[FPSPACE] Speaking of Atlas V

Michael K. Heney mike at heney.net
Wed Sep 17 13:22:41 EDT 2014

Watch today's presser with Blue Origin (3pm EDT, I believe) - should be
info on new engine options ...

Quoting Christopher Gorski <cpgorski at gmail.com>:

> Speaking of the Atlas V and the commercial crew project:
> Has anybody heard anything about mitigation strategies for parts for the
> Atlas V?   My understanding is that Boeing's CST-100 was supposed to use a
> human-rated Atlas V as a launcher, but I think a lot of the reason this
> week's announcement got press is ongoing political tension with Russia
> right now, and that brings us back to the RD-180 problem.  Winning the US
> commercial crew launch contract and requiring Russian parts to do the job
> seems a little problematic!
> I caught most of yesterday's announcement press conference on video stream,
> and a good bit (though not all) of the Q&A that followed, but all I really
> heard them say was "the proposal included a mitigation strategy".
> Anybody have any idea what that might look like?  For the total contract
> value of around $4 Bn, I'm guessing it doesn't involve tooling up for
> domestic manufacture (or at least, I heard that this would be exorbitantly
> expensive).  I suppose it's possible to depend on a different human-rated
> rocket (Delta IV?), but if any significant amount of work was done on that
> process for Atlas, I'd think throwing that away and starting over would be
> a huge budget line item as well.
> Anyone have more insight into this than I do?
> Just curious,
> --Christopher Gorski

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