Guys I need to tell you all something shocking, but true. Only I have the courage to utter these edgy Truth Words.
The Space Shuttle was BAD.
Here's another one! Aircraft carriers... are VULNERABLE AND HARD TO DEFEND!
I know. Shocking.
Hey. Hey. Did you know the US Government basically gave no fucks about developing rockets until the Russians put a little beep beep boi into orbit and only THEN did they really start quizzing that German rocket scientist they'd hoovered up after WWII?
That same dude, right? He wanted to go to Space his whole life. Noble, pure ambitions. But then the Nazis made him develop a weapon. And when the US snagged him, all they wanted him to do was... also make weapons.
Yeah. Governments care about weapons first and foremost. SHOCK!
Did you know that when Project Orion was shown to the government, they looked at a monstrously powerful and practical interplanetary drive system and said "oh neat if we can use that for sub-orbital delivery of troops that's good that's all we care about?"
BUT THERE'S MORE!
THAT'S *STILL* ALL THEY CARE ABOUT! THEY CALL IT PROMPT GLOBAL STRIKE NOW BUT THAT'S STILL WHAT THEY WANT! YOU CAN GOOGLE IT! IT'S JUST OUT THERE! ON THE INTERNET!
THE SHOCK! OH, THE SHOCK!
I know, I know, having this many ground-shattering revelations foisted upon you so fast is disorienting. I'll give you some time to let those paradigm shifts stop shaking your world. It's okay man you'll get through this.