Rufus Honker IV (rufushonkeriv) wrote in spacexploration,
Rufus Honker IV
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A musing on the shuttle delay.

I'm as bummed as anyone about the delay in the launch of the shuttle, but in a way it's verifying exactly why the program needs to be scrapped.  The shuttle is a finicky vehicle, prone to trouble.  I can't find any statistics on it, but how many launches ended up delayed for one reason or another due to mechanical issues? Mark my words - the final shuttle flight will probably be delayed too.

I hate losing the ability for NASA to get astronauts into orbit - but the method we have been using has been spotty and expensive - and we've lost 14 astronauts in the process.  I'm anxious for this whole shuttle program to be over so NASA can finally concentrate all those resources elsewhere.  We are being held back in our exploration of the universe by the first 100 miles.

I'm impressed with Virgin Galactic's system.   Yes, it's only for tourists and only goes up so far - but it's promising. I hope NASA is paying attention.
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