>entire 30 year history of Space Shuttle program is $196 billion
>5 shuttles built
>each shuttle had to practically be rebuilt after every single expensive as fuck mission
>F-35s aren't even operational yet
>already over 7 and a half times the cost
remind my you fags complain about the cost of the space shuttle program.
Well, they're building 2500 f-35s vs 5 space shuttles, so there's a bit of a difference there. It also hasn't "already" cost 7 times as much - that's the projected lifetime (~30 year) cost, including maintenance, upgrades etc.
Comparing apples to oranges, really
So far the entire history of any space program was controlled by government. Which is bad for cost and innovation as it's not their number one priority.
Fortunately these cost are going down as SpaceX, Orbital ATK, etc... focus on exactly that. What with the Falcon 9 reusable booster and the dream chaser and many more to come.
Everything starts out expensive as fuck, but after time it gets cheaper, with the proper innovation. The only difference with the space program is, it started out as the most expensive fucking thing possible and was restricted to government.
Yeah well, it's not like the people who are buying those planes are trying to keep the costs down. The price of military equipment for the US military is just a result of organized theft from the government on the part of the military-industrial complex in collusion with congress. It's not a fair comparison because the people who are buying planes are looking to spend MORE money, not less, whereas the people who are buying NASA are .... failing at their opportunity to collude with the US government, apparently.
If NASA only had an ecosystem of contractors around it, maybe funding for space exploration could be returned. I dunno ... maybe they could even call a company Space Exploration. Actually, that's too long - Space Ex? Something like that.