Re: SPACE: Why so much EVA on ISS?

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 07:41:32 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
> > 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

Kistler's rockets are supposed to be re-usable, so the freebies should
last more than a few launches, which should be long enough for them to
make the cake to buy some newly manufactured replacements...

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