Why spend billions trying to reinvent HLV when we have the tried-and-true Saturn V design/build? Why not just expand on that idea? After all we don't have to reinvent the wheel...menellom":2fvwxwuf said:I never said stop ALL LEO trips. Just the NASA ones. How would Russian trips cost us?
Last I heard NASA was going to charge us about $50 mil a seat. Although there were also rumors that they might be willing to just sell us a few Soyuz outright.I believe so. $10 billion a year freed up for development, nothing but a few probes and ISS missions on their plate, using a more shuttle-derived design... I think NASA could get an HLV done by mid-decade if they started this year.It would make it faster but would they be able to make it by 2024?