lets say they had the same funding as the DOD, where do you think we would be?
>lets say they had the same funding as the DOD
With 600 billion a year you could literally brute force yourself into space.
Who cares about rigorous ground testing when you could launch 10 identical payloads simultaneously and see what happens.
>same funding as the DOD
Wait, are you suggesting the DOD get a super tiny budget, or NASA have a super huge budget? Or they both change so they're both somewhere in the middle. Or both change so they're both canceled? There are so many ways they could both have equal budgets.