and private companies like SpaceX to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

The President wanted to have all missions launch off American soil by 2015, but that has now been kicked down the road by a couple of years.

SpaceX has a contract to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, but not human cargo. NASA has been using the Russian space agency to do that work.

In a Tuesday announcement, NASA snubbed SpaceX and decided to keep using Russian resources even though SpaceX said they could do it almost 50 million dollars cheaper per person.

NASA cited Congress’ lack of funding as the reason for the delay.

SpaceX testing facilities are located in McGregor.
 

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The cargo version of the SpaceX Dragon capsule that is currently being launched can not carry people. It doesn't have a life support system (breathing air, etc), seats, or an escape/abort system. SpaceX is hard at work on these and will do a great job. They just need some time/money. They need more than some bureaucratic, paper "certification" that you're imagining. The Russian vehicle is certified by its launch history. Beat on NASA all you want, but not with this flawed report.

Ameriman, I don't dispute the ugly past failures you point out. However, those things don't make SpaceX, Boeing, or Sierra Nev ready today. Even SpaceX would acknowledge that they need 2 or 3 more years to complete their design and testing. That schedule will depend on how much money they can get. Even though the money will come through NASA, the president and congress, not NASA, will determine how much those companies get. I hope they get enough, but congress seems to like the SLS program.

Due to funding issues beyond NASA's control
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Nasa spent 40 years and $500 billion on US manned spaceflight since Apollo ended... without getting a single American beyond low earth orbit, and leaving itself incompetent/incapable of crewing or even resupplying our own space station...
Nasa's shuttle cost a shameful $1.6 billion/flight.. the ISS went from $8 billion to $200 billion.. Constellation was a $20 billion boondoggle..
Nasa=another bloated, wasteful, pork driven Federal Agency

because the vehicles have not been fully designed, tested, and certified.
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The Russian vehicles are not ''certified'.. they are 40 year old designs built to 3rd world standards... in contrast, the SpaceX vehicles are new, efficient, advanced far beyond anything Nass is capable of.. and the SpaceX vehicles are already capable of flying humans and more safely than Nasa's shuttle..
Yet Nasa cites 'budget' to pay many $mllions MORE to Russians than SpaceX would charge... shameless BS

Just when you thought that Nasa couldn't get any more stupid, short sighted, or wasteful.... Then hand $s to russians when American enterprise SpaceX is ready to take the business.

That "report" was grossly inaccurate, and the use of "snubbed" was inappropriate. NASA is working with SpaceX, Boeing, and Sierra Nevada to develop and certify their vehicles to launch humans (not human "cargo") into space. Due to funding issues beyond NASA's control, the schedule for this is slipping. There is no "snub" and this was not a NASA decision. NASA can not use SpaceX or any other US company at this time because the vehicles have not been fully designed, tested, and certified.

because the vehicles have not been fully designed, tested, and certified.
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Nasa's promised a gullible US people/Congress a $7 million/flight 'cheap, safe, reliable' Space Shuttle.. then delivered a $1.6 trillion/flight boondoggle which killed 2 crew and had chronic and multi-year service outages... Nasa's shuttle was the most bankruptingly expensive, dangerous, unreliable space vehicle in history....
Yet nasa held it's breath,and sent people up in it over and over.

because the vehicles have not been fully designed, tested, and certified.
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Nasa's promised a gullible US people/Congress a $7 million/flight 'cheap, safe, reliable' Space Shuttle.. then delivered a $1.6 trillion/flight boondoggle which killed 2 crew and had chronic and multi-year service outages... Nasa's shuttle was the most bankruptingly expensive, dangerous, unreliable space vehicle in history....
Yet nasa held it's breath,and sent people up in it over and over.

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