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Originally posted by xpert11
The US government has more money then sense why would you give a contract to a company that blew nearly a billon dollars on a past failed project ?
Why dosnt the US government practice what it preaches and bring in the Freemarket ?
If US government brought in the freemarket Japanese and Europen companies could develop the technology and US firms would be forced to produce better technology with less tax payer dollars wasted.
I understand that some elements of the Aerospace/defence devlopment must remain in the US for security reasons but when is the US tax payer going to stand up and say we wont stand our tax dollars being wasted any longer ?
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
I have also noticed a sudden return to the moon seems to be on the priority lists of many nations lately. Russia, China, India...I wonder if this has something to do with acquiring more resources and not simply prestige.
In anycase, I dont mind "wasted" tax payer dollars if it prevents critical technologies from falling into potential enemy/rivals hands.
Originally posted by Ox
So it's going to take 13 years to reach the moon? And it took Apollo how long?
t surprised me a little when I read that NASA is planning on using Capsule technology, When there is far more advanced technology out there that could be put to good use
Unless the capsule is huge then it will be cramped and space inside will be limited, compare previously used capsules to the size of the space shuttle
It's a big stretch from the originally proposed X-33 project that was more of a space plane.. This capsule design just seems like it's reminiscent of the Apollo missions
Originally posted by thelibra
essentially what he said was that your return vehicle had to be most accomodating to the laws of physics. The original was, very much so, and that the laws of physics hadn't changed much since the 1950's... So there you go... physics...and stuff.
Originally posted by DYepes
Lockheed Martin is a Global leader of technology development and the US government has been its biggest client since who knows when. It is good to see a superior tech company landing this job.