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What Does Elon Think of ULA'S Delta IV Heavy?

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by mdevp, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. mdevp

    mdevp Member

    Sep 30, 2014
    When I watched Elon testify with ULA x-Ceo Michael Gass, he of course panned the Atlas rocket b/c of expense and Russian made engine, but I thought he didn't criticize the Delta family of rockets. He also suggested that the govt use a two rocket system using ULA's Delta and SpaceX's Falcon for a long term solution. Why did he give kudos to ULA's Delta class by suggesting this, isn't Spacex one day going to make a Falcon Heavy or other rockets that will go up against the Delta rockets?
  2. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

    Jan 31, 2012
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    I would guess that Elon thinks they are fine rockets with a good record that are outrageously expensive. He didn't pan them at the meeting you cited because he wasn't trying at that moment to take any business away from the Delta class. Once SpaceX has their foot in the door with the Air Force then business will come their way more naturally. The Atlas V with its RD-180 Russian engine shutting out SpaceX due to politics and BS backroom dealing deserved to have it pointed out and shamed. For taxpayer money to be blatantly thrown away like that was too obvious.

    Once Falcon Heavy is out there and tested thoroughly then we'll see it going up against the Delta family of rockets.
  3. Cosmacelf

    Cosmacelf Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    San Diego
    Falcon Heavy still hasn't launched yet, so he really can't trash the competition since the come back would be too easy - working now (delta) versus might never get off the ground...

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