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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:23 pm
I think it's fair to say that if RpK would have been able to show something, they would allready have done so. RpK is one of those companies imho who are causing the space industry a bad image with the public.

Anyway, the reason RpK got their funds is more to their relationship with NASA (or certain people at NASA) then what they actually have shown to date. I mean, why on earth would anyone choose a company with such a bad track record in arguable the toughest industry on and off the planet?


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Post    Posted on: Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:37 pm
Interesting input from the article "Kistler President Resigns" ( www.space.com/businesstechnology/071008 ... stler.html ) :
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However, other NASA officials not authorized to speak to reporters about the situation, said termination was imminent. NASA's Sept. 7 letter to RpK started the clock on the minimum 30-day notice the agency is required to give under the COTS agreement before pulling out. These officials said planning for a new competition for the remaining $175 million of RpK's COTS money was underway.


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"The primary reason, highlighted by discussions with potential U.S. investors, was the uncertain revenue stream from ISS servicing," Brinkley wrote. "In their view, the current conditions, particularly the lack of a servicing commitment from NASA, makes any COTS participant not financeable. The lead investor emphasized their strong continuing interest and that they would reconsider their position if NASA could commit to a defined revenue stream post COTS demonstration. In the end, the conclusion of the Canadian investment fund was that, absent an ISS servicing commitment from NASA, they would not finance RpK and not any other potential COTS participant."


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Some of those contenders are unsympathetic to RpK's situation, among them: David Gump, president of Reston, Va.-based Transformational Space Corp. The company's air-launched piloted capsule was a finalist for COTS funding last year and is one of several companies keeping NASA apprised of its progress through unfunded COTS agreements awarded earlier this year.


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"RpK came in with a lot of promises and a half baked business plan and the market place is weeding them out," Gump said. "It's disingenuous to now say they were shocked – shocked – they would have to compete for ISS cargo business. That was plan[ned] in the original ISS cargo announcement. Everybody who bid knew it.




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Post    Posted on: Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:22 pm
So if appears from David Gumps comment that Everyone knew that the cargo flights would be competed so I fail to see what RpK have to complain about, at the very least they would have expected to compete against SpaceX.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:55 am
Now NASA is doing as was doubted earlier they woulkd do - a new competition for the money originally awarded to RpK according to the article "NASA to Open New Competition for Space Transportation Seed Money" ( http://spacefellowship.com/News/?p=3397 ) according to the News Page of this message board.

What about it? What about the potential competitors? What about the chances?



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Post    Posted on: Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:15 am
Some thoughts are already at http://spacefellowship.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?p=26922

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