SpaceX Downselect by Senate?

Second string substitute apprentice relief blogger in training john hare

The various antics of our elected officials in Washington tend to bring into question their motives and loyalties. The commercial crew  cuts by the house that were cut even further by the senate seem to be a gambit to downselect to a single provider. Boeing being the likely selectee.

One problem with this is that commercial crew is heavily politicized. A down select to one will cause outcry from the other. So there will likely be some form of compromise unless the full senate increases the item toward the original request. If the commercial crew budget stays low however, and they try to split it up in some seemingly fair manner, Boeing will push the schedule out by years. If pushed out enough years, their participation will become visibly non viable. Somewhere around that point, Boeing could be encouraged to walk away from commercial crew as too much trouble. That would be more or less a voluntary downselect. If there is a  functional downselect to SpaceX this way, seemingly by accident, the senate and house could in good conscious reduce item funding to $600M or so and brag about the savings even if it basically happened by accident and opposite intent.

Could be quite entertaining across the next several years.

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I do construction for a living and aerospace as an occasional hobby. I am an inventor and a bit of an entrepreneur. I've been self employed since the 1980s and working in concrete since the 1970s. When I grow up, I want to work with rockets and spacecraft. I did a stupid rocket trick a few decades back and decided not to try another hot fire without adult supervision. Haven't located much of that as we are all big kids when working with our passions.

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4 Responses to SpaceX Downselect by Senate?

  1. Wayne says:

    Has everyone forgotten that Boeing has NO rocket to launch their CTS 100?

    The Atlas V without the Russian RD 180 Engine is not a Rocket to be!

    Any Senator or Congressman that hangs his or her hat on this one which are apparently many are going to look like what they are! Boughtand Paid for!

  2. johnhare johnhare says:

    True. That’s why I see the weaseling possibly going against their suspected goal.

  3. ken anthony says:

    What’s really sad is Elon may have been stretching things out to collect govt. money when he could have been giving rides to Bigelow.

  4. John says:

    Currently the RD180 is only being banned for NSS mission. Commercial and NASA can still fly AtlasV/RD180 without restrictions. That would be the plan until they transission to Vulcan.

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