NASA Will Spend $2,941,394,557 On SpaceX's Massive Lunar Starship Lander!!!

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Many people were surprised yesterday when news leaked that NASA was awarding all the funding from the Artemis Human Landing System program to SpaceX with its massive Lunar Starship project. SpaceX's price tag is about $2.9 billion with a commitment to fund half of it themselves. While most space watchers could see why SpaceX had made it to the final round most of us didn't expect it to be the only choice because it was so unlike what NASA was asking for.
However the HLS program only got 1/3 of the money it needed from Congress and with time marching on NASA had to make a decision and the only option with a price tag that fit was SpaceX.
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  • Eagle View HD
    Eagle View HD11 minutter siden

    I saw that NASA suspended this contract because the competitors complained.

  • m_train1
    m_train127 minutter siden

    That's pretty cheap compared to most of the spending going on.

  • Zee
    Zee5 timer siden

    Funding a second competitor as a backup program would be a complete waste of money

  • Atash Gallagher
    Atash Gallagher7 timer siden

    The best way for starship and SLS to interface is for starship to exist, and SLS to go crawl into a museum and die.

  • Just TheFacts
    Just TheFacts8 timer siden

    somebody grab Joe' strings and have him write a 1 trillion dollar check, because money means nothing to this administration

  • Чингиз Сабденов
    Чингиз Сабденов8 timer siden

    The number is big it looks like a stack overflow.

  • Jack Philipsen
    Jack Philipsen9 timer siden

    14:00 is the Monney Shot:)

  • NavySeal 168
    NavySeal 16810 timer siden

    3 billion dollar to get to Mars, thats cheap

  • Sardauker Legion
    Sardauker Legion10 timer siden

    How to spend our taxes

  • Aaron
    Aaron11 timer siden

    11:24 NEW RAPTOR WHO DIS?!

  • Dragon Systems
    Dragon Systems13 timer siden

    Love him or hate him... to his credit, Elon Musk has a dream, and its not just to make money... "you know what my dream is? Dollar signs, money I didnt build this thing to usher in a new era for humanity!!!" - Zephram Cochran

  • Daniel M Connolly
    Daniel M Connolly18 timer siden


  • Dularr
    Dularr23 timer siden

    Now we are back to no lunar lander. The national team is a one off solution that required a crew for testing. The Dyneitics solution simply will not work. SpaceX is now under dispute.

  • Slade Blackstone
    Slade BlackstoneDag siden

    Well there is that one issue. Space X can actually land. I'm not sure but isn't that kind of important.

  • Slade Blackstone

    Slade Blackstone

    8 timer siden

    @aeroripper That's the problem. On their own. They don't want them doing it on their own. They try and launch their own exploration sat. They blow it up. The puppet masters think they own space. I watch a vessel land back on the ground perfectly. Then from behind the fence on the ground. It looked just like something was fired at the vessel and basically came out the other side. Then the vessel explodes. It didn't exactly look like a clean shot but it seemed to be enough. Strikes it at the bottom from the right side then exits through the left side. Then boom. I could be mistaken but I don't think so. We're not going to get anywhere if we don't all come together and find a common goal.

  • aeroripper


    16 timer siden

    They aren't afraid to fail and are iterating/innovating on the fly. They've already delivered astronauts to the IIS twice, demonstrated fully reusable rocket systems that land themselves after delivering orbital payload, and demonstrating their all-in-once space vehicle can take off and land on it's own alongside a rapidly developing ecosystem to transform the logistics of space travel entirely. Even if they didn't have NASAs money, it seems they are not far from sending manned landings to the moon on their own.

  • MrYaxalot
    MrYaxalotDag siden

    I like how are goverment is litterlly printing trillions giving it to every other country in the world then comlain about 3 billion for space travel. F THE GOV.

  • Zardoz4441
    Zardoz4441Dag siden

    Still, it has the advantage being a lander and station in one! Plenty of room to act as a base for bigger crews.

  • bope1469
    bope1469Dag siden

    Nothing beats how insane the Saturn V was

  • aeroripper


    15 timer siden

    For it's day. Starship with its orbital booster rocket included (that also lands itself) will be larger than Saturn V.

