Elon the Falconer
Elon Musk's Falcon 9 has liftoff, at least in blogspace.
I'm with Clark Lindsey: "OK, until the Falcon I flies successfully, there will be plenty of skepticism about the Falcon 9. However, the fact that it already has a US government contract says that somebody did due diligence on the vehicle and gained confidence in its feasibility. This is going to have a huge impact on the aerospace industry."
And Clark quotes The Wall Street Journal commenting on how "surprising" it is that SpaceX, "a startup company with barely more than 100 employees is now maneuvering to compete against aerospace giants such as Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. by developing a more powerful version of its initial rocket, which can blast payloads of more than 21,000 pounds into low-earth orbit." Indeed.
Jon Goff and Dan Schmelzer and Dan Schrimpsher are impressed, too.