There is a long tradition of agencies like NASA spinning technology off to private industry. That's part of why they are there. NASA is public property. The politicians that fool us are the one's that try to keep NASA doing tasks that are better suited to private industry so that they (the politicians) can send inflated contracts to companies that don't deserve them.
Orbital transport isn't exactly low-tech, but it's probably gone about as far as it can as a publicly funded activity. I'm with Frank. NASA should be exploring the solar system and performing research.
In a perfect world, a world without historic deficit spending, NASA would have the budget to do everything.
In the real world, I prefer to see NASA focus its limited resources on exploration -- and leave the trucking business to private enterprise.
I for one am not happy about the shift away from NASA's mission. I would welcome private space efforts but did not want to see the NASA programs gutted. The advances of technology and opportunity that space provides the nation will now be lost to private entities, possibly unfriendly ones.
Today (July 22), NASA is expected to begin issuing layoff notices to about 3,200 contractors, agency officials have said.
If NASA is a private corp, they will hold all IP and sell their own rockets and keep their employee. but now they give out IP and layoff their employee, isn't these ugly?
you all are just being fooled by your politicians, again.
it always cost more to r&d the 1st new product, you know why indian generic drug are so much cheaper than US? r&d cost !!!
what obama did is steal the IP from hard working NASA folks and hand over it free to Musk. Now guess what will happen next... layoff .. thousands of NASA employee who has labored their life for this.
It's just like someone steal the IP from Pfizer and give it to someone else to offer you cheap viagra.
Is this what you all excited about?
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