No U.S. Manned Ride To Space? Big, Fat, Hairy Deal

The U.S. has no organic ride to the space station for our space-rated passengers astronauts.

Some think this is a big deal. I don’t. Why? I have seen the future and it’s unmanned.

UAVs, ATMs, and robotic space systems are but three missions that can be done cheaper, better, and faster by machines.

Want more? Toll booths. Telephone operators. Elevator operators.

More still? Manufacturing of all sorts—assembly, welding, spraying, etc.

I’m still hooah on space. But manned space? Man-rating space systems is just a loss of payload, and as such, capability. We’re not space-racing with the Soviet Union today and we’ve figured there is nothing manned space can do that robotic space can’t do better.

Repair the Hubble, you say? We could have launched a constellation of new and improved Hubbles for the money spent getting the shuttle to space to do the repairs. And the space station itself is even more of a joke.

It’s true that the Chinese have a serious manned space program, but so what? When they figure out the prestige a manned space program offers is far from commensurate with the value it returns, they’ll fully re-embrace robotic space quickly enough.

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About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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