Originally Posted by NYCAP123
Although what you said is absolutely true you may have noticed a bit of a contradiction between your 1st & 3rd paragraphs.
No, not really any contradiction. Technology demonstrators are often scaled versions or built on off-the-shelf platforms that are affordable. There is little if any consideration given to the commericial or economic viablility of the demonstrator. This is quite common in the commercial and military marine industries.