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Launching a New Era: SpaceX vs. ULA

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Old October 14th 11, 10:52 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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"The U.S. Air Force, NASA and the National Reconnaissance
Office have finally issued a first-of-a-kind strategy for certifying
new entrants seeking to compete for national security space

This is not a change for NASA, which already works with
commercial launch companies, but the strategy lays out new
criteria for companies seeking to break into the market for
national security launches. Though not solely intended to
address companies seeking to loft larger satellites, this new
criteria will set the stage for a likely duel between Space
Exploration Technologies and its young Falcon 9 and the
United Launch Alliance's Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles,
which boast a record of 43 successes."


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Old October 15th 11, 08:02 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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Alan Erskine wrote:

If they can offer lower-cost alternatives, one must wonder why it has
taken 50 years to do so.

Because no-one forced them to.

I blame the space-race mentality (which was actually an arms-race mentality)
that created the expensive "business-as-usual" practices of the defense

Until COTS came along. There will be ramifications in DoD contracts as a
side-effect to NASA's COTS that are only now becoming clear I think. This is
like one of those James Burke 'Connections' episodes only playing out in
slower real-time.


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