Friday, August 28, 2009

Abandoned NASA Projects, What A Shame!

http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/abandoned-nasa-projects/

Look at how many of these programs were axed because of the stupid cost over runs related to the ISS. I support the station now, because it's there and we don't have a choice, but jeeze, what a cash hog! It would have been nice if our international partners would have ponied up a nice chunk of cash instead of just piggy backing on our dollar to get their stuff in orbit. I say, never again.

4 comments:

Marcel F. Williams said...

I loved Skylab but I was totally against the ISS even when Ronald Reagan first proposed it in 1984. I never saw the logic of building a massive microgravity space station. And I felt it was a distraction from getting on with the business of putting a base on the Moon.

Now more than 25 years later, at $2billion a year, the ISS may still kill our hopes of putting a base on the Moon-- one of the few things that I agree with ex NASA administrator, Griffin, on.

Douglas Mallette said...

The logic was all political more than anything else. Give major nations of the world (especially the US and USSR)something to work on to drive peaceful cooperation. Remember, it was Russia that threw up the first parts of the ISS, not us.

A Moon Base would have been drastically more complex and risky at the time, and probably a harder sell.

Norman Copeland said...

Marcel F. Williams...

It's ironic that Ronald Reagan who commissioned the 'star wars' programme during the cold war with the Russians, has seen the development of the International space station merge with russian space auronautic plans.


I guess I wonder if they have moved on with their technologies or stopped and aligned their space developments.


I've seen many 'x' planes that have been designed and built at places like 'skunk works' and lockheed martin's other factories and boeing's 'phantom works'...

So, it's obvious to say that all the things us little boy's dream of, the 'black' and 'white' budget's probably built and are flying about around in space now...

You probably wonder what their doing with the
x-30 national aero space plane {NASP} that was canceled in 1992 thats a people carrier vessel...

Norman Copeland said...

Thought you might consider if America has the products available...


http://www.babelgum.com/16229/aero-space-plane.html