good work. i have to thank you for keeping this misguided hope going. if you like your misguided hope, you can keep you misguided hope! it's stuff
like this reasonable people will use to drive a stake thru the heart of NASA. NASA the MOST useless and MOST mismanaged government agency there ever
was or ever will be.
Actually this is false. The General Accounting Office found NASA to be one of the most efficiently run and least wasteful agencies of the federal
government. Probably because its very life depends on it.
Why do we have no manned space flight capability? NASA.
Nope. You can blame that on the Congress, specifically the House of Representatives and the taxpayers who voted them in on a 'cut the budget at all
I studied space policy a little bit. I can refer you to articles going back to 2002 when they began talk of phasing out the Shuttle once the ISS was
why do we have a cool space bomber already on orbit, the air force.
A cool space bomber? WTF are you talking about?
see how that works. give the air force money to build a spacecraft and you get the B-37B.
Are you talking about the X-37B?
Omg you are misinformed.
In the interest of denying ignorance let me inform you that:
#1 The X-37B is -NOT- a "space bomber". It's a
mini, unmanned space shuttle.
#2 The X-37B was NOT developed by the Air Force. It was developed by NASA as the X-37
In 1999, NASA selected Boeing Integrated Defense Systems to design and develop an orbital vehicle, built by the California branch of Boeing's
Phantom Works. Over a four-year period, a total of $192 million was contributed to the project, with NASA contributing $109 million, the U.S. Air
Force $16 million, and Boeing $67 million. In late 2002, a new $301-million contract was awarded to Boeing as part of NASA's Space Launch Initiative
The X-37 was transferred from NASA to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 13 September 2004. Thereafter, the program became a
classified project, although it is not known whether DARPA will maintain this status indefinitely. DARPA promoted the X-37 as part of the independent
space policy that the United States Department of Defense has pursued since the 1986 Challenger disaster.
The X-37 was originally designed to be carried into orbit in the Space Shuttle's cargo bay, but underwent redesign for launch on a Delta IV or
comparable rocket after it was determined that a shuttle flight would be uneconomical. The X-37's aerodynamic design was derived from the Space
Shuttle, hence the X-37 has a similar lift-to-drag ratio, and a lower cross range at higher altitudes and Mach numbers compared to DARPA's Hypersonic
As part of its mission goals, the X-37 was designed to rendezvous with friendly satellites to refuel them, or to replace failed solar arrays using a
robotic arm. Its payload could also support Space Control (Defensive Counter-Space, Offensive Counter-Space), Force Enhancement and Force Application
systems. An early requirement for the spacecraft called for a delta-v of 7,000 mph (3.1 km/s) to change its orbit.
give the money to nasa and what do you get?
An X-37 duh..
The Orion spacecraft
which will have
its first test flight around the moon in September of this year.
an autonomous lawn mower with a digital camera on it!
If that's all you see Curiosity as you truly are misinformed...
Add to all that the missions to Jupiter (Juno), Mercury (Messenger), Pluto and the Kuiper Belt (New Horizons), not to mention Cassini (Still at Saturn
doing its work), several space telescopes including Kepler which has found Earthlike planets and some candidates which are possibly identical to the
Earth in size and temperature not to mention its other astrophysics programs. None of which the Air Force or other military and intelligence agencies
would have ANY interest in.
Then there is that whole tracking near Earth asteroid program and the Commercial Crew program to help companies like Space-X develop transportation
for supplies and soon crews to the ISS.....
All for a TINY fraction of the budget the US Air Force has.
NASA's budget is about 0.5 percent of the federal budget.
The US Air Force's budget is 5.5 percent of the federal budget (not including whatever black budget money they get which is unaccounted for).
So, in terms of "coolness" in terms of things we're doing in space I think NASA wins that in terms of doing more with less.
what gives you the most bang for the buck? B-37B, hands down. nasa - the poster child for failure!
The only failure I see here is your comprehension of reality.
besides, how can we justify spending money on nasa when the privte sector DOES have manned spaceflight capability ?
Because NASA does MORE THAN JUST MANNED SPACEFLIGHT. Its mandate is exploration of the universe.
And those private sector spaceships? Who do you think is helping to fund the ones that will actually you know, go into orbit and take crews to the
Oh look...it's NASA.....And it's called Commercial Crew...
NASA Astronaut-Taxi Program Would Get Boost in 2014 Spending Bill
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Commercial Crew Program would get up to $696 million — its highest annual budget yet — under an omnibus spending bill
drafted by Congress to fund the federal government for the remainder of 2014.
But the allocation is still considerably less than the $821 million sought by U.S. President Barack Obama and also comes with a string attached: $171
million of the funds would be held in reserve until NASA completes an independent cost-benefit analysis of the program. That would temporarily keep
the program funded at about $525 million, the same level it got in 2013.
NASA would receive $17.6 billion in total under the plan, or about $100 million below the White House’s request and roughly $700 million more than
the agency’s sequestered 2013 budget.
- See more at: www.space.com...
Lastly, the transition from the Shuttle to Orion would have been gapless had people actually decided to fund the agency at a decent level. You have
yourself to blame for that by being a misinformed taxpayer who probably voted for people who cut NASA's budget.
NASA has been on a shoestring budget since 1974 compared to where we were during the Apollo days, the people who actually work there should be praised
for doing the amazing things they have with so little compared to the Army, Navy, Air Force, CIA, NSA, BDMO, NRO, NGIA and agencies whose names and
waste YOU'LL NEVER KNOW because they are hidden in the black budget.
Denying ignorance... one person at a time.
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