Total Members Voted: 117
Voting closed: 09/09/2021 05:04 am
Since the goal is to achieve orbit it seems, SS should achieve orbit first, even if the booster and Starship crash on landing. SLS is expendable, so all it has to do is achieve orbit. Comparing apples and oranges. Just to fly first should be Starship/Superheavy pending permit approvals.
For SLS, it means that Artemis 1 completes its mission as planned.
Quote from: TomH on 08/10/2021 05:04 amFor SLS, it means that Artemis 1 completes its mission as planned.Artemis 1 technically includes everything up to Orion recovery. I presume you only mean the part of the mission through Orion/ICPS separation?
NASA’s big rocket misses another deadline, now won’t fly until 2022
Last time we had a poll like this, I voted for SLS (in spite of my long and well-documented dislike of that rocket). It just seemed like SpaceX had way too many steps to go before it could even attempt an orbital launch, let alone succeed at an orbital launch with splashdown recovery of both stages. I still think they're further out than most, but SLS keeps slipping. This time I voted Starship/Superheavy, but I'd call it almost 50/50 on which will work first. It's kind of pathetic that it's this close though, given NASA's headstart and massive budget for SLS. ~Jon