Musk has passengers that want to do a lunar orbit.
He says they know the risk and they do, so rather than cautious baby steps with unmanned capsules... full speed ahead....
Because they had to vacillate and wring their hands while (so far ) getting 2 replacements that can't do 1/2 the same job while costing billions of dollars
From wiki Read and weep for...
Not to mention they need some way to keep the lights on . I don't believe they have ever done it for "fun". If you go back to the 40's and 50's the ads were the front cover
"F-35A Price Should Fall Below $85 Million"
And Donald Trump will immediately take credit for it
Aw heck ...my flying car has to be just around the corner.
I've been waiting since the Jetsons