Aug 08 2015

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A history of poor choices

The engine problem. Great article that traces the history of the launch industry, to where we are today and relying on Russian engines.

The rocket engine dilemma the US faces today is not the result of a sudden and unpredicted shift in international relations but is due to both government and industry making the wrong choices, repeatedly, over the course of more than 45 years. Essentially, the country has rather studiously avoided making the effort required for a new engine development. Those decisions seemed logical, reasonable, politically necessary, cheap, or simply inevitable at the time, but ultimately proved to be seriously flawed. Much of our history in this area is not that of constant stunning achievements but rather one of frequent awe-inspiring mistakes followed by mad scrambles to recover. We are once more in that phase today.

That pretty much sums it up.

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