Priorities in space for the USA

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article follows the story of Shuttle development, in the context of the history of the US space programme from Apollo to the Space Station. The Shuttle was chosen as one of a series of 'space spectaculars' and has proven to be prohibitively expensive and unreliable, practical only for a very limited number of specialized missions. The Space Station, too, cannot be economically supplied, even if the USA could afford to build it. The author concludes that NASA should cancel the Space Station and the replacement orbiter for Challenger, and engage on a major programme of launch vehicle development, independent of the US military. The aim should be a dramatic reduction of launch vehicle costs, making spaceflight practical, and a truly independent NASA which could restore the USA to space preeminence. © 1987.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Roland, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 104 - 111

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-9646

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0265-9646(87)90006-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus