Anyone able to call the engineers who pulled this off? Apparently, technology from 40 years ago fell off the moving truck and NASA is now 're-thinking' how to get back to the moon. ...if we did it once... you know.. could always use the same ideas from back then....
get me started on the boondoggle that became the Space Shuttle.
How a plan to make space flight more affordable more than doubled both preparation time and cost for every pound put into orbit.
I had hopes for the Delta Clipper, but since it was tied, funding wise, to the Reagan era Star Wars program it got canceled along with a lot of other ideas, mostly bad. (It obeyed several key rules of engineering - Keep It Simple, Stupid and Don't Reinvent the Wheel. A goodly number of parts were bought in the hardware store - why make a new custom latch that is not intrinsicly superior to one from Home Depot?
Right now I am watching SpaceX and Space Transport Corp.
The Auld Grump