  • Arwo
    ArwoDag siden

    I find is funny that the alliance with all the others and Blue Origin put in appeal to get in there anyway after being booted out Like.... Blue Origin technically “reached” space before SpaceX even had their first full sized falcon 9 build And now SpaceX brings Astronauts to the ISS, has landed god knows how many orbital boosters back on earth and is building their second launch vehicle all while BO still has their oversized dildo sitting on a launch pad somewhere achieving nothing but glorified hops to 100km Blue origin isn’t even a competitor anymore It’s a joke

  • cr103
    cr103Dag siden

    Really glad they're not going with amazon prime to deliver the astronauts overnight.

  • Nico
    NicoDag siden

    even if SpaceX somehow loses this i think they would still do it and ask Nasa for astronauts when they prove themselves.

  • William Faix
    William FaixDag siden

    11:25 New Raptor, who dis?

    AZREDFERNDag siden

    It’s funny how all of these old school companies using their boomer methods of reverse bidding finally got bit in the ass. You mean trying to milk the government for every penny you can instead of offering them a great product at a reasonable price list me the contract? I’M OUTRAGED!

  • Spyros Tsatsis
    Spyros TsatsisDag siden

    I really hope those 40+ engines from the booster work. But I don’t think so

  • Brah
    BrahDag siden

    Space X could have developed and built the F35 on time and under cost.

  • not here anymore
    not here anymoreDag siden

    Man, I still get the chills whenever I see that shot of starship swinging around for the landing, it looks so unreal

  • RangerHawk
    RangerHawkDag siden

    I know NASA put a hold on this contract because Bozos/Blue Origin and Dynetics are contesting. Has this changed since SN15 had a successful landing? In my opinion XpaceX's moon lander is the vehicle to use. No other lander will ferry as much cargo/personnel to build a base and conduct research. SLS is obviously too expensive in the long term, nor is it a lander itself, and having three or four main contractors would bankrupt the budget. If the end objective is a permanent base, and possibly mining resources I see no other option that even comes close to Starship. I also see no reason to just land people on the moon. What would be the point, to plant another flag, ride around in a buggy, take pictures, and one up the Chinese? A permanent base should be the objective. To hell with lobbyists, there are actual benefits not only to our nation, but the human race in a permanent habitat on the moon. What do you all think? I hope you read these threads Scott, I'd like to know your opinion.

  • Monstoy Guitar
    Monstoy GuitarDag siden

    With the recent success of starship's landing, definitely a good move by nasa. We'll be colonizing the moon by 2030 and mars by 2050.

  • Hououin Kyouma

    Hououin Kyouma

    7 timer siden

    Actually the program has frozen due to the competitors protesting NASA's decision, since NASA previously claimed that they'd fund 2 winners. Fortunately, this doesn't halter starship's development, since SpaceX is funding it on its own.

  • agoodman002
    agoodman002Dag siden

    I see lunar starship with humans on it soon, but I think starship itself is years away. Seems risky for humans..right now

  • RustyGates
    RustyGatesDag siden

    I loved the design of the Dynetics lander. This was not even a fair competition / tender assessment at all. All these companies spend millions upon millions to design concept solutions and bid something worthy and compliant, and in the end congress muppets don't even fund NASA properly to make a fair assessment. NASA just ends up throwing away two submissions as soon as they come through the door. The technical solution and compliance was probably not even considered, they just look at cost and tried to line up the contractors schedule to how the government has lined up NASA's appropriations, which is all just a false paradigm of how government money is to be spent. Also, how the f*** is Starship meant to integrate with SLS?? What is wrong with all these idiots.

  • LinKongDa
    LinKongDaDag siden

    why bring a small sedan load of material to the moon, when you can bring 5, 20 ft container loads in 1 go? simple math.

  • Louise Smalling
    Louise SmallingDag siden

    Would it be worth presenting a simple size, load, cost comparison of current tech in a longer format?

  • Louise Smalling
    Louise SmallingDag siden

    Wow, so much to learn. Thanks to you and many others, I will be along for the ride.

  • Sean Ivey
    Sean IveyDag siden

    14:37 - Space X IS the competitor. Couldn't be happier with the shakeup. Maybe it'll wake up some of the others to get back to competing instead of milking uncle Sam.

