There are times when I just have to say, “I warned you!” That especially applies to the zealots of “All Commercial, private spaceflight.”
Many years ago when Elon Musk first implanted the concept that private companies could do spaceflight better, and cheaper than NASA, the social media sites lit up. Between the “Down with NASA” crowd and the “NewSpace” mob there were endless usernames and newborn arm-chair experts who were delighted to take out their surfboards and ride this wave of all-private spaceflight. It’s here, it’s new, it’s really cool! Who needs NASA, Elon can do it all. “When the Falcon 9 Heavy comes out, it’ll replace all of the heavy boosters.” “NASA is finished.” Were some of the common quips.
Early on I stepped into this rapid current of all commercial spaceflight zeal and added a single note of critical thinking.
All-private spaceflight is exactly that… PRIVATE.
Upon reaching orbit, the mission- which had a five hour live TV buildup, was blacked out.
Be careful what you wish for… you just may get it.