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    Continued from previous post:

    Space Colonization TV – Human Colonization of Space – Introducing The Next Significant Step

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHMU9mEfB1c
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Racer View Post
    Look at the F-35, for example. At a cost of $110 million per plane and $42,000 per hour of flight, the plane is too expensive to operate and maintain. The best place for it is on the ground.
    Further, if an F-35 is seen in the sky, any F-15, F-16 or F-18 can shoot it out of sky (out dogfight it). Not so with an F-22, our prize jewel.

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    A Few Flashes from the Past:

    Afterburner with Bill Whittle: The Deal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXbdJ3kyVyU

    Dan Rasky: SpaceX's Rapid Prototyping Design Process
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMLDAgDNOhk

    NASA to unveil its heavy-lift rocket design
    September 14, 2011
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    Two stories, one from AP and the other from Florida Today, say that NASA will announce today the design of its heavy-lift rocket, mandated by Congress and estimated to cost around $35 billion. Here is NASA’s press release. To me, this is the key quote (from AP):

    NASA figures it will be building and launching about one rocket a year for about 15 years or more in the 2020s and 2030s, according to senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet made. The idea is to launch its first unmanned test flight in 2017 with the first crew flying in 2021 and astronauts heading to a nearby asteroid in 2025, the officials said. From there, NASA hopes to send the rocket and astronauts to Mars — at first just to circle, but then later landing on the Red Planet — in the 2030s.

    In other words, after spending $1.7 on the National Space Plane, $1.2 billion on the X-33, $1 billion on the X-34, $800 million on the Space Launch Initiative, and finally, almost $10 billion on Constellation, none of which ever flew, NASA is now going to spend another $35 billion on a new rocket that won’t fly for at least another decade.

    To be really blunt, this new rocket, like all its predecessors, will never fly either. It costs too much, will take too long to build, and will certainly be canceled by a future administration before it is finished. It is therefore a complete waste of money, and any Congress that approves it will demonstrate how utterly insincere they are about controlling spending.

    A clarification: Some of the $35 billion mentioned above has already been spent for the Orion capsule. This however still does not change any of my conclusions.

    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...rocket-design/


    November-December 2018

    Culberson's ouster could spell big problems for NASA's Orion program, experts say
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    NASA programs -- especially Orion, which is focused on putting humans back on the moon -- could be in trouble after U.S. Rep. John Culberson lost his House seat Tuesday night to Lizzie Pannill Fletcher.

    Culberson, a Republican from Texas, has led the House appropriations committee that funds NASA for the last four years. And he's been a stanch advocate of science and human spaceflight over his nearly two decades in office, said Keith Cowing, editor of NASA Watch, a website devoted to space news.

    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/new...r-13371064.php


    Democratic control of House threatens Space Force and SLS
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...force-and-sls/


    NASA ‘will eventually retire’ its new mega-rocket if SpaceX, Blue Origin can safely launch their own powerful rockets
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    NASA is building a giant rocket ship to return astronauts to the moon and, later on, ferry the first crews to and from Mars.

    But agency leaders are already contemplating the retirement of the Space Launch System (SLS), as the towering and yet-to-fly government rocket is called, and the Orion space capsule that’ll ride on top.

    NASA is anticipating the emergence of two reusable and presumably more affordable mega-rockets that private aerospace companies are creating. Those systems are the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is being built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX; and the New Glenn, a launcher being built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

    Read the rest:
    https://www.businessinsider.sg/nasa-...glenn-2018-11/

    NASA suggests retirement of SLS when BFR and New Glenn fly
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...new-glenn-fly/


    NASA to launch safety review of SpaceX and Boeing after video of Elon Musk smoking pot rankled agency leaders
    "We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe.”
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    NASA has ordered a safety review of the two companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, a months-long assessment that would involve hundreds of interviews designed to evaluate the culture of the workplaces, the agency said.

    The review, to begin next year, would look at both Boeing and SpaceX, the companies under contract to fly NASA’s astronauts, and examine “everything and anything that could impact safety” as the companies prepare to fly humans for the first time, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

    The review was prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, according to three officials with knowledge of the probe, after he took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet. That rankled some at NASA’s highest levels and prompted the agency to take a close look at the culture of the companies, the people said.

    NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs declined to comment on what prompted the review. But in a statement, he said it would “ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment.”

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an interview that the agency wants to make sure the public has confidence in its human-spaceflight program, especially as the companies are getting closer to their first flights, scheduled for next year.