  • Hayden Travis
    Hayden Travis2 dager siden

    The national team are paper tigers before the hurricane that is Starship.

  • Mark O'Connell
    Mark O'Connell2 dager siden

    But now we have a complete landing cycle for SpaceX.

  • Andrew Adams
    Andrew Adams2 dager siden

    And less than a month later, SpaceX has managed to stick the landing on the SN15 prototype! They still have a long way to go, but they do tend to be the company that delivers in the end.

  • david petersen
    david petersen2 dager siden

    Bezos is wasting everyone's time. Neither of the competitors is even remotely down the road in practical terms. It would be foolish to go with anyone but the most experienced.

  • Seth Courtney
    Seth Courtney2 dager siden

    Would hate to be a reliability or safety engineer for Spacex on this project given what we’ve seen

  • Bill Housley
    Bill Housley2 dager siden

    Did you seriously just say "monolith" in reference to what will be a tower-like thing on the moon. Now I'm totally picturing apes dancing around it.

  • NPC Dude
    NPC Dude2 dager siden

    they have now proved a full landing cycle.

  • Robert Frank
    Robert Frank2 dager siden

    2 weeks later: SN15 nails landing without going kaboom. What have you done today?

  • spock


    Dag siden

    Eat a bag of doritos

  • IfYouBuildIt
    IfYouBuildIt3 dager siden

    @Scott Manley: Why is the Dragon re-entry protection ablative, but Starship's is ceramic like the space shuttle? The space shuttle burned up in re-entry because of problems with ceramic tiles- shouldn't we expect this again with Starship?

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    @IfYouBuildIt Oh you're right. Pica-X is for Dragon hahaha. My bad, sorry

  • IfYouBuildIt


    2 dager siden

    @Human My understanding is that Starship will not use Pica-X (ablative heat shield) and will instead use ceramic tiling (reflective/insulative heat shield that does not ablate). My question is why wouldn't Starship use Pica-X since it already works with Dragon? Musk talked a bit about how light they can make the ceramic tiles due to the stainless 301 temp. tolerance, but if that is the case, why not make Dragon out of that and use the ceramic tiles there too?

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    No. Unlike Shuttle's heat shield, Starship will use a material called Pica-X that they developed themselves. The shuttle burned up because it lose some of the heat shields and the exposed aluminum body of the shuttle can't handle the extreme heat and eventually broke up. In fact there's another close call shuttle mission which also lose some of its heat shields. But luckily the exposed part underneath them was made from stainless steel so it survived the reentry. As u know, starship will be made from stainless steel so it can handle heat better than shuttle

  • TheThirdMan
    TheThirdMan3 dager siden

    That was the most enthusiastic "fly safe" I've seen for a while!

  • Janusz Chrystusz
    Janusz Chrystusz3 dager siden

    that's why Taiwan is going back to the motherland this summer

  • TheThirdMan
    TheThirdMan3 dager siden

    Who has a press conference at 4:30 on a Friday? Someone who doesn't want it to make the news (hiding something) normally. This time they just got caught by the 24/7 news cycle.

  • mike mike
    mike mike3 dager siden

    'Spacex have not completed a full landing cycle' That got old fast

  • Max Queue

    Max Queue

    Dag siden

    not on the moon anyway. Nobody has landed people on the moon since 1972.

  • random games
    random games3 dager siden

    Hmm I wonder what happened today? Sn15

  • Wonder
    Wonder4 dager siden

    hmmm... perhaps just using a modified Starship would make a nice little space station and would even have large on board fuel storage for transfers or emergency landing the ENTIRE STATION :D

  • 태선우TaeSunWoo
    태선우TaeSunWoo4 dager siden

    Scott Manley: one of the few youtubers where auto generated subtitles are at least 80% correct

  • CaptainToyota
    CaptainToyota4 dager siden

    Pretty Sad Elon has to lower the bid to meet NASA's funding when we spend almost 1trillion on military a year. Like as a species and a nation wtf are we doing? Its been proven when you give engineers a goal and funding everything advances with it. I mean jesus how pathetic and greedy are humans

  • Johnny Pate
    Johnny Pate4 dager siden

    I'll have some of what NASA's smoking ... it's stronger than the dope Musk smokes for sure!

