(With apologies to R.H.) It will happen, maybe not as fast as we would like, but eventually the government run monopoly on space travel/exploration is doomed. And that is a good thing.
Elon could probably get by without the space station delivery contracts, but they would certainly help. The problem for the American Rocket Design Bureau’s is that if he succeeds, he will change the game to one which is open ended and done with a wider commercial model in mind.
With this flawless launch under their belt, the case for commercial cargo delivery to orbit followed by commercial delivery of people becomes very hard to ignore.
(Via Libertarian Samizdata)