- Oct 17, 2014
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Not for the first trip.
Over the space of 20 years and most of the cost went into developing completely new technologies specifically made for the JWT mission. Going to Mars will not require such. Adaptation to existing technology and science as all that is required at this point. No part of the mission to Mars will require cooling to a few degrees K above absolute zero.
in that case i change my answer to agree with you then, however, seeing as how we spent 1.7 trillion on the failed f-35 jet program (also government helping a private contractor), my confidence in government helping spacex is not... very motivated.