Gee, it seems that a Group Other Than Government can successfully do something about getting us into space. What a shocker! Say it ain't so!
NASA has been a failure at manned space flight for years. The space shuttle was invented to keep the Apollo engineers in business, and the ISS to keep the shuttle flying. None of this is getting us closer to a permanent presence off this rock. NASA hasn't made a real leap forward since the original Moon landings.
(Did you know that NASA scours EBay and such for 8086 chips and other historical computer apparatus for the shuttle computers? My Palm Pilot has more smarts!)
God bless and keep Paul Allen, Burt Rutan, Mike Melvill and everyone else all over the country who are trying to bring space flight into private hands. It's too important to leave to the government.