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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

  Shuttle launches, goals confused

From the CAIB:
    "We have programs now that we own that are extraordinarily expensive and that never, ever have achieved either the goals or the cost goals that they set for themselves," said chairman Harold Gehman when he delivered the report in 2003. "We shouldn't start off by trying to design the next vehicle.... We should decide what it is we want to do, and ... what it is we want to do is to get humans in and out of low-Earth orbit routinely and safely, ... not add a whole lot of bells and whistles."
No, we don't want to get humans in and out of low earth orbit... that's just an artificial goal because that's the only place the shuttle can go.

We want to get humans to GTO, or HEEO - or mars, or the asteriods - getting humans to LEO is pointless, and always has been.

Why is the ISS in LEO? Because the shuttle could get there. Why do we have a shuttle? So we can get to the ISS. And round it goes...

Btw, seen any good science done on the ISS lately? No? Why? - because the people on board are too busy running around keeping it running to do anything... even with an optimistic 10-12 shuttle launches most of what we will be doing is hauling janitors in and out of LEO.
 
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