Flightglobal:Doubling the size of the crew aboard the International Space Station presents a number of logistical challenges....Author: Rob CoppingerDate: 03 June 2009Read the full article
Author: Rob Coppinger
Date: 03 June 2009
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This is really kind of sad. If they're not doing Science and not launching craft to the moon and planets, what is the point of having it at all? $100,000,000,000 just to keep a few men in space?! To think we thought the $1,000,000,000 per Shuttle launch was expensive...
I'm surprised that after 40+ years, the Proton launcher - with a similar payload capacity to the current emasculated Shuttle - hasn't been man rated, and a super-Progress spacecraft put into service supplying the ISS. Someone ought to talk to the Russians...
I totally agree with kris! I wonder why what's happening with that....
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I suspect it has a lot to do with nationalism on the part of the U.S. While they were happy to plunder Soviet technology left-overs, there is a psychological need to do things with indeginious hardware. Victims of this attitude being Kistler Aerospace and Lockmart/P&WR. The former, had they been given proper financial support, would have had a fully re-useable operational launcher already capable of ISS cargo missions and with a spot of upgrading, possibly manned as well. As for Lockmart/P&WR, they lost out on lofting Orion for a similar reason. 'Course if they weren't so busy cancelling projects - as we used to do (remember) things would be a lot more promising IMHO!
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