  • Michael Skelton
    Michael Skelton4 dager siden

    What I don't understand is why are we aiming to colonise mars before we colonise the moon, surely as a first off world colony the moon would be the perfect place to see if we could potentially live cut off from earth's resources and if something goes wrong they could return home in a few days instead of months or years depending on the position of Mars

  • Dave Vann
    Dave Vann5 dager siden

    7:57 The geometry of the SpaceX landing legs do not look evenly spaced at every 90 degrees. They may have put two legs closer together near the elevator to help support heavy off-center loads on the elevator.

  • Dave Vann
    Dave Vann5 dager siden

    Draper is part of both National Team and Dynetics, but I haven't heard or read anybody mentioning this.

  • YourGamerPal
    YourGamerPal5 dager siden

    NASA with the specific amount NASA: not a penny more or less

  • No Left Turns
    No Left Turns5 dager siden

    Hopefully NASA will bow out and the moon will belong US private citizens stake a claim and defend your land NASA will allow anyone to use the moon

  • Ilovegames 64
    Ilovegames 645 dager siden

    when the best option is the cheapest lol

  • Ariel Ramirez
    Ariel Ramirez6 dager siden

    Whats up with the contract, why nasa suspend it?

  • sid sam
    sid sam6 dager siden

    The old boys club and their puppets in Congress will do their best to screw this up.

  • vinkaks
    vinkaks6 dager siden

    If they want the program to be finished before the heat death of the universe the only option is SpaceX

  • NavidIsANoob
    NavidIsANoob6 dager siden

    I can't be the only one who thinks the Lunar Starship is very ugly. I guess it just doesn't have that bulky, functional moon base aesthetic.

  • Anarchy And Empires
    Anarchy And Empires6 dager siden

    Wow .... it's like someone not being able to buy a fishing boat and being forced to buy a some how cheaper Fleetcarrier.

  • Ben Saunders
    Ben Saunders6 dager siden

    What is your opinion on Blue Moon and Dynetics opposing the bid? Do you think they have any cause with the GAO?

  • IRememberJeep
    IRememberJeep6 dager siden

    “Oh negative mass, it floats upward” lmao.

  • Steven Seta
    Steven Seta6 dager siden

    And now the US Government has complaints from Blue Origin and Dynetics, over shifting NASA priorities involving cost, these complaints are entirely the fault of congress for their complete failure to fund the Human Landing Systems program. NASA was forced to choose Spacex because of congress, and now congress is angry over this decision that they forced NASA to make. How dare they make complaints over this decision that they forced NASA to make, congress is more concerned with pleasing their existing contractors than getting humans to the Moon.

  • chengzhi wu
    chengzhi wu6 dager siden

    Update: it got canceled

  • Scott Manley

    Scott Manley

    6 dager siden


  • Daan Vos
    Daan Vos7 dager siden

    Another thing, when biden wants to go to mars, they can just continue with starship, instead of compleatly changing their problem

  • Cheg Cluskic
    Cheg Cluskic7 dager siden

    Blue Origin protested on April 26. As I understand this means an automatic 100 day hold.

  • The Paws
    The Paws7 dager siden

    Jeffry and the dinetics are complaining but they’re ain’t doing shit .. space cowboys are building exploding and rebuilding.

  • SON of a GODess
    SON of a GODess7 dager siden

    🛑🛑❌❌❌ 📵 🙎🏼‍♂️SUSPENSION ON CONTRACT!!?😤 📵 ❌❌❌🛑🛑 Here’s an idea (NASA) why don’t you y’all stick with what you’re good at ( coverups ) & let other people’s social media (personal life) be for the birds.. Your main topic on your agenda should be worrying about yourself. Its simply not your business NASA .. let the richest man in the world ( humanity’s /savior ) let him say wtf he wants just like anybody els could without harassment. The richest man says something to the second richest man, an you think people care about wtf ever agreement it is you and Elon have in the works !? Da fuck outta here with that.. you just look dumb dude and I was a big ass fan of y’all .. that’s just a weak move.. letting social media and words dictate what happens to humanity future , fuck out of here with that.. you’ll have something to say about it when he goes off on his own and make y’all look stupid.. when he denies y’all the opportunity.. smh grow the fuck up

  • Isaac Sim
    Isaac Sim8 dager siden

    Is Congress, Dynetics and NASA going woke before going broke?

