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Will Elon Musk of Space X leave the rocket science to NASA if his rockets success-to-fail ratio never gets to NASA standards?

For example: NASA has had very few rocket launch failures compared to many successful, safe rocket launches. If Elon Musk of Space X rockets cannot make their launch failures as rare as NASA, will he retire

7 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Have you ever seen the videos about the failure (boom) of some of NASA's early rockets? Go watch them before you criticize. At least Musk knows what he's doing when he tests something to destruction. He does it on purpose. There was a time when he crashed Falcon 9 booster stages, too, but now he lands them successfully almost every time.

  • 1 month ago

    Elon will keep trying until he gets it right. 

  • 1 month ago

    When he finds a more effective way to advertise, promote and agrandize his Earthly business ventures he will leave rocket science to people who know what they are doing. Unfortunately he will first float his spacely assets on the stockmarket so a lot of shareholders will tumble along with the shareprice, while meanwhile he makes off with the proceeds of the float. Canny guy.

  • 1 month ago

    You may want to review NASA's history of rocket launches - particularly the early attempts... they had lotsa 'splosions....  And, NASA itself doesn't actually build the rockets they use - that comes from major subcontractors - like SpaceX. 

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    NASA's death toll both before and after the Apollo missions is actually not very good. Also, you need to understand the difference between research and development prototyping versus mission failures.

  • 1 month ago

    When the USA first started experimenting with rockets, they had plenty of failures.

    e.g The PGM-17 Thor:

    First launch: Failed a few seconds after liftoff, crashed and exploded.

    Second: Aborted in flight due to a wiring error.

    Third: Exploded just before launch...

    Fourth: Broke up after 92 seconds.

    Fifth - Success.

    Sixth: Exploded

    Seventh: Exploded.

    And onwards, still regular failures through the first hundred launches and occasional ones for years afterwards.

  • 1 month ago

    NASA has legal CONTRACTS with SpaceX and Elon Musk. NASA is NOT competing with SpaceX. NASA. NASA is fully committed to working with commercial space businesses whether privately. or publicly owned. SpaceX is now publicly owned. 

    WHY would Musk retire? He's making money AND A PROFIT from those NASA contracts that offset his losses. 

    I was either about to turn 5 years old or was 5byears old when Marshfield a federal agency. Sputnik 1 was launched when I was 4 years and i7 months old. The USA had lots of rockets blowing up either on the launch pad or room after takeoff. That includes the first attempt of the USA to launch an artificial satellite Explorer 1. I almost expected a Redstone rocket to blow up. I suspect that was true for many people in my 2 nd grade class in 1959-1960. My primary fear has always been a fear of fire. A lot of television back then was live television in black and white. 

    Let's get down to the real reasons you hate and fear Elon Musk and SpaceX. He is an immigrant from South Africa, right? I pity you. 

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