Originally Posted by gammite
this whole project is a fail. reusable space vechicles are the future. not rocket propelled capsules. (where used rocket debris will litter earth orbit)
i am super disappointed.
Chances are a reusable space vehicle will be the future. Just not in the way Nasa used the space shuttle.
More space vehicles with specific roles is the future. Rather than just one type of vehicle that does everything.
The idea behind the shuttle is it would be cheaper to have a reusable spacecraft, more environmentally friendly, and be faster getting it back up in space again for another mission.
The shuttle program only proved to be faster (and not by a whole lot) at getting back up into space again after a previous mission.
The biggest expenses in the shuttle program were the reusable part of it.
It cost a lot testing, maintaining, repairing, housing, prepping and upgrading the shuttle. The same with the fuel tanks and solid rocket boosters.
It even cost more money landing the shuttle sometimes than recovering a capsule from the ocean or dry land.
Russia's Buran shuttle was technically superior to Nasa's shuttle and yet Russia cancelled it's shuttle project because it was too expensive.
Russia probably would not be able to afford to even have any space program today if they didn't go back to rockets.
A lot of money can be saved in the long run by going back to rockets and capsules.
Cheaper space flight is the future.