White House Panel Considers New Paths To Space

Neil H. writes “The White House’s Human Space Flight Plans blue-ribbon panel (the ‘Augustine panel’) has posted the material from their first public meeting on the future of NASA’s spaceflight program, which was held on Wednesday. NASA officials presented their Ares I rocket plans and their belief that they can work around its design flaws, with projected development costs ballooning to billion. The panel also heard several alternative proposals, such as adapting already-existing EELV and SpaceX rockets to carry crew to orbit; these proposals would have better safety margins than the Ares I, be ready sooner, and cost NASA less than billion to complete, but are politically unattractive.”

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009 Uncategorized