ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5417 times:
It amazes me that the Billions of US spent and they can't get foam to stick to a rocket . . . I'm not trying to be sarcastic here, in fact I am a great supporter of the Space Program.
It's amazing to me they can't get it right!
How many years (if any) does the shuttle fleet have left? What will replace it? When will that happen?
I also find it amazing the level of technology in the shuttle - comparatively speaking (say to Apollo) and still, thy can't get it right? NASA has egg on their face again . . . . rather still I believe.
Some thing has to give. We should have already explored Mars - with a manned mission - but we're too busy rebuilding 30 year old technology that never worked as advertised . . .
Remember, the space plane, one launch a month, up and back just like a plane . . . . .
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9450 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5370 times:
It amazes me that the Billions of US $$ spent and they can't get foam to stick to a rocket
Because all the 'egg-heads' what to do is find some new cutting edge, super new design. If you've read 'Yeager' he talks about an early pitch control issue they had with the X-1. Instead of getting the slide rules and college educated pin heads involved, the jacked it up, built a 2x4 trellis underneath it and worked the balance point that way. It took them one day to find the answer, not months and months and thousands of dollars (thousands then, millions now) My point, look at it in simple terms.......
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5354 times:
I was just talking to my neighbors in a front yard meet. They both said they lost a lot of respect for NASA after hearing the news.
In the deleted thread, I said that NASA is essentially using duct tape and wire to hold these pieces of shit together. And what gets me is they don't have a f*cking clue of what to replace them with. The rocket scientists are not very smart people after all. It's actually embarrassing.
I'm going to print bumper stickers: Scuttle the Shuttle
KiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
Quoting Newark777 (Reply 17): That sounds good, but it would probably weigh too much. It would involve two metal layers, where now there is just one metal layer, plus the light spray on foam insulation.
I know it'll be expensive, but what if you replaced the outer layer of metal with some composite, like carbon fiber, or honeycomb?
TheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5321 times:
Quoting KiwiNanday (Reply 18): Well, lets hope they still get home safely. After all, isn't that what matters?
They brought 5 extra rolls of duct tape this time, so I think they'll be fine.
They're spending a lot of time during this mission trying to figure out what exactly went wrong. Keep in mind there are a billion different questions that were brought up by the space shuttle break-up. They can't confirm any hypothesis until they can adequately test it.