Crawley explains commercial advantages

At the press conference when the Augustine Commission report was released, Dr. Crawley said this on the proposal to replace the Ares I with a modified commercial launcher:

“The committee actually investigated a series of alternatives, including continued reliance on international crews, international crew services, using the heavy-launch vehicle immediately as the NASA crew launch vehicle, and we concluded that the most likely alternative that would work would be to form a partnership between NASA and the commercial industry to lead to the provision of commercial crew transport to orbit. This has the potential for producing a safe vehicle, a high-reliability vehicle. It has the potential for significant cost savings and delivery of the crew transport service by, we think, around 2016.”


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