posted on Apr, 15 2010 @ 02:54 PM
Nothing really new or even very interesting in this.
We will spend $3 billion
to research a heavy lift rocket over the next five years. Then we will start to actually build it. WTF!?
Somone (Obama) should show some leadership and make a descision now
on what kind of HLV we will build and use that $3 billion to get to work on
building it. Why fiddle around for 5 years just thinking about it. There are plenty of ideas already out there and tons of research already done.
He wants to keep the Orion crew capsule, but reduce it to nothing more than a escape pod for the ISS. WHY!? We don't need that at all. We already
have an escape pod, it's called soyuz. He says we don't want to depend on the Russians for this though. I say why not? It's one thing to have to
depend on them in order to get us into space, but it's another thing entirely to continue using soyuz as a back up escape pod for ISS. Does anyone
really think that if ISS has a catastophic disaster that demands the crew abort the station that the Russians will tell us "NO, you can't use our
escape vehicles. We will let you stupid Americans die in this tin can before we let you bum a ride home from us." Of course not. Simply put the one
thing Obama has decided to keep from the constellation program will be down graded to the point of being the one thing we don't even need. What a
waiste. We should use the money to go ahead and start building that heavy lift vehichle instead.