In a post, SpaceX: Glib Salesman Takes NASA For A Ride, that will certainly keep the Lexington Institute off SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Christmas card list, Dr. Loren Thompson, the Institute’s COO, writes a cutting analysis of SpaceX and its trouble past in matching glowing rhetoric with action. The Lexington Institute’s post is all the more eviscerating because the Institute is not a “big-government”, aerospace industry friend, as some might be inclined to guess, but, according to its website, “…believes in limiting the role of the federal government to those functions explicitly stated or implicitly defined by the Constitution. The Institute therefore actively opposes the unnecessary intrusion of the federal government into the commerce and culture of the nation, and strives to find nongovernmental, market-based solutions to public-policy challenges. We believe a dynamic private sector is the greatest engine for social progress and economic prosperity.”
The most telling quote is at the end,
- When even the Chinese say they can’t match a company’s prices, there’s only two likely explanations. Either Elon Musk is an alien visitor from some superior off-world civilization, or his prices are going to rise later. Guess which possibility is already coming true for NASA?