Should We Have Called Ares I Soyuz Amerikanski?

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Check-out the latest by the always interesting Taylor Dinerman on Space Review, The Space Review: Mike Griffin’s greatest mistake. He makes the case that calling Constellation Apollo on steroids was possibly not the best term to use.

"If allowed to go forward, Ares 1 has the potential, over the long term, to be America’s answer to Soyuz, a system that can launch on time and within budget. Every subsystem on it has been and will be subject to a continual process of improvement. Unlike the Saturn V, which only flew 13 times, the Ares 1 has the real potential to fly hundreds of missions safely and reliably. Like Soyuz it may even have the potential to launch private citizens into orbit and beyond."

One Comment

  1. I am not sure what Taylor was smoking when he wrote this essay, but hopefully, this article will be Taylor’s biggest mistake.

    Ares I + Orion are designed to support beyond LEO missions. To compare it to an obsolete LEO dead-end such as Soyuz would be like comparing a Ferrari to a 1985s Volvo station wagon.

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