NASA revine la modelul Apollo

Am publicat ieri un post in care era vorba despre decizia NASA de a renunta la navetele reutilizabile si de redesena naveta spatiala.Aseara a aparut o prima schita a viitoarei navete care se aseamana cu cele din timpul programului Apollo, mai ales cu Saturn V (Apollo 11) care va arata asa :

Directorul NASA, Charles Bolden impreuna cu cativa membri ai congresului au inaugurat ieri planul administratiei Obama in ceea ce priveste noul model de racheta spatial denumit SLS – Space Launch System.Testele fara echipaj uman vor incepe in 6 ani, iar cele cu un echipaj in 10 ani.

Costurile acestui nou program sunt si ele destul de mari, fiind estimate la 18 miliarde de dolari, respectic 35 de miliarde de dolari in situatiile prezentate mai sus.Si ca fiti siguri ca racheta va fi la fel ca cele ale programului Apollo, va ofer citatul care demonstreza acest adevar :

The size, shape and potentially heavier reliance on liquid fuel as opposed to solid rocket boosters is much closer to Apollo than the recently retired space shuttles, which were winged, reusable ships that sat on top of a giant liquid-fuel tank, with twin solid rocket boosters providing most of the power. It’s also a shift in emphasis from the moon-based, solid-rocket-oriented plans proposed by the George W. Bush administration.

Si un film-concept despre cum va arata si se va comporta naveta :

Foto/Video : NASA/Spacearium

 

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