[FPSPACE] NASA's Trek through the Wilderness....
robert_law at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 15 19:34:51 EDT 2010
Thanks ! this was a fascinating read, the comments towards the end about the cheaper cost of robotic space craft and the Hubble space telescope compared with the cost the shuttle has burned over the last 30 years .
If it was not for the space shuttle there would be no Hubble as we approach the end of the shuttle program it's biggest achievement was the Hubble space telescope which pushed astronomy forwards by 100s of years but with out the space shuttle to do the service missions to fix the early optical problems it would not have been possible after the recent servicing mission we could get another 10 year's but as soon as one small problem crops up that's it a decision not to put a de orbit motor on Hubble but a docking ring developed for the constellation program would enable Orion to dock with Hubble
now this is lost eventually Hubble will de orbit and pose a threat due to the large mirror and components as there is now know capability.
the other very interesting point in the article is the actual cost that the commercial company's will charge and since they have no experience whatsoever how long it will take
most new space vehicles take the best part of a decade to develop I just cant see them have anything as early as 2016 they could have had Orion by 2013 but now this is being thrown away , the decision to keep Orion as a life boat dus not make any sense what so ever as there will be tow Soyuz space craft docked to the station and American astronauts will be reduced to passengers on Russian rockets
Its almost certain that the next American president will have to sort out this mess regardless of party of power , by next year China will have a manned space station in orbit and the American public will wake up to the fact that there space program is grounded.
--- On Tue, 6/15/10, Peter Pesavento <pjp961 at svol.net> wrote:
From: Peter Pesavento <pjp961 at svol.net>
Subject: [FPSPACE] NASA's Trek through the Wilderness....
To: fpspace at friends-partners.org
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:31 PM
Here is a very insightful article just published in
Washington Monthly. I suggest all read the article.
“The Wealth of Constellations” by Charles
Bush, Bolden, Griffin ,
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