July 16, 2008
Posted by scott at July 16, 2008 01:41 PM
It would seem not everyone is enamored with NASA's Ares I/Ares V concept. Big surprise, eh? According to Aviation Week, the latest iteration of the V is significantly larger than the original, enough so that they're starting to be constrained by the height of the VAB main doors. This "Jupiter" concept seems much taller than the original Ares V concept, so I gotta wonder if it'd even fit.
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Well, I guess a little in-house competition can't hurt any...as long as it doesn't bog down the overall project in needless delays...NASA being a bureaucracy like all the others.
And of course therein lies the rub... :-/
The problem is that these Direct guys are going to half-ass everything, and then go around all "well OUR version was CHEAPER and BETTER", ignoring the fact that--like all government programs--the expense of Ares was in compliance and oversight, rather than in the actual technical content.