Saturday, April 03, 2010
Once again, SpaceX's launch schedule has slipped, this time to no earlier than May 8, 2010. The previous date was April 12, but it seems they were never going to hit that date. Of course, this doesn't mean the date hasn't been widely circulated. The upcoming "space summit", at which President Obama is reportedly going to rally the troops to get behind commercial crew, was planned for 3 days after the launch. For those out there who would assign some intricate public relations oriented reasoning to SpaceX's latest schedule slip, I'd like to remind them that slippages are nothing new for SpaceX. The simple fact is, SpaceX has no idea what they're doing when it comes to PR. If they did, they would have *made it clear* that they were not going to take advantage of the April 12 launch date long before now. They would issue press releases about what the public is interested in, not about contracts they've signed for missions that are contingent on the success of their current activities. Mr Musk, you're spending millions to get the hardware right, you're lining the pockets of lobbyists, for god's sake, high a professional ad agency to take care of PR, before its too late.