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Saturday, March 04, 2006

And Good Riddance, Too

Although Kid Various, just like all other 12 year olds, was thrilled when the space shuttle Columbia first lifted off from the Cape in 1981 - 25 years of operation have shown the shuttle program to be an amazingly expensive boondoggle that has a lousy safety record to boot. It never was able to deliver on what it promised (a reusable orbiter to get the costs down of launching payloads into orbit) and out of 5 orbiters built, we lost 2. This program has been a failure on just about every measurable level and basically demonstrates the general inability of government to innovate and manage large-scale projects.

Which is why The Kid will be celebrating the retirement of the Atlantis in 2008 and the general elimination of the program in 2014.

That's great. Now when do we get our space elevator?

NASA's "space bus." Fare: $500 million. Please have exact change ready...


At Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 12:31:00 PM EST, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

Yeah, back then we weren't so acutely and painfully aware of the "tiles" thing and the danger bits of foam posed. Not to mention a stiff "O" ring.

At Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 8:19:00 AM EST, Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

We're working on it. Public support is needed of course.

No, not public funds in the sense that it needs to be a Federal program, but actual support. We'll accept passive acceptance (grin).

B. Dunbar


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