We have a pretty good debate going on Frank's In Orbit column from last week's Aviation Week & Space Technology.
SpaceX Success Gives Commercial Spaceflight A Boost
But now that SpaceX has demonstrated it can fly to the space station with pressurized and unpressurized cargo, and bring pressurized cargo back to Earth, there is plenty of credit to go around. Even Michael Griffin, who headed NASA during the Bush administration and conceived and funded the COTS federal seed money program that got Dragon off the ground, acknowledges that President Barack Obama upped the ante to $500 million a year from $500 million total funding.
In the comments, readers try to affix blame for what many of them believe is the sad state of the government-directed space program. One persistent user argues that commercial space is not the cure-all for America's goals.
What do you think?