CONGRESSIONAL MANDATE DRIVES NASA BACKWARDS
We can see NASA planning a giant space booster that echoes the technology of the old Satrun moon missions. It also echoes the prohibitive cost that killed that and the shuttle program. Wings to space is moving to correct that path with reusable solutions. We are not alone in recognizing the problem and possible solutions. John K. Strickland published an analysis in The Space Review.
In his article, Mr. Strickland writes:
“In a nutshell, the Apollo Mission model relies on a fully expendable system consisting of a giant expendable rocket, one or two expendable types of crew vehicles, and a focus primarily on science and exploration.
To succeed with a practical and affordable space exploration and development program, we need clear thinking and carefully chosen goals and methods. We need to free ourselves from the cobwebs of past mindsets such as the Apollo Mission model.”
We submit that the horizontal launch concepts are a viable step to re-usability and affordable space access. To that end we are pursuing the goal with real ventures today. Watch for new energy and real progress from these ventures in the near future.