Aerospaceweb.org Polls

July 2003 Poll #2 July 2003 Poll #1
Should the US and other nations send peacekeeping troops into Liberia?
Yes
35%
No
55%
Undecided
11%
Total votes: 110
How long do you think it will be before China launches a human into orbit?
6 months
11%
1 year
22%
5 years
35%
10 years
16%
Never
16%
Total votes: 118
Comment: It is interesting to note that the response was overwhelmingly positive in the first week this poll was open, but opinion gradually reversed. We too are torn by this issue, and in the final analysis, this situation looks far too much like Somalia for our comfort. There are no good guys in this conflict--every Liberian faction is more brutal and corrupt than the last--so it is difficult to see how foreign intervention could bring about a positive result. Comment: China has hinted that launching a human into space could happen any day now, but we suspect that it will likely take another three to five years, at least, for the nation to develop the necessary technology. Unfortunately, China has a very poor record in the reliability of its launch vehicles, which is obviously one of the most signficant steps to manned space flight.

June 2003 Poll #2 June 2003 Poll #1
Has the US made the right decision by slashing participation in the Paris Air Show?
Yes
27%
No
66%
Undecided
7%
Total votes: 107
Do you agree with the decision by British Airways and Air France to retire the Concorde?
Yes
23%
No
72%
Undecided
5%
Total votes: 108
Comment: Although a few have labeled us as France bashers almost since the day this site first opened (for reasons we've never figured out), even we think it was petty and foolish to all but pull out of the Paris Air Show. The fact that Airbus managed to steal so many headlines at the expense of Boeing in the process only strengthens that position. It's time to let bygones be bygones, on both sides of the Atlantic. Comment: It is indeed a sad prospect that one of the greatest technological marvels of our time will no longer grace the skies. However, the more we learn about the Concorde's many financial and maintenance problems, the more apparent it becomes that the plane is simply unprofitable and has become a white elephant.

May 2003 Poll #2 May 2003 Poll #1
Should the US government provide additional loans to United and American Airlines?
Yes
31%
No
54%
Undecided
15%
Total votes: 96
Should NASA install a crew ejection sytem on the remaining Space Shuttles?
Yes
70%
No
28%
Undecided
2%
Total votes: 103
Comment: These results were a bit surprising as we expected more votes in favor of the loans to bolster two of the nation's most historic and premier airlines as they struggle with bankruptcy. Comment: While the idea at first seems like an obvious necessity, there are a number of practical issues to consider. First of all, such a system could probably only be used in a very small number of disaster scenarios, and it is unlikely that any system could have saved the crew of Columbia. Second, it seems clear that any ejection system would require a complete redesign of the Shuttle orbiter in order to accomodate it. Finally, it is difficult to justify the enormous cost of installing an ejection system on a vehicle that is nearing the end of its life when it would be of only limited usefulness.


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