Re: [MV] Columbia

From: Dave Ball (
Date: Sat Feb 01 2003 - 22:01:26 PST

Here is an article on "no new space shuttles" statement from Nasa today.


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From: "Chuck" <>
To: "Military Vehicles Mailing List" <>
Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 6:09 PM
Subject: [MV] Columbia

> I was very disturbed about the shuttle today. I truly believe
> that there must be a better way to make the trip into orbit than a
> shuttle that was designed in the early 70's. I know that all these
> ships have been updated and every componet gone over with a fine tooth
> comb before launch but, the basis for thier technology is still a
> quarter of a century old. America has a long standing tradition of the
> best engineering minds in the world and I know the technology is
> there. So my question is why is there not a better solution to space
> flight. I have seen the space plane concept and it seems viable but
> their are other ideas out there. Ideas like using bucky balls to
> create a carbon ladder into space. Mabye thats far fetched but anyhing
> is worth a thought. God be with you Columbia crew.
> On the stop leak question Bars Leak liquid copper seal works well
> but I've never had any luck with larger leaks. I flexed my frame very
> badly one time on a trail and the fan hit the radiator and to get back
> home I put oatmeal in the radiator it worked like a charm but it was
> hell getting out.
> Chuck Simpson
> P.S. I put this subject on my message board stop in to leave any
> thoughts
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