Thursday, August 03, 2006

Kliper Melts Down

Late in June, speaking at the Farnborough aerospace show, the Roskosmos leadership suddenly announced that they were suspending the tender [for the Kliper] and would instead adopt a multi-stage program of creating a space transport vehicle.

So, in other words, the Russians were blowing smoke over their intents with the Kliper. Someone once told me that we had asked to Russians "bring it" wrt the Kliper vs Orion and that "they did and showed us up". Kinda funny actually now that the Russians are shelving their project and the Orion is going forward albeit in its bloated way.

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