(RoyalPatriot.com )- NASA has said it has plans to use its Space Launch System for the next 30 years, even though it’s completely obsolete.
Writer Mark Whittington recently opined in an article for media outlet The Hill that NASA is sticking to its guns on the Orion/SLS for many reasons, including the fact that it’s already spent loads of money building the rocket “at the behest of Congress seemingly to appease the people who decide the space agency’s funding.”
As Whittington writes:
“The Orion/SLS represents jobs for constituents and fat contracts for campaign contributors. For too many people in public office, all that science, wealth creation and soft political power are just the happy side effects of having a space program.”
The entire program has already cost the country billions of dollars, and it still hasn’t launched yet. The agency first started working on it back in 2010, and it doesn’t have plans to fly it for the first time until February of next year.
NASA also has plans to commercialize its SLS, flying it once every year as part of the Artemis Program, and charge half price for the privilege to go on board. Their plans are to do this for at least 30 years, if not more.
Whittington, an author on topics such as space exploration, thinks this whole idea is completely insane. He wrote:
“Eventually, comparing the expendable, costly rocket developed in the old way and the cheap, nimble, reusable rocket ship that can take 100 tons of payload to the moon and Mars, created by a commercial company will be too much to tolerate. The Space Launch System likely will not fly for the next 30 years. It will serve, instead, as a monument to how not to go back to the moon or anywhere else.”
NASA got other good news from the federal level recently, when a federal court denied a lawsuit that was brought against the agency as well as SpaceX by Blue Origin.
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Blue Origin — and also famously Amazon — wasn’t happy that the award for the Human Landing System project went to SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla. Because of the court decision, SpaceX can continue working on its Starship rocket.
For his part, Bezos wrote on Twitter that it was “not the decision we wanted, but we respect the court’s judgment, and wish full success for NASA and SpaceX on the contract.”
There’s still a chance for Blue Origin to win a contract for the HLS, though. Congress has to fund a second-round competition for the HLS.
In the meantime, SpaceX and NASA can continue working on sending Artemis back to the moon.
It’s yet another expensive project being put forward by NASA.
Hopefully, this one won’t be as expensive or as obsolete as its project — the Space Launch System it seemingly won’t abandon.