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The Not-So-Great Compromise: Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

29 Aug 2010, 01:16 UTC
The Not-So-Great Compromise: Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
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In the previous posts in this series (see the tag below for the whole bunch), I speculated on what might be accomplished with a compromise between the Senate and the Administration in the Exploration areas of NASA's FY2011-FY2015 budget. My hypothetical scenario took the Senate Authorization bill as a baseline, since that bill gives some idea what would happen over several years. In particular, that bill a good idea what the Senate has in mind after the Shuttle is retired. In the other posts, I showed areas that could be made much better by shifting funds from the Senate's Heavy Lift rocket and Orion budget lines (or the Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as they are called in the bill). In this post, I'll look at what might happen to the HLV and astronaut spacecraft.First, let's look at the funding that's available for the HLV and spacecraft in the Senate bill. Figures are in millions of dollars.FY....MPCV........SLS.........Launch/Infrastructure2011..1120........1631........428.62012..1400........2650........5002013..1400........2640........400 The Launch Support and Infrastructure Modernization program isa program the primary purpose of which is to prepare infrastructure at the Kennedy Space Center that is needed to enable processing and launch of the Space Launch System.We are therefore justified in lumping ...

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