Need Moon Ride, Will Pay 5 Billion USD, Only Need Rocket and Tin Can
��Via <a href="http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/007354.html">Transterrestrial</a>, <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/7/11/94827.shtml?s=al">Rumours of pending increases</a> in CEV and VSE costs: <blockquote>"Word has it that internal studies done by/for Scott Pace's PA&E office show a growth in projected costs to complete the CEV program - <strong>by as much as $10-15 billion.</strong> In addition, individual lunar missions using one CEV, CLV, CaLV, LSAM, LSAS, etc. are now estimated to cost <em>$5 Billion each</em>. By comparison, Space Shuttle missions cost $0.5 billion each.</blockquote> That launched this response from Transterrestrial: <blockquote>"..if this is true, it's hard to imagine that there will be much enthusiasm for lunar missions. There certainly won't be from me, considering the alternate uses for the money..."</blockquote> Nor should there be. At 5 billion USD a pop, for what we perceive to be traditional lunar mission involving a small crew under half a dozen people, will hardly mean an ushering of humanity into the great dark beyond. <p> That being said, just what alternate uses for the money would NASA actually approve of? I'm find it hard to believe they will automatically pour it into sub-orbital research on scramjets or on human spaceflight initiates to LEO that involve cost cutting and such. <p> Something tells me that 5 billion dollars a year will go to randomn studies about how brake grease floats in space... If given that choice I'd choose the white elephant lunar landings scenario anytime.
....Posted Wednesday, July 12, 2006