Wednesday, December 22, 2004

 

Boeing Succesfully Tests New Heavy-Lift Rocket

The Air Force and Boeing successfully launched a new heavy-lift rocket, which essentially consists of 3 Delta first stages strapped together. I admire that approach. But this comment caught my eye:

"This launch system is the most complex system to come to the pad since the
space shuttle," said Dan Collins, vice president of Boeing's expendable launch
systems.


That doesn't exactly seem to be something to be proud of, considering the fact that we really need to be moving our space programs in the opposite direction to decrease the cost and risk of bringing cargo into orbit.

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