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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: Bloodworth
Suppose it could be done but lifting such a payload to sufficient altitude and then launching may present a few additional problems to contend with.
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
a reply to: dragonridr
From the first paragraph in the OP.
"Musk dropped a few more details about the prototype: "This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section."
originally posted by: roadgravel
I am not sure what to think about this ship.
originally posted by: schuyler
originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: LookingAtMars
Unfortunately, Musk doesn't seem to understand what being a responsible C-level executive for a publicly-traded company means. I know SpaceX is not the same thing as Tesla, but because Elon Musk is being praised for "his" rocket, it is totally fair to call him out here.
Elon Musk seems to be given special treatment by the authorities, seeing as how he skated by with a settlement from the SEC's lawsuit against him for securities fraud. It's funny that someone like Martha Stewart gets prison time for doing less than Elon did. He has a lot of lawsuits headed his way. I'm not sure about SpaceX but Tesla and Elon himself have some difficult times ahead, and rightfully so.
BFD. Really. There's always someone to criticize. "C" level executive? Are YOU one? I thought not. Securities fraud? REALLY? He tweets a single message and suddenly it's "securities fraud." How absolutely asinine. The SEC is full of it. A $20 million fine and getting fired is now "special treatment"? I think so, too, but rather the special treatment was an unreasonable fine by an agency that has run amok with its "authority" completely independent of the courts.
The fact is Elon Musk has already done more for humanity than any of us here have combined. I suppose it is natural to see this unfettered jealousy stirred up by people who feel it is within their remit to judge his every twitch and utterance against what they think he SHOULD say. To hell with these people who have not done squat. It's embarrassing to watch.