NASA was forced to take the private contractor, SpaceX after some budget cuts. You could argue that NASA has had launch accidents, but this wasn't a shuttle mission. It was a cargo launch to the ISS that would be routine for NASA. Now NASA lost a package. This is cheaper? If not, what was supposed to be the advantage of privatizing space missions?
SpaceX rocket carrying NASA load blows up after takeoff. Was privatization worth it?
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It's not worth it.1
What Guys Said 4
Yes, it is still cheaper. Privatizing space is meant to reduce the overall costs. The government doing things themselves is very expensive. However, the problem with being a private company where your only customer is the government, you run the risk that your client may leave. As long as the budget doesn't cut anymore or the company can find other clients (very difficult to find other government clients), it should continue as business as usual.0
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An ISIS bomb?0
It will now be dearer in the long run for them0
I'll bet NASA has better toys than what the SpaceX staff had to play with. It ain't worth hiring an electrician to replace your power grid when you're the best one in the world.1
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