“To the best of my knowledge, Elon is using his own money for the Starship tests. Thus he doesn’t have to answer to NASA, the Congress or anyone but his own shareholders,” said G. Scott Hubbard, who previously worked for NASA and now chairs the SpaceX Commercial Crew Safety Advisory Panel.
Meanwhile NASA depends on Congress for its budget, and ultimately answers to the American taxpayer.
SpaceX is free to take more risks.
“In the development phase of a project it’s much better to try something quickly,” McDowell said.
“Once you put people on the rocket of course you need to change the approach, but at this stage SpaceX is doing exactly the right thing,” he said.
Added Lightsey: “By accepting more risk and potential for failure as a privately held company, SpaceX and other companies like it are disrupting the space industry.”
A new Starship prototype is already in development.
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