"In November, India took the next step in their space program by launching their Mangalyaan Mars orbiter. The orbiter won't arrive for a while yet, but they've managed to get some public attention for a different reason: the fact that the entire mission costs only 75 million dollars, substantially less than the budget for the hit movie 'Gravity.'
While the question of wages is bound to come up (it was only 15% of the budget of the project), I think we can all agree that bringing down the cost of interplanetary space travel to a level attainable by the ultra-rich is a good step forward."
On one hand you have projects like PhoneSat and some of the astrobiology stuff that are done with consistent use of upcycling, saving tens of thousands of dollars.
On the other they waste millions on buying components and facilities for a project that has already been cancelled, and so on.
It'd be good if there was one person in charge, or if at least the various program chairs sat down to talk to each other once a week.
(I was, or am, involved with the former).