Discussing the shuttle in the wrong newsgroups (was Re: Xah Lee's Unixism)

Paul F. Dietz dietz at dls.net
Sat Sep 4 23:52:04 CEST 2004

Rupert Pigott wrote:
> Joe Pfeiffer wrote:

>> However, it would certainly not have failed at the segment joints.#
> Indeed, it could have failed in a way entirely unique to itself... :)

For example, it would have been more difficult to cast, so it could
have been more prone to catastrophic failures due to casting errors
(voids in the grain, poor bonding of the grain to the casing, etc.)

The safer answer would have been liquid boosters, but they cost more.

The underlying problem was that the shuttle never made economic sense
(fraudulent projections of high flight rates notwithstanding.)

Followup to sci.space.policy.


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