The State of Space in 2010

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Black Ronin

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Feb 4, 2003, 10:57:06 PM2/4/03
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Kind of curious what people think the US space program will look like at the
end of this decade given the Columbia tragedy.


What types of projects are given priority / what means of manned
transportation are in use / is the space shuttle still in use / what
happened to ISS / US partnerships with Russia, China?


Alan Erskine

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Feb 5, 2003, 6:26:12 AM2/5/03
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About the same as it did on Friday US time, with addition of OSP I hope.

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Paul F. Dietz

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Feb 5, 2003, 8:59:32 AM2/5/03
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"Black Ronin" <black...@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message
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>What types of projects are given priority / what means of manned
>transportation are in use / is the space shuttle still in use / what
>happened to ISS / US partnerships with Russia, China?

I'll paint a dark scenario: In 2010, economic stagnation, increasing
deficits, and an unsustainable trade imbalance have caused the dollar
to collapse against other currencies. Oil hits $100/barrel,
unemployment exceeds 20%, and the space program is a memory.

Paul

cekelly

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Feb 5, 2003, 12:42:40 PM2/5/03
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Paul F. Dietz wrote:

Yuck. Sounds like Russia in the early nineties. Speaking of which,
I expect this will be a real windfall for them. now that there is
such immediate need for their vehicles to support Ronnie's ISS.

More employment there, rather than in The Axis of Evil may be a
good thing.

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Kodos the Executioner

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Feb 5, 2003, 11:14:47 PM2/5/03
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Thus spake cekelly <cek...@dvol.com> in message
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> I expect this will be a real windfall for them. now that there is
> such immediate need for their vehicles to support Ronnie's ISS.

Uh, correction. The space station that old Ron envisioned (Freedom)
was more than just a glorified zero-gee lab. It was going to be a
waystation for HEO/LaGrange/moon-bound OMVs and OTVs, and a
refurbishment 'drydock' for same. *THAT* would be a hell of a lot
better than the setup we have now; ie, locked into LEO.

This orbiting political stepchild called ISS is Billy-boy's idea. Or
Danny-boy's. But wait! Al invented everything, didn't he? Must be his!

Cheers,

Kodos the Executioner
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Greg D. Moore (Strider)

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Feb 6, 2003, 12:51:34 AM2/6/03
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"Kodos the Executioner" <kodosthee...@my-deja.com> wrote in message
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> Thus spake cekelly <cek...@dvol.com> in message
> news:<3e41...@news.starnetinc.com>...
> > I expect this will be a real windfall for them. now that there is
> > such immediate need for their vehicles to support Ronnie's ISS.
>
> Uh, correction. The space station that old Ron envisioned (Freedom)
> was more than just a glorified zero-gee lab. It was going to be a
> waystation for HEO/LaGrange/moon-bound OMVs and OTVs, and a
> refurbishment 'drydock' for same. *THAT* would be a hell of a lot
> better than the setup we have now; ie, locked into LEO.
>

Eh, to be honest I'm not sure Reagan imagined much other than some "glorious
ideal of space flight"

It was the engineers at NASA that imagined all that.

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