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The current-technology alternative would be a system or relatively low technology, expendable, "big dumb boosters" for launching cargo, combined with a "spaceplane" similar to a small shuttle, air-launched from a carrier aircraft like a 747, for moving people to orbit.
Oh yes, NASA also protests that fundamental space program changes, like a switch to big dumb boosters for cargo and small spaceplanes for people, would require a multibillion dollar R&D investment.
Robert Walker, who refers to the study his committee commissioned on multi-purpose, low-tech payload rockets--so-called "big dumb boosters." "That's something that NASA and the military have not been particularly anxious to look at.