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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The weird thing is the issues with the shuttle were fixable, even more so today with 3D printing.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No the whole concept of a shuttle is moronic.
      It is incredibly wasteful putting a huge heavy vehicle in orbit just because it can land like a plane.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, and you know more than all the scientsist and engineers that have been involved in the space program in the last 50 years.
        Jesus...

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          All scientists and engineers agree it was stupid, it's simple physics.
          Russia also made a version (Buran) and their scientists and engineers also said it was stupid - this is well documented.

          Space Shuttle and Buran only existed for political reasons.
          They are white elephants.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Russia made this
            >China made that
            Can I see it ?
            >no.

            Commie bullshit

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous
          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            The remains of Buran exist in facilities that many people have managed to sneak into.
            It's not a top secret facility. It's just abandoned but with patrols that go around and don't even shoot on sight.

            Looks like yet another stolen US design and the reason commies never used it is because they didn't steal enough.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            America had to sponge off Soyuz to get men into space for more than a decade because of the space shuttle
            Roscosmos flew Buran once before they recognized the problem with the tiles

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Rockets is the one thing Soviets actually managed to build. Their rocket engines were much better than US. That's it though, everything else from commies was complete crap.
            Makes sense since space program was gov led while everything else is private.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Nice made up source, putinbot.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Huh? This is common knowledge in aerospace?
            The built a shitton more engines than they used, partly because of ambitious goals like the N1 with 30 engines at a time when the computing power didn't exist to steer such a beast.
            The surplus engines hitting the private sector after the collapse of the USSR was a major boost to the private spaceflight boom:
            https://www.spacefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/RussianRocketEnginesUsedByTheUnitedStates.pdf

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You lost the space race to them though.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Not true. Americans successfully rebranded the space race to be about landing a man on the moon after they won that single event.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            looks like one of those dogs

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            The remains of Buran exist in facilities that many people have managed to sneak into.
            It's not a top secret facility. It's just abandoned but with patrols that go around and don't even shoot on sight.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >stupid
            You are an idiot. Get out

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            and now elon musk is obsessed to make a new shuttle, ffs

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The size was pretty much set by national security requirements so it could launch spy satellites, but it wasn't used to launch spy satellites.
          That did mean it could launch Hubble, so that was a bonus, but its size was pretty much dictated by a mission it was never used to fill.

          The weird thing is the issues with the shuttle were fixable, even more so today with 3D printing.

          Technically fixable, but still too expensive. The Shuttle and Artemis have basically shown that the public sector isn't the place to be designing rockets anymore. The costs are way above what the private sector does and the quality isn't even better. I am sure we will get space planes again, at some point, and they'll be better to run and cheaper than fixing the Shuttle ever would have been.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >The size was pretty much set by national security requirements s
            Other way around. NASA sold the program by claiming it could do military sats. The military never asked for it in the first place.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            frick your private sector have a nice day. nationalize all space industry now

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I am sure we will get reusable orbiters soon enough, though they will most likely be the kind that lands on their ass vertically, rather than space planes.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    even if no one could solve the re-entry problems it wouldn't be a big loss if they were unmanned - the payload is already delivered. but i guess part of the appeal was for ISS crap and also sending up humans to do weird crap

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I had a dream last night that I was going up in a rocket ship and then everyone in side started to eject and I was going to drift into space.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i miss the shuttles so much dude.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    We would be on Mars by now if the Shuttle didn't exist. It held back NASA for 30 years.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    who took this pic tho

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      taken from the ISS probably

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      A guy with a camera I'm guessing

      [...]

      Looks like yet another stolen US design and the reason commies never used it is because they didn't steal enough.

      There's only so many ways to design a space plane

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    there is no point in manned spaceflight other than dick-waving. Everything that's worth doing there can be done better and cheaper if it's unmanned. Note how the justification for manned missions is always circular reasoning; "we need to send men into space to learn more about how to send men into space so we'll get better at sending men into space and be able to send more men into space!". Science, reconnaissance, and communications have no need to bring the fragile meatbags along for the ride.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >want to put a satilite into LEO
    >risk an entire crew of astronauts
    yeah, it was always stupid

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    love pictures taken outside the atmosphere, everything looks so crisp

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Shuttle is a design from the early 70s and had a really long lifespan as is. It's honestly pretty remarkable that SLS is pretty much just a collection of rearranged shuttle parts.
    It's a shame Buran was never developed to completion. It supposedly had a 100 ton capacity to LEO and was able to fly completely autonomous if there was no need for a crew. Compare that to the 50 ton capacity of Falcon Heavy

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