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Long Overdue: Aerospace Bids Get Competitive

By NoCoupForYou follow NoCoupForYou   2019 May 8, 3:39pm 403 views   4 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

Time to compete with price and service, not just lobby politicians, Lockheed and Boeing.

SpaceX’s success forced its primary competitors—longtime military contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman—to compete on price and innovation for the first time in years. Add in Bezos’s company Blue Origin, with its own Silicon Valley-inflected approach to space, and the US boasts perhaps the deepest industrial base for space-launch in world history.

The Air Force will only choose two companies to fly five years’ worth of national-security missions, a prize of more than a billion dollars in annual revenue split 60-40 between the winning companies. The losing firms will be left to compete for civil or commercial launches without the support of the traditional third leg of the rocket-business stool.
1   Shaman   ignore (2)   2019 May 8, 3:44pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I have a buddy who works as a contractor for SpaceX. I’m a big fan of the company.
2   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (2)   2019 May 8, 3:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

It's a good thing. But MIC is a huge old buddy system. Foot in the door is likely based on who you know, not your ability. That's just how i see it, a bit cynical.
3   NoCoupForYou   ignore (4)   2019 May 8, 9:52pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Watch SLS get magically finished. 1970's technology, taking 15 years to update to launch a payload on a fairing, instead of strapped to the back.
4   OccasionalCortex   ignore (5)   2019 May 9, 1:01pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

HonkpilledMaster says
Time to compete with price and service, not just lobby politicians, Lockheed and Boeing.


What on Earth makes you think that this will be the case now? Oh yes, they make all this hoopla to IMPLY that is what is happening. But when it is all done and finished, guess who things will truly be? The same.

Senator Shelby...Chair of the All Powerful Senate Appropriations totally in the tank with the Crony Companies. That is why SLS still survives. It is pretty much the only reason why it survives, in my view.

So my prediction: SpaceX will be left with the commercial crumbs (80% likely) or, by some miracle of back-room maneuvering that somehow neuters and/or get's Shelby on board, I give a 20% chance that SpaceX will be awarded the 40% contract.

The politicians do not give a rat's ass about Space, kiddies. Not unless they get whores and campaign contributions and work in their districts...things that the Crony Guys have been doing for almost 100 years and SpaceX does not. This is why NASA is first and for most a Pork Barrel Project. That IS the reality. So do the conceptual equivalent of bending over and taking that or continue to remain in denial.

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