  • Joe Mama Gaming
    Joe Mama Gaming9 dager siden

    At what point was that final 7 digit necessary

  • Passion Fruit
    Passion Fruit9 dager siden

    Thanks to SpaceX, NASA spending has gone down by a factor of ten.

  • LagunaMoto
    LagunaMoto9 dager siden

    The fact that blue origin was even included in the consideration blows my mind.

  • nickp1987
    nickp19879 dager siden

    If the first lunar Starship isn't named Moonraker I'm going to be very disappointed.

  • FromNorway


    6 dager siden

    It should be named Armstrong.

  • Pikpik Gamer 101
    Pikpik Gamer 10110 dager siden

    Yes can someone please make a Starship SLS in KSP

  • David Boyle
    David Boyle10 dager siden

    Love your enthusiasm. Would also love your take on the engine complex for Lunar Starship, and whether it will possess any SL Raptors.

  • Tomas
    Tomas10 dager siden

    Just use the Saturn V again problem solved. 🙃

  • Max Queue

    Max Queue

    10 dager siden

    and the LEM is needed as well.

  • arosnett
    arosnett10 dager siden

    11:22 "NEW RAPTOR WHO DI?S" ??? Anyone please explain :)

  • Gavin
    Gavin10 dager siden

    I think it's the right decision because it's a more efficient use of money, once the Starship is completed it'll have a lot more capability then going to the moon.

  • Adam Weiser
    Adam Weiser11 dager siden

    I for one think it's a great idea to give the national team a kick in the butt.

  • ilmarinen79
    ilmarinen7911 dager siden

    Crew seeing that thing coming closer: "We're gonna need a bigger station."

  • Hayden Travis

    Hayden Travis

    2 dager siden

    According to talk, Starship Cargo variant can launch the entire wet mass of the ISS.

  • Jeff Ingram
    Jeff Ingram11 dager siden

    How can you possibly criticize spaceX and their performance. They see how the Falcons are working so great and they have recently put man safely into space.

  • Dave March
    Dave March11 dager siden

    First Blue Origin is a Johnny Come Lately and has no gravitas at all. Yet, anyway. As for USA, didn't they just have a major miscalculation and now have to re-prove themselves? And the only one that features reusability, which is what's needed to manage costs, is SpaceX. The other companies will have to figure out reusability and soon if they want to stay competitive.

  • Kraftrad
    Kraftrad11 dager siden

    What if starship lander falls? It's height-width ratio is very high. Also pressure on ground will be much larger. It simply can fall more likely. How the be sure the floor is not soft at the landing site?

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    Cool. Thanks, mate👍🏻

  • Kraftrad


    2 dager siden

    @Human No they aren't nonsense. I just asked you, keep cool 👍

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    Nah it's just my guesses. No official information anywhere that I can find. But hey, aren't my guesses pretty fair? None of them are complete nonsense right?

  • Kraftrad


    2 dager siden

    @Human I'm also sure they think about this. This comment can be done on every question. Nobbody is talking about wind. You read this somewhere? If yes please post link. Or is it just your personal guess?

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    Pretty sure NASA and SpaceX have addressed that problem. 1)There's no air on the moon so wind is not a problem. 2)Landing legs design can be made larger and longer with wider pads and self-leveling ability. 3)With all of those heavy fuel and engines located underneath the rocket, its center of mass will be relatively low so it'll be easier to stabilize.

  • Sailing Star Catcher
    Sailing Star Catcher12 dager siden

    I think SLS should be canceled in favor of Falcon heavy and this new vehicle.

  • Robert Carter
    Robert Carter12 dager siden

    dissimular redundancy at 6 billion dollars for a suitcase size delivery? that’s just crazy stupid

  • Piyush Daigavhane
    Piyush Daigavhane12 dager siden

    If they were to give this contract to ISRO(India), they would have developed landing system within 1 billion dollars

  • Garland Coulson
    Garland Coulson12 dager siden

    Was very impressed to see that SpaceX was NASA's only choice for Artemis. Great video - thanks.

