Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Elon Works the Hill

Click the arrow to watch the video. You may be subjected to an ad first. Video source: CNN Money.

Elon Musk has wisened to the ways of the Hill.

SpaceX sent an early version of the Dragon V2 to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. this week where it was available to members of the public.

The true audience, of course, were members of Congress, and they lined up for photo ops inside the spacecraft.

CNN Money reports that, “More than a dozen lawmakers checked out the capsule including Senators Bill Nelson of Florida and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Reps. Rohrabacher, Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger of Maryland, Mike Honda and Antonio “Tony” Cárdenas both of California.”

In the CNN Money clip, Musk states the Dragon was brought to D.C. because it was difficult to get members of Congress to SpaceX headquarters in California. He wanted them to see what they might be paying for, if SpaceX wins a NASA commercial crew contract later this summer.

Musk minced no words for his competition.

Lockheed and Boeing are used to stomping on new companies, and they certainly try to stomp on us.

Regarding the U.S. Air Force funding United Launch Alliance using Russian RD-180 engines, Musk commented, “It's super messed up ... I mean, what the f--- ... you know.” He caught himself before completing the f-word.

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