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posted 08-26-2015 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just read interesting post from Phil Plait on his Bad Astronomy blog regarding the US manned space program, and specifically the underfunding of the Commercial Crew Development program by Congress by around $1 billion over the last 5 years, whilst simultaneously paying the Russians nearly $500 million a year to fly American astronauts to the ISS.

You can read the blog entry here.

Please read the whole article before commenting as he explains in detail his point of view, and his related opinions on SLS, Orion etc.

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posted 08-26-2015 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It should be noted that Phil's citation of Mika McKinnon's io9 article is misleading, as McKinnon compared apples with apples and oranges by citing a "per seat" cost for the Soyuz that also includes training on the Russian segment of the ISS and cargo allocations. NASA combined several contracts with Roscosmos into one that resulted in the misinterpreted per seat cost.

Cost savings is not really not the strongest argument for adopting U.S. commercial crew vehicles; rather it the investment in U.S. companies and the future of a robust commercial presence in low Earth orbit.

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posted 08-26-2015 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Add to the incentives for Commercial Crew: no Russian language and height requirements!

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posted 08-26-2015 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course, all astronauts flying to the space station, regardless of the vehicle they take to get there, are required to learn Russian.

And I believe there are still height requirements for the Dragon and CST-100; they are just more allowing than Soyuz.

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