X42 says: May 3, 2013 at 7:37pm
Ameriman, I don't dispute the ugly past failures you point out. However, those things don't make SpaceX, Boeing, or Sierra Nev ready today. Even SpaceX would acknowledge that they need 2 or 3 more years to complete their design and testing. That schedule will depend on how much money they can get. Even though the money will come through NASA, the president and congress, not NASA, will determine how much those companies get. I hope they get enough, but congress seems to like the SLS program.