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They almost certainly will be able to mount one of those above lasers on the f35, too. Formidable weaspons platform already - even with all its problems.so ya figure ,scrap the deal that's been in development since 2001, write off the whole works ,and start over ,good idea.
With who? what aircraft,,there's so many to choose from. s
I did a little reading and ,all I can say is wow,if the rest of the f35 is as cool as what they do allow public to view .I feel for anyone that goes in the air to face it.may as well know now ,you will never get a shot at this thing in the air.a 1/2 million dollar helmet with a complete 360 degree view outside the plane. view range is classified .but you will see the enemy long before he knows your in the air.the tech and testing of a weapon system like this ,is not going to be cheap.
you want to be the best ,gonna have to pay for that. well worth the money, Canada will be buying them as well.and if they want my vote they will stick to the plan. I'm thinking some of this craft must be designed modular so it can be upgraded to more modern tech, as it becomes available.any stupid mistakes along the way ,have the U.S. government saying ,"we aren't paying for that."so they have a tight grip on the contractor, and the aircraft is in production. it would be totally retarded to scrap the deal now.
as they say "its too big to fail". if every one thought as you suggest ,no one would ever go anywhere.sometimes you just can't cheap out.
the votes are not all in on spacex ,they have to prove how consistant they are going to be.got the tesla into space but the satellite ,did a big splash...can't be splashing with delicate cargo ,on a regular basis.that will shoot the cost up bigtime.
Well, if Edison had said enough is enough, there might be no electric lights and people might still be getting CO poisoning from gas lights in their homes.And we could create a list - Edison, Tesla and General Lee to name a few. There is a point at which you have to be able to say enough is enough, you have failed, we are starting again. But that rarely happens here, we just keep pouring in money into holes we keep making deeper so we don't have to admit a mistake. And looking at the number of failures or cost overruns from every single NASA or defense R&D project from Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon to name a few, I think Musk is winning at this point. Sure he has some failures but he is also getting things done cheaper, faster than anyone else so far.
If the f35 could not even get off the ground at this point, it would likely be a good idea to scrap it.
However, progress is made by understanding the mistakes and shortcomings of any problem and working to rectify them. That is what they are doing with the f35, and that is what they did with Apollo 1, Challenger, and put your favorite project here that went on to become successful. Suppose NASA had not investigated why one of their probes crashed on Mars (that was a completely dumb mistake substituting lbs for kg in the software) - perhaps Mars would not even be a destination for anyone right now.
As I see it, scraping a mostly working $200bn project would meet the definition of insanity. As recent research indicates, where gratification is delayed, success is almost always present.
I am still waiting for those good reasons other than cost overruns and missed deadlines...