[FPSPACE] Re: BUSH Policy
Wed, 14 Jan 2004 20:33:53 EST
Most interesting comments you have there, one I disagree with, the other I
110% agree with sir. If you will allow me please...
In a message dated 1/14/04 9:21:55 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> Unless Bush commits funding to restoring a modernized Saturn-V to
> production and the rebuilding of its support infrastructure the lunar
> base goal is all a lie.
Although I have yet to make the pilgramage to Tyrutam (JO, N-1 Ed, Ed
O'Grady, Chris Gainor and others), the information gifted to me (along with other raw
footage in my library that arrived my mail slot in a brown paper bag back in
the Soviet old days)
leave me 100% convinced that with some modification (and a thick skin to put
up with a whole lot of procrastination from idiots) the E-Tank, SRB
combination is capable of lofting 125 tons into LEO without any problem as the Bypah
test flights showed us.
So although I do have a Saturn V (the 4 foot model) standing proudly in my
living room trophy rack, I do not feel that retooling the pads and VAB is
necessary if the single use external pod (Shuttle "C"argo) system like that designed
for Bypah is adopted. The S-IVb with CSM and LM was a 95 ton loft, so with
an external pod instead of the winged brick, NASA would have a 120 lifter
(allowing 5 ton's of shroud to be jettisoned at the 3 minute mark that could put
some very large elements into orbit. If we get our North American heads out of
the sand for long enough to buy a license for the Kurs docking system, then we
could be connecting parts and building big in about two years. And it could
also carry a new capsule on top, as the combinations is already man rated.
> Folks I afraid that until we get some real leadership with vision
> the US manned program is in the throws of its own death blow.
On this we are in 110% agreement sir. When the boss can not give orders that
will be obeyed or enforced, all you have is the tail wagging the dog. If the
current administrator has the brass to pick up where Dan Goldin left off in
trying to eliminate the deadwood and petrified branchs of too much admin and
not enough engineers, then their may be hope.
Food for thought, thank you for your time.
Cheers! Hugh S. Gregory
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