Why stuck in LEO with no heavy lift ? And where exactly does it start, being a heavy lift ? at 20t ? 50 ? 100 ?edkyle99":3pr0c4ib said:If stuck in LEO is good enough for you, that's O.K.. Reasonable people differ. It isn't good enough for me.
- Ed kyle
Reason for a heavy lift in USA, as i see it, is preserving the knowledge and experience of people who worked on the program, some of them into second, perhaps third generation, facilities and equipment that might be used and remaining inventory, if it is usable.
If heavy lift comes out as evolutionary result of the Shuttle program, while cleaning the inventory of stuff that would end i don't know where, great. If it is something completely new, and i'm not talking RS-68B, than much less so.
Anything above SDLV is dreaming in colours, making noise. I prefer watching Colbert report, he's at least funny.
Russians have different problems with Angara, but i think it will walk, as engines are already successfully flight tested, and i think they will sell and test more.