[amsat-bb] Re: AO-40 Replacement

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 14:01:38 PDT 2012

Reading on a bit in that transcript...

"Our second goal is to develop and test a new spacecraft, the crew
exploration vehicle, by 2008, and to conduct the first manned mission
no later than 2014.
The crew exploration vehicle will be capable of ferrying astronauts
and scientists to the space station after the shuttle is retired. But
the main purpose of this spacecraft will be to carry astronauts beyond
our orbit to other worlds. This will be the first spacecraft of its
kind since the Apollo command module.
Our third goal is to return to the moon by 2020, as the launching
point for missions beyond."

So where do we stand on those goals, and to whom is credit/blame placed?

This is almost fun ;)

Mark N8MH

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM, Armando Mercado <am25544 at triton.net> wrote:
>>Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 11:15:35 -0500
>>From: "Kevin Muenzler" <kevin at eaglecreekobservatory.org>
>>To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO40 replacement !!!
>>Message-ID: <003101cd8b81$ae8e3610$0baaa230$@org>
>>I can understand that!
>>What I meant was that it could be launched as so many have been launched -- from the shuttle cargo bay.  But, no more >shuttles...Mr. Obama gave them all away. :(
> -------------------
> Hello,
> Nothing like an AO-40 discussion to liven up the mail list.
> Not to get into politics, but the above statement is incorrect.
> Jan. 14, 2004, President Bush gave a speech on America's new vision for space
> exploration,  In part he said...
> "...The Shuttle's chief purpose over the next several years will be to help finish
> assembly of the International Space Station. In 2010, the Space Shuttle -- after
> nearly 30 years of duty -- will be retired from service..."
> The shuttle last flight was July 8,2011, after the current administration approved the
> flight of STS-135, using the last flight ready SRB's and external tank.
> Transcript of the speech can be found at:
> http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/54868main_bush_trans.pdf
> 73 Armando, N8IGJ
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Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]

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