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Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« on: 06/11/2017 03:50 PM »
I was more than a bit surprised to find the attached study.

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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #1 on: 06/11/2017 04:02 PM »
Looks like somebody had

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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #2 on: 06/11/2017 04:34 PM »
 Many years ago I had a driving job, and one of our fellow drivers swore up and down that the space shuttle could go to the moon. We spent months trying to convince her otherwise, but to no avail. She was a good driver, on a complex route, and a very nice person, but she just wouldn't budge... ::)

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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #3 on: 06/13/2017 03:59 PM »
I appreciate that they... um... got Atlantis' OV designation wrong several times over.
« Last Edit: 06/13/2017 04:00 PM by ChrisGebhardt »

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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #4 on: 06/13/2017 04:51 PM »
I was more than a bit surprised to find the attached study.
Their should be more documents beyond the executive summary of the study that you attached.

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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #5 on: 06/17/2017 11:51 PM »
Looks like somebody had
<Too Much Time on My Hands>

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In support of the Space Exploration Initiative, it has been proposed that the
Nation's Space Transportation System (STS) could be used in an
unconventional manner to advance the date of manned activities in the lunar
vicinity. Specifically, it has been proposed that perhaps the Shuttle orbiter
could be utilized, along with a refueled external tank (ET), to itself deliver
payloads to lunar orbit.

It appears that person who started the exercise was:
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Thompson, J. R.: Remarks of the NASA Deputy Administrator to the 9th
Annual International Space Development Conference, May 30, 1990.

The author was Davy A. Haynes.

I also guess that NASA SEI funds were spent to complete this study?
« Last Edit: 06/17/2017 11:52 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #6 on: 06/18/2017 12:21 AM »
Many years ago I had a driving job, and one of our fellow drivers swore up and down that the space shuttle could go to the moon. We spent months trying to convince her otherwise, but to no avail. She was a good driver, on a complex route, and a very nice person, but she just wouldn't budge... ::)
Well; at least that's a lot better than someone who believes in the growing meme that spaceships are all fake and don't go anywhere :'(
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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #7 on: 06/18/2017 02:07 AM »
This line in the report says it all: "The results of the analysis indicate that the Shuttle Orbiter would be a poor vehicle for payload delivery missions to lunar orbit."

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Re: Shuttle Cislunar Flight
« Reply #8 on: 06/18/2017 06:01 AM »
This report may have been born of the frustration and prospect of being stuck in low Earth orbit for the forseeable future. I understand that very well.
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