Such news on India and China making progress in space rocketry may not seem to mean anything in the march towards the space frontier in the new century. What is very significant is the total silence, inactivity of NASA in its space programme. Nothing heard, nothing seen from the Americans except memories of explosions and failed Apollo missions in its last few attempts to conquer space. It’s latest mission was launched by a private company’s rocket.
In all reality, the USA is history as far as space technology and rocketry are concerned. It is no longer in contention and a player in space for a simple reason. It does not have a rocket that can fly. It does not have a rocket that would not go boom boom on launch. The Americans did not have anything to deliver its satellites to space, not even its astronauts to the space station it shared with the Russians. To make that trip, the Amercans have to hitch a ride on Russian rockets. That is how pathetic the American space programme and technology have become.
Now the bigger question, its ICBMs were based on 1960s techonology, equipments and parts and built during those ancient days. Are they still working? The Americans are still boasting about their huge arsenal of nuclear weapons and warheads, minuteman. Can they fly when fired? Or would they go bzzzzzzzzz……and nothing happens? Those ICBMs are antique pieces in the silo museums of the American Defense Dept.
We used to have our Bloodhound surface to air missiles left behind by the British. We kept it for show for several years without firing a single missile and presuming that they would fly when fired. Luckily we need not test them or prove that they were working as they were supposed to. We have now replaced them, decommissioned them with many new missiles with new technology.
The American ICBM force is like our Bloodhound SAM. Same generation, as aged as our Bloodhounds. The Russians, the Chinese and the Indians, even Europeans, are moving and developing new space technologies that are more efficient and more advanced and working.
The Americans are still banking on their antiques in the silos to frighten the world that they have the most deadly nuclear missile force to reckon with. How would they fair when put to the test? Would the fuses work?
When would the Americans start to build a new rocket that can fly?