posted on Feb, 8 2018 @ 02:24 PM
a reply to: Christosterone
Both Boeing and SpaceX are flying their crew capable capsules this year. SpaceX planned to fly the Dragon last year, but concerns over fueling the
Flacon 9 with crew on board delayed that. Boeing is scheduled for June, and SpaceX later this year.
As for the shuttle, it didn't even come close to this. The shuttle could carry 60,600 pounds to LEO, and less to other orbits. The Heavy will be able
to carry over 140,000 pounds to LEO. The lowest payload it can carry is 7700 pounds, on a Pluto trajectory. The shuttle was great for what it did, but
this enables up to go to the moon again.
Constellation was a disaster. They were millions over budget, and years behind schedule, and finding more problems they were going to have to solve.
There was no way it was making the moon by 2020. They went from "we will need $230B through 2025" to "we have no idea what the final cost will be" in
edit on 2/8/2018 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)