January 15, 2009
But Are They an Alliance?
Posted by scott at January 15, 2009 11:41 AM
Popular Mechanics is running this relatively even-handed article about the ongoing controversy over the boosters scheduled to replace the Space Shuttle. As I suspected, many of the problems seem to stem from decisions made by NASA leadership to use new and untested technologies. They just can't help themselves, it seems.
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Well, if they leverage existing technology and can do so cheaper, and operate with less overhead, it seems they might have a viable business concept.
Of course, it's probably too big to get critical mass from investors, though.
The new administration will be hard-pressed to keep from "meddling" in the overall Plan as it now stands...at the very least they will want to make some sort of change--any change--to make the projects "theirs."
On the other hand they may decide that with all the multi-billion dollar bailouts and all that we can "ill afford" to fund projects this ambitious.
My dream of seeing Man walk on Mars during my lifetime is getting more remote all the time.
But the drugs, equipment, and procedures to keep you alive for longer and longer are improving. Hopefully it'll still work out. You may end up being just a Futurama head, but you may still live to see it.