Re: Space X, Hubble, Coffee: The Cost Of Doing Business In Space
It's said that the Space Shuttle was the classic "bridge too far", designed in the early 70's with 60's components, it was just too far ahead of its time. And, when that goal of $1,000 dollar a pound was set, it might very well have been met by some other system by now, but for one unforeseen event – the end of the cold war and the resulting de-emphasis of all things military and space.
All of us here are techies of one stripe or another, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that I really don't care what it costs – I want us to devote money and effort in space. Sure, I wish it would come faster and cheaper, but I'm willing to wait a bit longer if I have to for Mr. Musk to succeed in his amazing effort to perfect a reusable first stage. Maybe, just maybe, close can also count in rocketry, too.