    “If I see something that’s inappropriate, the key concern to me is what is the culture that led to that inappropriateness and is NASA involved in that,” he said. “As an agency we’re not just leading ourselves, but our contractors, as well. We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe.”

    Read the rest:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...gency-leaders/

    ^This is an example of how one person (in a position of responsibility) seeing another person (in a position of responsibility) take one hit off a blunt can have a ripple effect on the lives of thousands of others.

    NASA opens safety review of Boeing and SpaceX
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...ng-and-spacex/

    NASA’s warped measure of safety
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...ure-of-safety/


    What is Crony Capitalism?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DxXHh-p-O4
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    Change your vacuum pump oil now.

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    January-February 2019

    SpaceX builds the Starship as fast as "When Worlds Collide" built the escape ship.
    https://audioboom.com/posts/7145953-...-bob-zimmerman


    Democratic House threatens Webb cancellation
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    The House, now controlled by the Democratic Party, has threatened cancellation of the James Webb Space Telescope should that project, already overbudget by $8 billion and 9 years behind schedule, fail to meet its present budget limits.

    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...-cancellation/


    French auditor says Ariane 6 rocket too conventional to compete with SpaceX
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    France's independent state auditor, the Cour des comptes, has raised concerns about the viability of Europe's new rocket, the Ariane 6 launcher. In its 2019 annual report, the auditor said the France-based launch company Arianespace is also being too cautious as it grapples with competitors like the US-based SpaceX.

    "In 2017, Arianespace lost global leadership in the commercial market to the American company SpaceX," the report finds. "This competitor's business model is based on the breakthrough model of reusable rockets."

    The report discusses the potential for further losses of market share and revenues against the rise of competition from SpaceX....

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...e-with-spacex/


    Europe’s Next-Generation Rocket Is Doomed Even Before First Flight, Auditor Finds
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    French satellite operator Arianespace has little hope of keeping up with competitors such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

    This is the scathing assessment of France’s independent state auditor in a report that picked apart the flawed economic model behind Ariane 6, the next generation of rocket-launchers set to start operating in 2020.

    It made the point that Europeans, who have taken part in developing the launcher, went for a “cautious” approach and invested in the kind of controlled technology that potential clients in the continent had no faith in, even back in 2014. This means that Ariane 6 is stuck in the past and “risks not being competitive over the long term.” Its U.S. rivals are way ahead and already testing future disruptive technologies.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...seen-as-doomed


    Auditor condemns Ariane 6
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...emns-ariane-6/


    NASA “still working toward” 2020 launch of massive SLS rocket
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    NASA has continued to make progress with the development of its large Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as work continued on its critical core stage throughout the partial government shutdown, and the agency is nearing critical hardware tests. However, it now seems all but certain that NASA will miss its latest launch date for the first flight of the rocket, June 2020.

    Multiple sources have told Ars that while NASA is still targeting sometime later in 2020 for a test launch of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft, known as Exploration Mission-1, this flight is likely to slip into 2021.

    This week, in response to a query about potential delays, a spokeswoman for the agency's exploration program, Kathryn Hambleton, said the agency is not ready to discuss a new schedule yet. "NASA is still assessing impacts as a result of the shutdown, but we are still working toward a launch in 2020," she told Ars.

    Hardware moving

    The core stage of the rocket, consisting of a large, liquid hydrogen fuel tank, a smaller but still considerable liquid oxygen tank, and four main engines, is coming together. In January, the agency installed the large liquid hydrogen tank onto a test stand at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama for a "structural test." This tank, identical to one that will be used during a mission, will be subjected to the same stresses and loads it will endure during liftoff and flight.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...ve-sls-rocket/


    First SLS launch faces more delays
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...s-more-delays/

    AEROSPACE SAFETYADVISORY PANEL
    Annual Report for 2018
    https://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/asap/docume...ort-TAGGED.pdf

    NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2018 Annual Report
    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/n...-annual-report

    NASA’s political and corrupt safety panel
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...-safety-panel/
    Vacuum Technology:
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    Change your vacuum pump oil now.

