QUOTE (Jim from NSF.com @ Feb 20 2008, 11:21 PM)
None of the "other" ones are viable with the current market
Apart from the Falcon 9, which NASA has also picked.
Again - had you started this thread ' Potential LV's that NASA could use to replace the Delta II ' - then fine. That's not what you said. you said ' Potential Delta II replacement'. NASA is not the only customer the Delta II has had in the last 19 years, nor is it the only customer in the next 12 launches, nor is the Delta II the only vehicle to have been filling that requirement in its lifetime. There are many alternatives for those customers to turn to, some that have been flying for years, some that are yet to fly.
If COTS 1 wasn't about ISS resupply, then someone better tell SpaceX and NASA who have described it thus:
".. demonstrating delivery of cargo to the ISS and safe return of cargo to Earth"
"to develop and demonstrate the vehicles, systems, and operations needed to support a human facility such as ISS."
I wasn't going to say this publicly but two threads in one day have dissolved to this sort of back and forth. I'm not sure if you're doing it intentionally, but it seems that you are going out of your way to be pedantic, argumentative and infuriating.