Nella mailing list ProjectApollo ho potuto rivolgere a Konrad Dannenberg, un ingegnere del gruppo di Von Braun, un paio di domande tramite la moglie Jackie che gliele ha passate. Nella sua lunga carriera è stato fra l’altro Deputy Manager del programma Saturn.
Ecco le mie domande:
- If they could continue working today, with current technologies and adequate resources, on a promising project they were forced to cancel back then because of technological, funding or political constraints, which one would they pick?
- Concerning the vehicles they designed and flew, what, if anything, would they do differently with today’s hindsight?
e le risposte di Dannenberg, che pubblico con il suo permesso:
1.) The current Constellation Program is a logical extension of what we started with the Apollo Program, which I have always considered just as a beginning of space exploration. At that time von Braun and Apollo management did the right thing. Just get there, beat the Russians, and explore entirely new ground. But Apollo was limited to just a brief excursion. Now we are going to stay, land all three people, and do some real exploration of the Moon. The Space Shuttle was just a brief attempt to make space flight less expensive, but failed in that respect, although the Shuttle system is a magnificent design, but unfortunately way to expensive. With the use of Saturn V type launchers our Space Station would be complete today, much less expensive to build, and have been in operation for years.
2.) The Ares 1 and Ares V launch vehicles are a logical continuation of
what was started with Apollo. They are more powerful, more flexible and more
efficient for the new job, which could NOT be done with the old Apollo hardware.
This is it ! Konrad