Re: SPACE: Why so much EVA on ISS?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Mon Mar 19 2001 - 19:30:18 MST

> Spike Jones wrote: With Roton and VentureStar
> > dead, lets hope Kistler can make it fly. spike
> "Robert J. Bradbury" wrote: 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).

Gooood question Robert. Ive heard reliable reports that the
commie rocket scientists are working for the equivalent of a
US dollar an hour, altho I still suspect at least some exaggeration
must be taking place. Does anyone know?

Im pretty sure Kistler did get some excellent commie engines
at firesale prices. I dont know what their future availability
might be, however they look like a good bet for now
considering all our current options, which are few and grim
indeed. Doug are you up to speed on Kistler? spike

PS I offer a huuuuuge apology to the entire list for posting
my wacky notion that the shuttle main engines were derived
from the SaturnV. That was incorrect info that had been
lodged in my brain for I dont know how long, but about
3 seconds of actual pondering would have made me realize
theres noooo waaaay, for a lotta reasons: the size isnt right, the
atmospheric pressure profile isnt the same, the SSME
is a many-start; oh dear, oh my, I am shamed. Moral
of the story, for propulsion questions talk to Doug Jones,
as hes actually in the biz, whereas Im over on the payload
side. {8-[ <---- blushing spike

Im still good for prime number discovery predictions tho. {8^D

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