I agree 100%!!!!edkyle99":21mjins6 said:By ending Shuttle without a contracted crew-carrying replacement, NASA has taken a step off a cliff while hoping that someone builds and delivers a parachute before it hits the ground. Until that "parachute" opens, years from now, the United States will not have a human space flight program, commercial, government, or otherwise.
- Ed Kyle
Dragon has not even flown, let alone returned to Earth. Pretty iffy for a commitment on this scale. And if you're thinking Orbital Sciences, they are even further behind because of problems with their RUSSIAN engine supplier!
As for the rest, in an interview Bolden said that he did not expect heavy lift until between 2020 and 2030. We went all the way to the moon and back faster than that!
Finally, there is a question of legality, Congress specifically prohibited cancellation of Constellation without Congressional approval, last year! While I am not a big fan of Constellation, it seems as if this Administration has an attitude that it can do whatever it wants, regardless of Congress. And they want the manned spaceflight program dead. If you can't get to orbit, all the stuff they are spinning is nothing more than HOT AIR.