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Publications [#359320] of Alex Roland

Journal Articles

  1. Roland, A, Priorities in space for the USA, Space Policy, vol. 3 no. 2 (January, 1987), pp. 104-111 [doi]
    (last updated on 2023/04/01)

    This article follows the story of Shuttle development, in the context of the history of the US space programme from Apollo to the Space Station. The Shuttle was chosen as one of a series of 'space spectaculars' and has proven to be prohibitively expensive and unreliable, practical only for a very limited number of specialized missions. The Space Station, too, cannot be economically supplied, even if the USA could afford to build it. The author concludes that NASA should cancel the Space Station and the replacement orbiter for Challenger, and engage on a major programme of launch vehicle development, independent of the US military. The aim should be a dramatic reduction of launch vehicle costs, making spaceflight practical, and a truly independent NASA which could restore the USA to space preeminence. © 1987.

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