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    SLS Needs to Die

    NASA's Space Launch System is turning into a back-up plan for Commercial Space. Who needs it?

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2013/03/...akes-no-sense/
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    NASA, Money, Direction and Mission

    http://satellite.tmcnet.com/topics/s...on-mission.htm
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    Kill The Space Launch System To Save Human Spaceflight
    http://www.aviationweek.com/Article....p66-563151.xml
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Racer View Post
    NASA's Space Launch System is turning into a back-up plan for Commercial Space. Who needs it?
    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2013/03/...akes-no-sense/
    The military.

    Of course if all these triangle type gravity defying ships are ours ...........

    Roy
    "The perfect Totalitarian State is one where the political bosses, and their army of managers, control a population of slaves, who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude"

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    NASA Throws Down the Gauntlet on Commercial Crew
    http://innerspace.net/2013/04/11/nas...ommerial-crew/
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    NASA applies sequestration cuts to the most efficient part of its operation instead of the most useless or most wasteful.

    http://www.americaspace.com/?p=34159
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    A Summer Storm Coming : SLS and Commercial Crew
    http://innerspace.net/2013/04/16/a-s...mmercial-crew/
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    A rocket reveals a fundamental truth about America

    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the...-about-america
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    "Looking back from some future point in time, when the humanity has established itself as a multi planet species, historians are going question just why it was that in the post Shuttle era, NASA, the Air Force and the American aerospace establishment lost all interest in pursuing reusable launch technology, even as the cost of space launch services began to escalate beyond reason."

    http://innerspace.net/2013/04/23/spa...o-the-heavens/
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    OldSpace in Check

    "The future of human space flight has changed.

    In a teleconference yesterday, NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier and Bigelow Aerospace founder Robert Bigelow discussed the agreement that could one day turn over U.S. labs aboard the International Space Station to the private sector, and result in commercial colonies on the lunar surface."

    http://www.8newsnow.com/category/282...clipId=8913901

    "This idea is a stunning rebuke of how NASA has done business for the last half-century.

    For decades, NASA contracts were steered to aerospace companies that funnelled millions of dollars into the campaign coffers of members of Congress. Those members often sat on the space authorization and appropriations subcommittees in both houses of Congress.

    A glaring example is the Space Launch System. Called the “Senate Launch System” by its critics, SLS was dictated by Congress in 2010 to assure that Space Shuttle and Constellation contractors continued to receive NASA dollars. The law didn't allow NASA to put SLS out for bid or competition. NASA was required to use those contractors.

    Three years later, Congress still hasn't told NASA what it's supposed to do with SLS. NASA is to build the rocket, keeping those workers employed and the contractors compensated. Once it's built ... who knows."

    http://spaceksc.********.com/2013/05...-in-check.html
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    The problem, now, boils down to this: We've retired Shuttle. We've laid off many (but not all) of the Shuttle contractors. But most of the federal bureaucrats who ran the Shuttle program remain at NASA (with significant regional Congressional backing) but now seriously underemployed and casting about for some way, any way, to revive and perpetuate their fading bureaucratic empire.

    Forty years after imposing crippling overhead on Shuttle by keeping as many of themselves as possible on the payroll post-Apollo, this entrenched "old NASA" carries a heavy burden of institutional prejudices and impossibly expensive operating procedures. It is a mature bureaucracy, powerfully resistant to making any real changes in its organizational structure or operational approach. Its remaining flagship programs, SLS and MPCV, barely support its overhead, with little prospect for the billions a year in new funding needed to fly actual useful missions. SLS in particular is in growing danger of being seen for the dead-end jobs program it is.

    The success of COTS and soon CCP in flying new commercial ships at a tenth or less old NASA costs is a deadly threat to this remnant bureaucracy's future. Old NASA depended for decades on the defense that "space is hard" (true) and that all the billions they consumed every year to produce a handful of missions were the essential minimum to do the job (false, but hard to prove.)

    COTS has now provided graphic proof of old NASA's obsolescence, and CCP will soon provide far more if not contained and controlled. In order to understand the growing fight over CCP funding and policy, we think it essential to understand old NASA's not very hidden CCP agendas:

    - To avoid CCP conspicuously and embarrassingly flying commercial test pilots (as called for in the CCiCap options) years before NASA astronauts are allowed on board.

    - To downselect CCP early, so old NASA can more easily capture the one "winner" as their next massively overstaffed meal-ticket, and so there's less danger of any purely commercial rivals surviving to show up how badly old NASA capture then works.

    - In support of that same goal, to attempt to capture the commercial human spaceflight regulation job away from FAA AST. (We'd overlooked this one in our last Update, as being such a blatant conflict of interest with such huge scope for old NASA bureaucratic turf-defense mischief-making that nobody could possibly take it seriously. We've now been reminded that far too many don't yet understand this.)

    - To avoid any more conspicuous demonstrations that the new COTS/CCP approach is ten or more times cheaper than old NASA's traditional development process, by imposing as much of that process as possible (FARs-based contracts) as soon as possible.

    So, that's who we are unhappy with at NASA, and why. Anyone else hit with our overly broad brush last issue, no offense intended.

    http://www.space-access.org/updates/sau133.html
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    Baikonur: Decrepit and America’s Only Gateway to ISS

    The New York Times has a rather depressing story on the increasingly decrepit state of the Russian-run city of Baikonur, which supports the once-might cosmodrome where Yuri Gagarin roared off into space.

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    On a sultry desert evening, as bats fluttered about this town’s riverfront park, a man emerged from a reedy marsh carrying a bundle of grass tied with twine.

    Setting it down to brush himself off, he explained that he was keeping a calf in the courtyard of an apartment building across town, where he had settled in recently after the previous occupants, engineers with the Russian space program, moved out.

    Baikonur, in remote western Kazakhstan, was once the pride of the Soviet Union, the home of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the launching site of Sputnik, the dog Laika and the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. But today, nomadic herders from the nearby steppe are moving into abandoned buildings.

    That is just one of the signs of the city’s long fade into the sunset of post-Soviet social and economic problems, which are all the more remarkable given that much of the world, including the United States, still relies on Baikonur for manned space launchings. The only other site for such liftoffs is in Jiuquan, in the Gobi Desert in China…

    Along with the squatting herders, day laborers and market traders stroll the streets, with only the occasional aging Russian engineer visible.
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    Writer Andrew E. Kramer nailed it. Baikonur is emblematic of a space program still trying to recover from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago. With Russian focused on building the new Vostochny spaceport, conditions at Baikonur will likely continue to deteriorate.

    And yet, the entire future of America’s $100 billion investment in the International Space Station is dependent upon on a program with worn out physical facilities, poor quality control and an aging workforce with few replacement workers in sight.

    Meanwhile, Congress hates the commercial crew program so much that it under funds the effort year after year while extending our reliance on the Russians at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Congress needs to stop f***ing around. It needs to get serious about restoring our ability to launch astronauts into space. The stupidity of Congress’s approach to this issue defies belief.

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2013/06/...ss/#more-49018
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