[FPSPACE] Speaking of Atlas V

Christopher Gorski cpgorski at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 13:29:11 EDT 2014

Just saw that go out via social media.  Though the word is, BE-4 can be
integrated "about 4 years from now" [Bruno], so that would still be a
schedule slip...

still: better than nothing...  I wonder if that was what Boeing had in
mind, though, and if this more or less means CST-100 won't be the one to
pick up the flag...



On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM, Michael K. Heney <mike at heney.net> wrote:

> 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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