Stom wrote: Digby wrote:
On setting up a colony outside of Earth? Governments won't even fund owning their own space shuttle anymore!
Have you noted the spend on the various space agencies per annum? It's not nothing Musk can come in and add to that, but he is adding to that and working alongside even if we allow not all the spend on space agencies (and now space forces) is dedicated to Mars, or space stations as we see with Bezos.
But there's no way even for all their wealth Musk and Bezos can match spending by nation states over time, it's just an entirely different beast. And that before Bezos and Musk would struggle to put all their wealth into such endeavour
But it's not about money...
As shown by, for instance, the solar roofs, Musk is extremely focused and able to produce results at a fraction of the cost of his competitors. He tends to cause issues with that focus and drive to get it to market quickly, but there's no doubting he's able to produce cost and time efficient results.
The tech behind those solar roofing panels is so stupidly obvious, though, it just takes someone outside of the existing industry to take a chance and try to turn it into something that can seriously work. Those panels are incredible.
We supplied some tech into NASA a few years back, well actually the UK Space Agency but on a combined initiative, it's not my experience these people aren't focused. And none of them came across as being as drugged up as Musk so I'd venture they were actually more focussed. Which isn't to say people looking afresh at a situation can't spot a better way of doing something, but that holds for things Musk is doing as well as Musk looking at others.
And it is somewhat about the money, doing stuff in space is very expensive. Until the pandemic we were doing quite a lot of work with a particular group of mathematicians worked through a combined group out of a well known Uni in the USA and being paid for largely by a well known delivery company and web provider (and others) around quantum computing but a few bits on the side too, and when the topic formally or otherwise went across to some of the work and differences in work for what it was going to take to run ops out of say a space station or even a moon base, well there was something of a gulf between that and Terran operations. At some point I'd like to get back to this as despite it being by far the worst paid work of the week it was if not quite great fun then certainly very interesting, other than having 5-10 mathematicians continually mock my sorry level of mathematics, especially the one who despite thinking he was so good with numbers figured on the back of Brexit that Trump would have the USA additionally invest $250 billion into the UK economy per annum