SLS and Orion: October 2006 Archives

Editor's note: Not too long ago NASA was adamant that it did not want to see any presentations at technical conferences by Lockheed Martin about human-rating any of their Atlas launch vehicles. The reason was simple: this would conflict with NASA's plans. Now that they have won the CEV contract, and their announcement of a joint human-rating study with Bigelow Aerospace, Lockheed Martin seems to be much less shy about touting their capabiliies. See this page for details.

I wonder how many human-rated Atlas launchers NASA could buy for the same amount of money (still TBD) it will spend on developing the CLV - especially given all of the problems that the "Stick" has encountered. For that matter, how many Atlas- (or Delta-) derived HLVs could NASA buy for the money they will be spending on the CaLV? Meanwhile, industry sourcs note that ULA may soon be looking at human-rating options as well.

- CBO Report: Alternatives for Future U.S. Space-Launch Capabilities
- VSE Launchers: Why Recreate Something You Can Already Buy?, earlier post


Loading

 



Monthly Archives

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries in the SLS and Orion category from October 2006.

SLS and Orion: September 2006 is the previous archive.

SLS and Orion: November 2006 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.