Re: Re. (...) Economic Role of Manned Space Stations

Spike Jones (
Tue, 20 Jul 1999 19:29:40 -0700 wrote:

> Completely unnecessary. With the right booster, the shuttle without *any*
> modifications could easily reach lunar orbit. ...

Paul, is this *really* you who wrote this, or an impostor? Hand over the ransom note.... {8^D

If you take the shuttle in its current form, make the entire payload into more fuel and tanks, you *still* would be unable to get the delta vee necessary to take it to the moon. Nor would you want to.

When you say "the right booster" are you suggesting some profoundly huge liquids, strapped to the external tank? spike