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View Diary: New Video of SpaceX Sci-fi "Grasshopper" Rocket Released - Over 1000 ft Hover Flight in June (56 comments)

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  •  True, but... (3+ / 0-)

    to be fair, the last actual development that NASA did on launch vehicles was the shuttle and it's associated technologies, all from the 1970s. They just didn't have the computer technology for the kind of hardware and software that runs the Grasshopper, nor could they have had it. That was the result of the subsequent four decades of computer development.

    Don't get me wrong; I agree that NASA got diverted from their 60s and 70s dynamism and has lost the innovative edge in things like launch vehicles (though not in other areas, like exploration vehicles, where they've been doing some fantastic work, especially the folks at JPL) but we need to be fair about the things that they could have done and the things that couldn't be done until other technologies developed to a sufficiently sophisticated level.

    Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

    by Stwriley on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:26:38 AM PDT

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    •  I don't blame NASA for anything. (3+ / 0-)
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      They operate at the whims of a totally corrupt and venal Congress, and it was that fact that foisted the Shuttle on them rather than evolving from Apollo, and that which left their human spaceflight program wandering in the wilderness for decades even up to today (except for what they're doing with SpaceX).

      Sign the petition to demand a law-abiding Supreme Court.

      by Troubadour on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:42:56 AM PDT

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