On 2003-02-11 11:03, Doodler wrote:
Honestly, we lose the shuttle. All the repair kits, cameras and robots cannot possibly cover every base. You can reengineer the spacecraft till your heart is content, you can fly every possible approach you can think of, and at some point, things are just going to happen. There was a CNN report that said the odds of a failed shuttle flight were 1/200 on paper; in practice, were about 1/60 give or take the next seven missions. After reading all the threads, reviewing the comments from people who know a LOT more than I ever will, the space shuttle as is, is the best system we can build in reusable spacecraft and its still a crapshoot. There will be incremental improvements in the system as new flaws are found and new materials made available, but the fact is, there is no perfect fix. We do not ask these people to take these risks, they volunteer for it, in VASTER numbers than NASA has slots for. All we can do is make these people fully aware (as if this and Challenger didn't make that CRYSTAL clear)and prepare them to handle the challenge. We're as good as we can get right now, realistically, what more can we do?