Re: SPACE: Why so much EVA on ISS?

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Mon Mar 19 2001 - 00:54:43 MST

On Sun, 18 Mar 2001, Spike Jones wrote:

> Sure but we already have a man-rated launcher, the shuttle. If
> we had a good cheap satellite lifter, the two systems would
> complement each other nicely. With Roton and VentureStar
> dead, lets hope Kistler can make it fly. spike

Interestingly enough Spike, in the process of putting together
the Space Station/Lifter page I mentioned earlier I ran across
some discussion that Kistler had purchased a bunch of Russian
engines that had been manufactured for the Russian Moon or early
grandiose Space Station efforts. [The engines had been ordered
destroyed but apparently got squirreled away.]

I wonder if they got these "on the cheap" and any subsequent
launches could have to purchase these at market prices
(something that might not make the launches so cheap).


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