Well, it all gets a bit political so best for us not to go there really. As soon as politics, religion, etc get involved then it really helps the ol’ page views but tends to create such deep divides.
Space and politics are really interlinked historically though of course. I think purely for populist / nationalistic reasons the next few years will be ripe for some old fashioned ‘man stood with flag’ stuff from a few of the big players.
For this Space X thing, it sounds great but as long as the Falcon Heavy unmanned launches go perfectly. Three boosters and all that mass is pretty tough to see working without hitches first go around, and delays can last years when things go boom. Maybe the SLS and the Falcon will literally race in 2021 afterall.
It seems a lot of the confidence comes from ‘scaling up’ by using the exact same Merlin motors in the same 9-circle configuration.
Seeing those three guys vertically land is going to be insane, plus getting modern-day HD footage from Lunar orbit (even if just a safe-return trajectory). Also, nicely fitting that they are using Pad 39A again for all this…