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Burt Rutan's Take on CEV

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
May 4, 2006

Rutan: NASA’s crew exploration vehicle doesn’t make sense, AP

“Maverick aerospace designer Burt Rutan on Thursday criticized NASA’s decision to use an Apollo-style capsule to return to the moon, saying it “doesn’t make any sense” to build a new generation of space vehicles using old technology.”

Reader note: “It makes even less sense to employ new, unproven technologies that nearly crash and burn during sub-orbital publicity stunt flights. Talk is cheap. Crew-rated robust performance is not.”

Reader note: “Must be nice to be able to throw stones without having to actually come up with a solution.”

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