Hey, don't knock it, if it works why not use it? Besides, its not just a "slight" re-design, and to say that it is is misleading and just wrong.fable_x":3eiz19v0 said:Okay, all conspiracy theories aside. Has anyone thought about the fact that "technological advance" has been at a virtual standstill? I mean since the aliens crash-landed in 1947 and gave us all that great technology, we haven't progressed much beyond the Moon. Don't get me wrong the Space Shuttle is an amazing piece of technology, but with the Orion project, aren't we taking a step backwards and just slightly re-designing the Apollo craft?
Rockets & capsules are proven technology, proven technology is A: Cheaper and B: Safer. You can go on all you want that we should have some more advance spacecraft by now, but the fact is there isn't a more practical spacecraft then capsules at the moment, nor a better solution to getting off the planet then rockets. Which is all we should be concerned with, not weather it looks like the future. If it does the job, who the hell cares?fable_x":3eiz19v0 said:I think it's embarrassing that we haven't gotten way past such an archaic spacecraft.
Nuclear spacecraft? Are you insane? There are very good reasons for not having nuclear spacecraft which launch regularly from earth. One is depending on if you mean the direct approach, the result is fallout. >.> Two, yes the resources aren't there and its terribly expensive. Three, anti-matter is expensive. How expensive? This will help "This means to produce 1 gram of antimatter, CERN would need to spend 100 quadrillion dollars and run the antimatter factory for 100 billion years." Anyway, you get the idea. Nuclear spacecraft, anti-mater spacecraft, both totally unpractical ideas (Though, I think anti-mater becomes more practical during long duration space flights but we certainly don't need it now). At least once you get beyond earth nuclear spacecraft are feasible, assuming we really can mine the moon.fable_x":3eiz19v0 said:We should be moving into the realm of at least nuclear powered spacecraft not to mention exotic anti-matter driven spaceships.
Space exploration, especially manned space exploration takes more than a plan and more then a vision. It takes money, something we're quiet frankly willing to commit to at the moment. NASA is the most capable space agency on earth, and yet their budget is constantly under threat. Which means, you certainly aren't going to see any of that stuff from anyone else.fable_x":3eiz19v0 said:I know what everyone is thinking (untold amount of resources needed, blah, blah, blah), but in relative terms, we have gone nowhere since 1969. The whole Moon landing might as well have been a hoax (daddy, if people really landed on the Moon why haven't we been able to go back). Now we're talking about 2020 to send people back? Okay, a lot of people say Obama's Administration is the continuation of the Kennedy Administration, but I see no inspiring speeches about space. No vision, no plan, no John.