Saturday, August 29, 2015

Retro Saturday: One Fantastic Ride

Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: wdtvlive42 YouTube channel.

This week's Retro Saturday is a fifteen-minute 1991 NASA documentary by the space propulsion technology division of the Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) titled, One Fantastic Ride.

The film is an overview of various propulsion systems foreseen in the upcoming decades, although much of it is happy-clappy wishful thinking. At this time, the International Space Station was still Space Station Freedom. The documentary assures us that Lewis will develop very economical and affordable thrusters to keep Freedom in orbit. We're also told that uncrewed Shuttle-like cargo ships will service Freedom.

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