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>>> why NASA can't rely on "commercial space" >>>
the spaceplane mothership WK2 has lost a landing gear on runway… :|
these are only “advanced hobby level” vehicles… they’re not SAFE and RELIABLE like a Boeing or an Airbus… VERY DANGEROUS trips wait the “space tourists”…
a commercial vehicle, that should fly with tourists, needs, at least, the SAME level of engineering, tests, controls, etc. that only a, non-hobbyists, big aerospace company can achieve, after years of study of an army of engineers and billion$ of investments
why spend billion$ to develop a new airplane if it’s all that easy?
just call an airplane building hobbyist to save lots of billion$ and lay off thousands engineers…
of course, skilled hobbyists and single, good, engineers CAN build their own “home built” or “garage built” personal airplane, but they must be used by them and their friends (or test pilots) at their own risks and, surely, not used to carry tourists
after all, these are the risks to rely on “commercial space” that, surely, has a great future, but, now, it’s a too young industry with a big lack of experience to have the same level of reliability of the “old.space”
so, could the “commercial space” REALLY replace the Space Shuttle???
or puts the $200 billion ISS under the serious risk to DIE soon?
some people are pro-Shuttle, others are against it, but ALL know the DETAILED Space Shuttle data
some people are pro-Ares1/5, others are against them, but ALL know the DETAILED Ares1/5 NASA studies
some people are pro-EELVs, others are against them, but ALL know the DETAILED Delta/Atlas/Ariane/etc. data and launches
well, now, some people are pro “commercial space”, others are against it, but HOW they/we can be PRO or AGAINST it, if they/we STILL don’t know the EXACT data and info of the “commercial” vehicles??????????
e.g. SpaceX hasn’t given yet any detailed info and data about the Dragon
the specs available in the .pdf published on the SpaceX site aren’t so clear
so, it’s hard to evaluate this vehicle to know what it really can or can’t do
these are the exact data we need to know from SpaceX about the Dragon:
- payload adapter mass ________
- empty service module mass ________
- service module propellants mass
- empty capsule mass ________
- ejected nose cone mass ________
- max LEO/ISS pressurized cargo mass ________
- max LEO/ISS unpressurized cargo mass ________
- max returned cargo mass ________
- cargo Dragon GLOW ________
- crewed Dragon GLOW ________
- Dragon’s LAS mass ________
- max crew life support mass ________
- max crew+seats+spacesuits mass ________
- max mission autonomy (days) ________
- max Falcon-9 “dumb” payload to ISS orbit ________
all data should be in mT (1000 kg.) or kg.
the data of the crewed Dragon should be for a full, seven astronauts, mission
could the “commercial” SpaceX give CLEAR data and answers to the space community and the (potential) investors?
remember that NASA and USA should RELY (mainly or only) on the Falcon-9 and Dragon for the next TEN+ years!!!
just read this article about the NASA "future":
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