Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Space Access Society is not thrilled

Space Access Society is not thrilled with NASA's new Exploration Systems Architecture.
To be blunt, we have big problems with this plan. It's the same basic
approach as Apollo, disposable (mostly) spacecraft, on big NASA-proprietary boosters, flown a few times a year, by a standing army of NASA and contractor employees. This is Apollo 2.0, with somewhat more delivered exploration, at moderately higher cost, on a significantly slower schedule.
There is more. It's all fair criticism. I'm for the idea in principle. We can afford it, and there is no reason not to spend 1% of the national budget on exploration and the far frontier - that is what the State is for.
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