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Re: Another Russian Failure in Space

Posted by WillD on Thu Aug 9 12:51:18 2012, in response to Re: Another Russian Failure in Space, posted by orange blossom special on Thu Aug 9 10:38:09 2012.

What is incorrect about what I said? I'll admit schedules may slip such that manned launches don't commence until early 2016. But NASA is carrying forward three dissimilar concepts and none of them require any additional booster development, so the risk of all three failing to make the schedule is greatly minimized. By contrast 2017 was a fairly optimistic assessment for the first flight of the Ares I. We could well have wound up flying with the Russians through 2020 if NASA hadn't canceled Constellation.

I know you'd rather have the Shuttle back, but that particularly expensive deathtrap has been put out of its misery. It's just unfortunate the prior administration made virtually no plans to maximize existing launch infrastructure to replace the Shuttle's manned spaceflight capability. To ignore the efforts this administration has taken toward freeing NASA from the cost of using Soyuz seats simply identifies you as yet another inconsequential partisan hack.

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