  • David Scott
    David Scott12 dager siden

    My office is across the street from Pam Melroy's high school in Irondequoit so we're basically best friends, I suppose ;-)

  • Brendan Feay
    Brendan Feay12 dager siden

    I kinda appreciate that when you get past all the words, it ultimately comes down to NASA *going with the lowest bidder*

  • Eric Matthews
    Eric Matthews13 dager siden

    It's doomed... people will die... Starship will be abandoned faster than the Space Shuttle.

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    Do you mean the ISP? Aren't the raptor has pretty good ISP compared to any other engines except the RS-25? As for the deadweight, raptor has high thrust-to-weight ratio so it's not a problem right? As for instability, Falcon Heavy also has 27 engines and so far there's no issue that we know of

  • Eric Matthews

    Eric Matthews

    2 dager siden

    @Human It’s common engineering knowledge. Rocket engines have an operating lifetime expressed in “minutes.” Even the reusable ones cannot be made “stout.“ The extra weight would kill payload performance at best and would make the rocket unstable at worst. A problem Super Heavy will be particularly susceptible to - having 27 Raptor engines at the base.

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    @Eric Matthews What? Any link/citation/explanation for that problem? I haven't heard that problem being mentioned anywhere on the internet

  • Eric Matthews

    Eric Matthews

    12 dager siden

    @Callum - カラム The turbo-pump rocket engines that Starship relies on are not reliable enough to spend months in the cold vacuum of space, incapable of being serviced, then start in the last few seconds to effect the landing.

  • Callum - カラム

    Callum - カラム

    12 dager siden


  • Jacobo Zuluaga
    Jacobo Zuluaga13 dager siden

    Ok is good (UPDATED 7/05/21

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    Well. Hope they can keep up the good work with SN16 launch later

  • Jacobo Zuluaga

    Jacobo Zuluaga

    2 dager siden

    @Human I updated

  • Human


    2 dager siden

    This comment aged like a bad milk

  • Tuuminshz


    2 dager siden

    This aged badly

  • Callum - カラム

    Callum - カラム

    12 dager siden

    Because it's a prototype? You can't just expect it to work on it's first test flight.

  • cujet
    cujet13 dager siden

    I woke up the other day and for the first time, I actually thought this might work! Go SpaceX!

  • bem walker
    bem walker13 dager siden

    banana chips

  • Ian Oliver
    Ian Oliver13 dager siden

    The lack of zeroes in the price makes it look like they already know exactly how they're going to spend every single cent NASA pays them.

  • Haliotro
    Haliotro13 dager siden

    I don't understand... at all... what is the point of NASAs SLS/entire next gen rocket/Artemis program if they are using starship to land on the moon? The SLS will be incapable of launching a starship... they will need to pay for starship to launch... what is the freakin point? Why not stop SLS and just fully fund Artemis via Spacex products?

  • Haliotro


    12 dager siden

    @Arash 2007 true

  • Arash 2007

    Arash 2007

    12 dager siden

    @Haliotro yea true, but they've gotten so far into the SLS program that if they cancel it, congress would not be happy

  • Haliotro


    12 dager siden

    @Arash 2007 lol. Seems nonsensical doesnt it? Prob costs 10x more to launch astronauts on SLS to get to lunar gateway than to just have another starship take astronauts to the gateway

  • Arash 2007

    Arash 2007

    12 dager siden

    SLS launches orion to lunar gateway. Astronauts board starship from gateway, starship lands on the moon

  • TheGamingGuitarist
    TheGamingGuitarist13 dager siden

    I think it would make sense for Space X to win it, they seem to be the furthest ahead of the three competitors, and they've been transporting astronauts to and from the space station, and carting up cargo in the Dragon capsules. Blue origin has yet to reach orbit for the first time.

  • hoiy vinosa
    hoiy vinosa14 dager siden

    14:50 the grin at the end shows how happy Scott is with how this turned out :)

  • Jordon Berkove
    Jordon Berkove14 dager siden

    Hey NASA spent $85 million on a drone........ The oxygen generator was worth it, the drone was already tested in a partial vacuum on earth in a chamber. They knew it would work and hardly worth the money for anything but the wow factor. How about Linux running it.......Yea....