If it is so fucking easy then why didn't anyone else successful do it at this scale(NOT talking about the 1995 attempt by nasa) before Musk and why does he have an decade of leadership over the competition?
It is easy to insult people but reality shines through like ten suns.
Maybe because the material conditions and technologies for this sort of thing didn't exist before recently and it was just a matter of someone deciding to assemble the pieces that were already there, when the opportunity presented itself?
Maybe it's because the profit motive disincentivizes space travel (it's expensive, super dangerous and there isn't much of a market demand for it currently) and it took someone who was idealistic and reckless enough that they'd be willing to fill a niche that opened up recently?
The Soviet state was what made the first and biggest strides in space travel. Once they got past dismissing the notion of scientific progress as bourgeois decadence, they INVENTED the space industry. And they did it not because there was profit in it, nor was it of any utility, but because space travel is freaking baller and they wanted to achieve something monumental for the sake of it. Imagine looking at the technology that existed in the 1950's and saying, "yeah, we could go into space with this, sure, and we will because we can."
Then the USA was like "we gotta beat em" because of course they were. Then good ol' democracy saw the American space program curtailed once there was nobody to "beat".
Right now, the first private ventures into space travel as an industry are coming forth because only now are some affluent business folks starting to see some utility in it, that if they can use the technologies that are starting to come together there is some glimmer of a far-off promise of future profit.
I mean there's a lot of other reasons for the big hiatus of space travel other than "Musk's a legend and is deserving of total, uncritical admiration"
I always imagined the future as a time of more reason, empathy, and peace, not less. It's time for a change.
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