DailyDirt: Who Wants To Go To Space?

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Reusable rocket technology has been a 'holy grail' of sorts for space exploration. Building reusable components is supposed to make space travel more affordable, but the Space Shuttle is the prime example of how that's not necessarily true, as it cost over an order of magnitude more than originally planned. Still, it should be possible to make reusable rockets that are cheaper to operate, and some private companies are figuring out how to do it. SpaceX hasn't quite gotten reusable rockets perfected yet (though, it has done it more than a few times with its Grasshopper vehicle). And depending on how you define a "rocket" -- Virgin Galactic & Scaled Composites have also developed reusable space vehicles. After you've finished checking out those links, check out this holiday gift guide for some awesome deals at the Techdirt deals store.
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Filed Under: elon musk, grasshopper, jeff bezos, jules verne, kennedy space center, konstantin tsiolkovsky, new shepard, re-usable rockets, robert goddard, rockets, space, space exploration, suborbital, william leitch
Companies: blue origin, nasa, spacex


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    Roger Strong (profile), 25 Nov 2015 @ 7:32pm

    Re: the space shuttle was a boondoggle!

    Hubble's initial problem would have just as easily happened on a space telescope launched on a conventional disposable rocket.

    The difference is that Hubble was designed to be serviced in space by the Shuttle. And so the Shuttle essentially did it's first mission early and repaired Hubble. In your non-shuttle world it would have been a write-off.

    Later servicing missions not only greatly extended Hubble's life, but gave it capabilities far beyond the original design.

    No space walks means no space station, no missions beyond Low Earth Orbit, and virtually no repair or recovery missions.

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