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The Cost of Rocket Science

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Posted By: Citoyen, 9/5/2023 11:06:10 AM

I was listening to John Derbyshire's long-running Radio Derb the other day, and was rather touched to find myself with a bit part in the opening segment: I'll come back to the bit Derb referenced later in the week, but first, to return the compliment, I was very struck by an aside he had about halfway through the show re India becoming the fourth nation to make a "soft landing" on the moon (by "soft", they mean the spacecraft doesn't get totaled on impact). The cost of the Chandrayaan-3 mission was about US$75 million, which, as John pointed out, is less than the cost of the Barbie movie.


Steyn's point is that India ran three years of moon shots for less than the cost of the Barbie movie. He also mentions something we all pay for called the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a federal program that costs nearly one half billion per year. Along the way he contrasts the 1,100 years of the Venetian Republic with our republic, already decadent after only 250 years. Some swipes at Haley, Tim Scott and the odious Christie are included.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Quigley 9/5/2023 11:30:43 AM (No. 1549800)
I forget how sharp Steyn is until i read him again. I suppose India has lower dollar denominated wages and cost of living and standard of living. We’re shoveling money out the door and people like Big Bidet get a cut- though he’s probably a piker in that group of grifters.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MarkTwain 9/5/2023 12:08:25 PM (No. 1549840)
And now we see NASA spending billions on the Artemis farce which resurects 1980s space shuttle engines and technology for what amounts to little more than a vanity moon shot project. Meanwhile SpaceX is lapping the entire world when it comes to rocket launches, reusability and economies of scale and production. But that doesn't matter to congress, those grifters need to gift their districts with fat and easy NASA contracts, so, what's a few billions among friends hey? I want a presidential candidate who will get NASA out of the launch business and contract it out!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Timber Queen 9/5/2023 3:57:02 PM (No. 1550016)
I want a country that works for the people again.
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