posted on May, 24 2014 @ 08:42 PM
I understand not wanting to waste technology and so much money, but leaving them in orbit would be extremely costly, especially over time. They would
have to constantly be maintained, and the truth is that they were not designed to remain in orbit for extremely long periods of time. They would not
get much use up there, and I don't know if the costs would be justified. Supplies would have to be ferried there, which means more launches that need
to be paid for, costing more money. So the usefulness is outweighed by the price in my opinion. And to be honest I never trusted the shuttles. I never
thought they were safe.
There are so many components that it is ridiculous. I wouldn't doubt that it is the most complex thing man has ever created, and a single failure
could potentially be catastrophic. We have lost multiple shuttles with all hands, and considering how recent these were, it just shows that there is
still danger. I believe the new designs, going back to rockets and capsules, is safer. You have far less things to worry about during a capsule
reentry. As long as your guidance has placed you at the correct angle, and your heat shield holds up and your parachutes don't fail, you should make
it back. Reentry is by far one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, phase of flight. But no matter how one looks at it, the astronauts
are still being propelled by tons of combustible materials. So there is always danger, and I just believe the newer designs would be safer if they
were built. They would likely be cheaper as well.
The shuttles were extremely expensive to maintain, because as I said, they had so many components. We have some idea as to what is currently being
developed regarding new classified spacecraft, at least one of which is an unmanned vehicle capable of entering space. I will say that it would not
surprise me one bit to learn that there was another space program, a military space program, that surpassed NASA's technologies. They could have a
shuttle-like craft that can fly within earth's atmosphere and outside of it. It also would not surprise me if such military crafts are responsible
for some UFO sightings. There are some pictures of such craft, if they are authentic. They show aircraft that are not currently known to the public,
so I assume they're classified if they're real, high up in the sky.