Monday, August 10, 2009

Friday the 14th

One day past Broomhilda's favorite kind of Friday, our fate will be more or less sealed.

If you are handicapping the seven or eight remaining options, there's one that sort of fits the budget and one that is sort of close but does not. One lives within our means, is exciting, and leads to the future. The other costs our Dear Leader a few more pennies, "saves" a program adrift, but anchors us to a path of mediocrity and perhaps, ultimately, the end of the program for years to come.

If you are still unable to see behind the green curtain, remember it has always been and always will be...about the jobs.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Real close, but no cigar.

The jobs are the 'effect', not the 'cause'.

It has always been and always will be...about the money flowing to the states where the major NASA centers reside -- and the money then pays for jobs.

Anonymous said...

and it's Shuttle Sidemount ahead by a nose, with Ares 1 stuck in the gate..

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why sidemount is ahead. I've worked on both Shuttle-C and NLS design teams and I can tell you that the inline beats the sidemount in every category. Why so many people are getting fixated on the worse of the two solutions is beyond me. Are we trying to consistently fail? First we chose Ares 1 instead of EELV, now we are choosing sidemount instead of its better sibling? This is a behavior pattern I do not like.

kT said...

Are we trying to consistently fail? First we chose Ares 1 instead of EELV, now we are choosing sidemount instead of its better sibling?

Hey, if Michael Griffin can pull a rocket design out of his ass, so can John Shannon. It's just common sense!