[FPSPACE] Speaking of Atlas V

Michael K. Heney mike at heney.net
Wed Sep 17 13:39:02 EDT 2014


Well, no - you fly the CST-100 on the current Atlas V until the new launcher
is available.  This provides a roadmap for moving away from the RD-180 in the
mid- to long-term, while maintaining current capabilities.


Quoting Christopher Gorski <cpgorski at gmail.com>:

> 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...
>
> Thanks!
>
> --me
>
>
>
> 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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