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Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration

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Takes too long
naperlou   9/20/2013 9:32:14 AM
Dave, I share your enthusiasm for space.  Unfortunately, in my experience, these projects take too long to engage most people.  I worked on the ISS design in the 1980s.  Some of my co-workers worked on it in the 1970s.  When did it launch?  I guarntee you that there is not much different from those 1980 designs.  The whole race to the moon took less than a decade. 

Much of the cost of a space project is engineering.  We have had a heavy launch vehicle.  It was called the Saturn V.  My understanding is that the tooling and designs were not kept after the use of the system.  So, when the Shuttle had problems, we had no alternative, just the situation we are in now.  This is the big issue with the Space Program.  We always have to be doing something new, rather than supporting a goal in a cost effective manner.  You will have trouble getting people interested in working on it or funding it until there are goals with reasonable timeframes. 

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