Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Test Flight Testing Budgets

I was browsing around to see what was going on in the world and I found an ariticle about the $445m 6-minute test flight for a new NASA rocket. ( As a lot of my friends know, I am a bit of a physics nerd. I love calculations and inventions and new ideas that could change the world but....

I have to stop and think for a minute. We spent $445 MILLION DOLLARS on a flight to test a new passanger space rocket during the recession we are in. I am the first person to tell you I love new tech, I just wonder if it is coming at a good time. People are always very apt in times of crisis to blame technology. I would hate to see the space program come under fire just because they are trying to experiment with newer faster programs.

I also wonder what they $445m could have been used for. 90% of that cost probably went into all those sensors that will take years to decode and analyze. After that they will most likely pay another $445m + on a new rocket.