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Suggestion #05:  don't throw away the Shuttle's technology and know-how

In 1972 a political decision has put an end to the Apollo missions and program, so, after invested lots of billion$ to develop the very advanced (for its era) Apollo technology, the Apollo's hardware and know-how has been thrown in the waste bin, just after the last mission on the Moon, the Apollo 17.

Well, I agree with the decision to stop the Apollo missions, since, after its 6th successful lunar landing, the program had already reached ALL its scientific, military, political and technological goals, the Apollo program was realistically able to reach, while, insist in the program, would have resulted in a duplication of missions, a giant waste of money and an increased risk of a failed mission (perhaps, with two astronauts dead on the Moon!) that would totally deleted from history all the previous successes!

But, I did NOT agree with the decision to dismantle and delete nearly all the hardware, technology, manufacturing facilities and the know-how of the Apollo program (paid an immense amount money, for the era) send the last Apollo vehicles to museums and with several thousands very smart and expert technicians, engineers, managers and scientists of the Apollo program, FIRED within a few days or (only the most lucky of them) hired by consumer products companies, where (after they designed rockets and spacecrafts, developed new electronics, computer and alloys!) they have used their advanced skill, to develop pocket calculators, home appliances, bus, cranes, toys, etc... :(

Just imagine which kind of Space program would been accomplished over the last 35 years (and in the next 35) IF the Apollo technology, the powerful (and man-rated) F-1 and J-2 engines and the giant (140+ tons of payload to LEO) Saturn V WAS NOT thrown in the waste bin in 1972: several giant Space Stations (each, built with very few Saturn V launches!) many Space Telescopes (each one, 10-20 times bigger than Hubble and able to see NOW thousands exoplanets with the same resolution Hubble see Jupiter or Saturn!) one or more lunar outposts with dozens crew members 365 day a year) hundreds (much bigger than Spirit and Opportunity and very advanced) Mars rovers and gliders, dozens Space probes (much bigger than Galileo or Cassini) and a manned Mars mission under way just these days... :)

And now (since NASA seems not learn from its own mistakes) the same is happening to the (30+ years of work and 100+ billion$ costs) Shuttle technology and know-how that NASA (under political decision) is going to dismantle and delete, one piece a time, including over 7000 Shuttle-related jobs of very experienced engineers and scientists, instead of start training them to the new ESAS program and hardware!

So, my 5th suggestion is: don't throw away the Shuttle's technology and know-how but keep ALL the Shuttle manufacturing and assembly facilities open, ALL the hardware, technology, the (ready available, MAN-RATED, reliable, powerful, safe, 375+ times successful) SSMEs the (ready available, MAN-RATED, safe, cheap, reliable and 249 times successful) standard 4-segments SRB and the ET ALWAYS under production, keeping, also, ALL the Shuttle-related jobs and know-how instead of LOSE over TEN years and 40+ billion$ to develop the (very similar, but worst!) "new" hardware!

Doesn't matter if (now or later) the Shuttle hardware and know-how will be really used for the ESAS plan, since, SAVE and always keep READY AVAILABLE all these JEWELS of the Space technology could anyhow be VERY USEFUL in all the future developments of rockets, vehicles and Space programs!!!

 

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In 1972 a political decision has put an end to the Apollo missions and program, so, after invested lots of billion$ to develop the very advanced (for its era) Apollo technology, the Apollo's hardware and know-how has been thrown in the waste bin, just after the last mission on the Moon, the Apollo 17.

Well, I agree with the decision to stop the Apollo missions, since, after its 6th successful lunar landing, the program had already reached ALL its scientific, military, political and technological goals, the Apollo program was realistically able to reach, while, insist in the program, would have resulted in a duplication of missions, a giant waste of money and an increased risk of a failed mission (perhaps, with two astronauts dead on the Moon!) that would totally deleted from history all the previous successes!

But, I did NOT agree with the decision to dismantle and delete nearly all the hardware, technology, manufacturing facilities and the know-how of the Apollo program (paid an immense amount money, for the era) send the last Apollo vehicles to museums and with several thousands very smart and expert technicians, engineers, managers and scientists of the Apollo program, FIRED within a few days or (only the most lucky of them) hired by consumer products companies, where (after they designed rockets and spacecrafts, developed new electronics, computer and alloys!) they have used their advanced skill, to develop pocket calculators, home appliances, bus, cranes, toys, etc... :(

Just imagine which kind of Space program would been accomplished over the last 35 years (and in the next 35) IF the Apollo technology, the powerful (and man-rated) F-1 and J-2 engines and the giant (140+ tons of payload to LEO) Saturn V WAS NOT thrown in the waste bin in 1972: several giant Space Stations (each, built with very few Saturn V launches!) many Space Telescopes (each one, 10-20 times bigger than Hubble and able to see NOW thousands exoplanets with the same resolution Hubble see Jupiter or Saturn!) one or more lunar outposts with dozens crew members 365 day a year) hundreds (much bigger than Spirit and Opportunity and very advanced) Mars rovers and gliders, dozens Space probes (much bigger than Galileo or Cassini) and a manned Mars mission under way just these days... :)

And now (since NASA seems not learn from its own mistakes) the same is happening to the (30+ years of work and 100+ billion$ costs) Shuttle technology and know-how that NASA (under political decision) is going to dismantle and delete, one piece a time, including over 7000 Shuttle-related jobs of very experienced engineers and scientists, instead of start training them to the new ESAS program and hardware!

So, my 5th suggestion is: don't throw away the Shuttle's technology and know-how but keep ALL the Shuttle manufacturing and assembly facilities open, ALL the hardware, technology, the (ready available, MAN-RATED, reliable, powerful, safe, 375+ times successful) SSMEs the (ready available, MAN-RATED, safe, cheap, reliable and 249 times successful) standard 4-segments SRB and the ET ALWAYS under production, keeping, also, ALL the Shuttle-related jobs and know-how instead of LOSE over TEN years and 40+ billion$ to develop the (very similar, but worst!) "new" hardware!

Doesn't matter if (now or later) the Shuttle hardware and know-how will be really used for the ESAS plan, since, SAVE and always keep READY AVAILABLE all these JEWELS of the Space technology could anyhow be VERY USEFUL in all the future developments of rockets, vehicles and Space programs!!!

 


                                     


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