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Re: This is why you can't have nice things
« Reply #75 on: October 09, 2018, 02:07:14 PM »
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NASA exist to funnel money to Air Force black budget space program and to trick normies into thinking space is super expensive and complex.

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Re: This is why you can't have nice things
« Reply #76 on: October 09, 2018, 02:44:34 PM »
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NASA exist to funnel money to Air Force black budget space program and to trick normies into thinking space is super expensive and complex.

Why it gotta be called a BLACK budget? shit's rayciss, yo

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Re: This is why you can't have nice things
« Reply #77 on: October 11, 2018, 01:31:21 PM »
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We discussed NASA and government waste a bit in the corporate virtue signalling thread but I think this might be a little bit more appropriate thread for questionable government spending.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/air-force-makes-consequential-awards-to-rocket-developers/

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On Wednesday, the US Air Force awarded its much-anticipated new round of "Launch Service Agreements," which provide funds to rocket companies to complete development of their boosters. There were three winners:

    United Launch Alliance: $967,000,000 for the development of the Vulcan Centaur launch system.
    Northrop Grumman: $791,601,015 for development of the Omega launch system
    Blue Origin: $500,000,000 for the development of the New Glenn launch system

So SpaceX isn't on the list, which might be because they didn't make a bid, because the two rockets they sell to the Air Force are already operational and certified (Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy); and Air Force might not have seen any reason for anything as brutal as BFR. However, there is a few curious details there. For example, the ULA's Vulcan rocket is going to use New Glenn's BE-4 engine which is being developed by Blue Origin. The engine is the most complicated and expensive bit of kit on the rocket so a lot of people raised their eyebrows a little when they found out that ULA (Boeing & Lockheed Martin) are going to receive close to one billion and Blue Origin - who are actually developing the engine - are getting only half of that. On top of that the Vulcan rocket will only have half of the payload capacity of New Glenn... So the big question is why did Boeing and Lockheed Martin get twice the funding for doing half of the work.

No one understands why Omega got any funding at all. The only possible explanation is that it's undercover funding for new ICMB tech.
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