Reappraising the Space Shuttle Program

by Roger A. Pielke, Jr., Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


This paper argues that the experience of the Space Shuttle program has been misinterpreted. Conventional wisdom holds that the shuttle is an example of a weak national commitment. This paper critiques conventional wisdom as inadequate for future policy purposes, setting the stage for a reappraisal of the Space Shuttle program experience.

Subject Headings: Aircraft and spacecraft | Orbits | United States

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