Friday, August 04, 2006
SpaceDaily.com is reporting the Russian Space Agency has shelved plans for the new Kliper spacecraft in favor of a less expensive retro-fit of the hugely successful Soyuz spacecraft.
This after months of publicity touting the new spacecraft.
On the surface this news is disappointing. New spaceship designs are an inevitability. The sooner they get beyond the disposable capsule as our best means of space travel, the better.
Then again, the Soyuz has proven reliable, adaptable and scalable. Why not stick with what they know? Or, as we say in America, if it ain't broke why fix it?
Of course this does not diminish the thrill of finally seeing a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) spaceship carry astronauts to space and back. Guess we'll just have to pin our hopes to Masten Space Systems...
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 8:53 PM