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Old September 18 2009, 06:55 PM   #154
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Re: Obama Space Plan: Return to Moon: "No Go"

It wasn't just the military. Lack of budget was a problem too. Originally the entire system was supposed to be reusable. instead of srbs and external tank there would have been fly back boosters. the money just wasn't there to develop a reusable "first stage". The increase in size exasperated(sp?) this by making the mass fraction to reach orbit larger.

There is a really good article here on the entire design process:
http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/shuttle.htm
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