You do realize that the Orion project involved setting off nuclear bombs right? It wouldn't work in the atmosphere, and even if it did, you would have to be alunatic to use it. I was thinking of something practical like white knight 1 from scaled composites.Orion.
I agree its more fun to make people, but its a hell of lot cheaper to make robots. Astronauts are filthy expensive.Robots should be phased out because it's cheaper and more entertaining to make people.
Would you rather people die when we screw up?You mean outside of the fact that we keep making mistakes here on earth and wrecking them?
Thankfully post cold-war foreign policy is based on something other than childish competitiveness (sort of).No, now we should be trying to one-up the Chinese.