Monday, April 30, 2012

"Welcome to the current state of the U.S. manned space program."

Verna and Randy start their May Photo of the Month feature with a double dose of rocket depression.  They remind us of lost glory with a view of the venerable Pad 39 and state clearly my feeling on the Shuttle retirement:
Yes, we know the shuttles were due to be retired and should have been but to not be ready with the next generation of manned vehicle is inexcusable. The lack of foresight is mind boggling. 
On their Fire and Smoke, they make a proposal that the NAR establish a permanent launch site and more thoughts of ending the First Flier program.  If these topics intrigue you, pop on over and read their proposals..  It would be sweet to have a place with permanent facilities (equipment storage through shelters), available at least most weekends (should be near multiple clubs) and with a permanent FAA waiver.