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Former NASA Administrator Griffin: Gateway Is A "Stupid Architecture"

By Keith Cowing
November 16, 2018
Former NASA Administrator Griffin: Gateway Is A "Stupid Architecture"

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“Stressing that these are his private views, [Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin] said 2028 “is so late to need as to not be worthy to be on the table.” From a systems engineering standpoint, building the Gateway before humans are on the surface is a “stupid architecture” because it will be needed only as a depot for propellant once it is being manufactured on the surface.”
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“Prefacing his comments by saying that these were his personal beliefs, Griffin said, “I think 2028 is so late-to-need that it doesn’t even need to be on the table. Such a date does not demonstrate that the United States is a leader in anything. This is 2018. It took us eight years to get to the Moon the first time, and you’re going to tell me it takes 10 to 12 to 14 to do it again when we know how? I just want to drop a flag on the play.”

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