Private companies are a meme but so is NASA.
Early NASA, now that wasn't a meme.
We can't have space exploration if the number 1 goal is the money pit known as the ISS. Face it, it's juts to send the 'first [x] of [y] into space'. PR bullshit. Man, I wish I could send a satellite up and take that heap of space junk out of orbit myself.
Hundreds of billions of marks we've wasted to date on it. We could have had a moon base. Been to mars. A trip to venus and have had money to spare. Instead, NASA chose to blow it sending some biggers into orbit because le progressive, le we needed to outdo the piece of shit soviet MIR, muh international corporation.
Here's my based plan. We get rid of NASA. Abolish it. Nationalize SpaceX and BO. Combine all this shit and start a new space organization and allow nuclear propulsion experiments while we're at it. I have an IQ of 200. I know what I'm talking about. Put me in charge of the world and I'll straighten it out.