ZiraldoAerospace":2267jnns said:What pisses me off is that NASA has just been sitting around wasting money while they were flying the shuttle yet they had no backup plan! As mentioned, they built the X-33, X-34, X-37, HL-20 and a couple of other viable alternatives only to cancel each one a couple years into development! If they had just gone through with one of those we wouldn't be in this situation, but they spent billions half producing several easily possible designs. Also, NASA seems to over complicate everything when it comes to manned flight. Why will it take them 4-5 years to man rate and build a capsule for a Delta IV or Atlas V? I don't understand, why the wait?
Remember that, despite all its good works and good intentions, NASA is still a huge Federal agency. It suffers from the same "program driven" short-comings that all government agencies have. This is the main reason so many of us believe that private industry will be the primary driver for the utilization of space.