Monday, June 2, 2008

Echo Echo Echo

Orlando Sentinel, May 31, 2008 - “In the whole discussion of the new civil space policy of the United States people forget, I think, a basic point,” The Emperor said. “The issue was not, and never was, about getting more money for human space flight to do more things. The issue was about spending the existing amount of our human space flight in new directions.”


RocketsandSuch, March 7, 2008 - "...the wrong questions continue to be asked by Congress as well. Sen. Nelson is one of the big offenders. For instance, "How much more budget do you need?" No wonder Florida's delegates aren't being counted!

In reality, we should be asking, "What can you do for what you have?" Asking that one simple question would force the Emperor and his minions to re-visit the ill-conceived Constellation architecture and extract the cost effective and timely solution that was identified long ago."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"extract the cost effective and timely solution that was identified long ago."

I'm not sure what exactly you refer to here. But I've been impressed by http://www.directlauncher.com

What is the insider buzz on this proposal? Is it too late?

Given that even after all these rounds of mass hunts, the CEV is still over 1,000 lbs overweight - a better launch vehicle seems like the better way to go.

kT said...

I'm pretty sure he's referring to the EELVs, we have two of them ready to go if you haven't noticed. The problem with Direct is that it's just a smaller version of Ares. It doesn't exist, will take tens of billions of dollars to develop, and will have operational costs roughly comparable to Ares, aka - astronomical costs.

It's a non-starter. The problem with VSE, ESAS, Constellation, Orion and Ares I and V, is that they were non-starters as well, but that didn't stop Gomer and Goober from starting them, as we know.

Starting it was the greatest technological debacle that ever happened to the United States of America, as far as I know, finishing them would only be worse.