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The Battle Over The AugustineReport Has Begun

27 Oct 2009, 03:21 UTC
The Battle Over The AugustineReport Has Begun
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Below is a video in support option 4B in the Augustine Commission (extending the use of the shuttle and develop a shuttle derived heavy lift) since it is the only way to eliminate the gap in US manned launch capability. But there are problems with continuing to use the Shuttle and Shuttle Derived technology. 1. Maintaining the workforce equals maintaining high launch costs since those workers have to be paid.2. Maintaining the workforce maintains the failed paradigm NASA has had for the last several decades.3. The architecture is unsafe if we continue to fly the shuttle technology we are sentencing 7 more people to die in the next shuttle accident.4. Continuing to use the shuttle architecture guarantee that we will not develop any new launch technology.Keith Cowing did notice an interesting problem with the video - from NASA Watch Inaccuracies at SaveSpacethis video purports to focus on Augustine Option 4b which talks about shuttle derived launch vehicles. Well, it is actually a propoganda piece for the DIRECT concept - one of two shuttle-derived concepts briefed to the Augustine Committee. At one point John Shannon, an advocate for the other shuttle-derived concept that was thoroughly briefed (yet ignore in this video), ...

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