STRUGGLE FOR 21ST CENTURY U.S. HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT CAPABILITIES
Explore the announcements, awards, cancellations, transformations, launches, disasters and successes as America strives to develop new capabilities for human spaceflight in the 21st century.
Author: John Kavanagh; Twitter: @kavanagh
Timeline emphasizes amount NASA awards in cost-plus contracts for government-operated systems versus competitive fixed-price commercial agreements with payment milestones for services, or achievement by entirely private efforts. Specific attention drawn to pattern of over-budget program cancellations and long-term public-private partnerships.
Evident paradoxes of American space policy:
– If flying astronauts again is important, why does NASA spend more on Russia for this than U.S. Commercial Crew? Or why not decouple Orion from Space Launch System to fly sooner on existing American rocket?
– If beyond Earth exploration is next objective of…
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