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Russia May Build "Super-Heavy" Rocket

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 10:12 AM

Russia Mulls Development of New Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket


RIA Novosti said:

MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, is to discuss with leading Russian scientists development of a new launch vehicle capable of carrying up payloads to 70 tons, its head said Friday.

“We will analyze and use all the existing potential…to choose the optimal solution [for the super-heavy rocket],” newly-appointed Roscosmos chief Oleg Ostapenko told reporters.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 10:41 AM

I hate to see the Russians and Chinese expending needed resources on these nationalistic projects: they should leave it up to the richer Americans and maybe Japanese.  Unfortunately, the Americans need competition or they won't do it -- too many short-sighted politicians pandering to short-sighted voters.


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:20 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 26 October 2013 - 10:41 AM, said:

I hate to see the Russians and Chinese expending needed resources on these nationalistic projects: they should leave it up to the richer Americans and maybe Japanese.
Let me get this straight, you are saying that the USA, which has a national debt of 107% of GDP and Japan which has a national debt of 212% of GDP CAN afford a space programme but China which has a national debt of 22% GDP and Russia, which has a national debt of only 8% GDP CAN'T afford one?

The fact of the matter is that all of these countries are rich enough to afford a space programme. The technological advances produced by an active space exploration programme (and other areas of scientific research) are beneficial to developed nations as it allows them to remain competitive in the modern technological world. Science (including an active space programme) is also beneficial to developing nations as it allows them to become technologically developed and able to compete in the modern world.

A space programme is not a cost, it is an investment.

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