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Can private space survive two explosions in four days? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2014-11-2 11:30:53 |Display all floors
A piece of debris is seen near the crash site of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said on Saturday he was working with US authorities to determine what caused a passenger spaceship being developed by his space tourism company to crash in California, killing one pilot and injuring the other. [Photo/Agencies]

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Post time 2014-11-2 15:48:20 |Display all floors
Yes, pimpernel@, it was and is that bad. The article tries to cover up the fallacy that privatization is good or better than public ownership, but facts prove otherwise. Space is different only in that its deadly consequences is instantly seen and exposed to the world. Other privatization failures could be, over time, glossed over and not talked about that much, such as the Chisso company's 1956 Minamata disease that caused the insanity, paralyses and deaths of thousands of Japanese, the scores of deformed babies involved in the deadly drug Thalidomide during the fifties, or Union Carbide's massive chemical poisoning at Bhopal in 1984, or the manufacture of dangerous GM cars that caused gas tank explosions but not corrected for a long time because of the drive for profits, profits, and profits.  In almost each and every case, proper safety measures were not followed because they might cut into profits. The two rocket explosions might've been avoided if, for example, the companies had used more reliable rockets such as the Russian Energomash RD-180 engines instead of 40-year old AJ-26 engines (also from Russia or the old Soviet Union). However, the RD-180 engine had been contracted to Lockheed Martin, and that company refused to allow the two companies access to the engine. Naturally, it's quite obvious that if the companies were willing to pay the price, they might've had the engines. Again, cost, and therefore profit, is what made companies risk lives.

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