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NASA says its pockets not deep enough for new rocket
CNN ^ | 2/8/11 | John Zarrella

Posted on 02/08/2011 4:50:10 PM PST by Nachum

The marching orders from Congress and the White House to NASA were pretty straightforward. Go out and build a new big rocket to replace the retiring space shuttle fleet. Unlike the shuttle, the new rocket has to be powerful enough to get out of low Earth orbit and carry humans to an asteroid and eventually Mars, perhaps even the moon. There must also be a test flight by 2016. But at this point, NASA officials are warning of a potentially devastating setback to future space exploration. Its first new rocket in 40 years may not happen because the agency doesn't

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To: NonZeroSum

I mean, the design is already completed. The development cost has already been paid. It is cheaper than creating an entirely new system.

Even a review and partial redesign with new materials and methods would be less costly to do than an entirely new design.


51 posted on 02/09/2011 4:38:44 PM PST by SteamShovel ("Does the noise in my head bother you?")
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To: Nachum


NASA says its pockets not deep enough for new rocket

Maybe a decade ago I ranted to my brother that I thought a lot of NASA
work was just a waste of $$$.
Especially because the apparent lack of benefits/innovations from
the on-winded Space Shuttle project.

My brother shut me up by saying:
“Better to spend the dollars on NASA than social engineering crap”.

And having a social engineer in The Oval Office, he was dead on correct.


52 posted on 02/09/2011 5:13:03 PM PST by VOA
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To: SteamShovel
I mean, the design is already completed. The development cost has already been paid. It is cheaper than creating an entirely new system.

Even a review and partial redesign with new materials and methods would be less costly to do than an entirely new design.

Even if that were true (it's not), as I said, there was nothing inexpensive about Saturn. You could hand it to NASA for Christmas, with all the facilities, and they still couldn't afford to operate it, any more than they could then. Its cost was why we quit going to the moon. And Constellation would have been worse.

We have to get NASA out of the launch business completely, and not just for planetary probes, so it can focus on actual exploration.

53 posted on 02/09/2011 8:16:50 PM PST by NonZeroSum
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