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    February 2019

    US to Extend Use of Russia's Soyuz for ISS Missions Until April 2020 - Source
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    The United States will extend the use of Russian Soyuz spacecraft to bring NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and ensure their return to Earth until April 2020, a Russian space industry source told Sputnik.

    https://sputniknews.com/science/2019...ons-extension/

    NASA extends Soyuz contract to maintain ISS presence through 2020
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...-through-2020/


    Roscosmos signs new contract on flight of two space tourists to ISS
    The flight to the station will take place until the end of 2021
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    Russia’s Roscosmos and US company Space Adventures have signed a new contract on the flight of two space tourists to the International Space Station until late 2021 onboard one spacecraft, the state corporation told TASS on Tuesday.

    https://tass.com/science/1045321

    Russia signs contract for two more tourists to ISS
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...urists-to-iss/


    The Tragic Tale Of How NASA's X-34 Space Planes Ended Up Rotting In Someone's Backyard
    The craft were once seen as the future of cheaper, faster space access. Since then they have been reduced to backyard junk that nobody wants to claim.
    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...eones-backyard

    How NASA’s X-34 ended up rotting in someone’s backyard
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...ones-backyard/


    Even as NASA announces schedule for SpaceX Dragon test flight, anti-American forces at NASA work to block that flight
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...k-that-flight/


    Europe unveils design of reusable rocket that looks a lot like a Falcon 9
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    Late last week, the European rocket maker Ariane Group and the French space agency CNES announced the creation of an "acceleration platform" to speed development of future launch vehicles. The initiative, called ArianeWorks, would be a place where "teams work together in a highly flexible environment, open to new players and internationally."

    "In this era of NewSpace and in the context of fierce competition, ArianeWorks will accelerate innovation at grassroots level, in favor of mid-tier firms and start-ups, with commitment to reducing costs a major priority," a news release sent to Ars states.

    As part of the announcement, the organizations released a promotional video for the group's first step—a so-called Themis demonstrator. The goal of this project is to build a multiple-engine first-stage rocket that launches vertically and lands near the launch site. The rocket will be powered by Europe's Prometheus engine, a reusable liquid oxygen and methane engine that may cost as little as $1 million to build.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...ke-a-falcon-9/


    Europe to build reusable first stage
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...e-first-stage/
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    March 2019

    NASA Reassessing EM-1 Launch Date
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    NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Director Jody Singer said today that the agency is reassessing the 2020 launch readiness date for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first launch of Space Launch System (SLS) with an uncrewed Orion capsule. SLS was an excepted activity during the 35-day partial government shutdown so work did not stop and significant progress is being made, but NASA wants to ensure the system is ready before attempting the first launch.

    https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/n...1-launch-date/

    NASA reassessing SLS first launch date
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...t-launch-date/


    NASA to replace Europa Clipper instrument
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    NASA has removed an instrument previously selected for the Europa Clipper mission, citing cost growth, but will seek ways to replace it with a less complex design.

    In a March 5 statement, NASA said that it would no longer pursue development of the Interior Characterization of Europa Using Magnetometry (ICEMAG) instrument, a magnetometer designed to measure the magnetic field around the icy moon of Jupiter. ICEMAG was one of nine instruments originally selected by NASA in 2015 for development for the Europa Clipper mission.

    NASA said that the increasing cost of ICEMAG, still in its preliminary design phase, led to its removal from the mission. “I believe this decision was necessary as a result of continued, significant cost growth and remaining high cost risk for this investigation,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said in a memo.

    https://spacenews.com/nasa-to-replac...er-instrument/

    NASA cancels overbudget instrument for Europa clipper
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...uropa-clipper/

    ^Big difference in cost decisions between manned space program and unmanned space program.


    SpaceX, ULA win military contracts, Air Force renames EELV program
    [In light of rocket development moving toward reusability, EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) program is now NSSL (National Security Space Launch) program.]
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    United Launch Alliance and SpaceX recently won contracts worth $739 million to send six missions into orbit for the U.S. military, and the Air Force has announced a new title for its flagship launcher program, dropping “expendable” from the name in a new era of reusable rockets.

    The contracts announced in February by the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center were split between ULA and SpaceX, rivals in the U.S. launch industry. ULA won deals for up to three launches worth $441.76 million, and the Air Force awarded SpaceX contracts worth $297 million, also for three missions.

    Air Force and ULA officials confirmed to Spaceflight Now this week the configurations of the rockets assigned to the six military space missions.

    The Air Force’s fifth Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, satellite will launch around March 2021 on an Atlas 5....

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/03/0...-eelv-program/


    Facing more delays, NASA opens door to launching lunar mission with commercial rockets
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    In a major shift, NASA is considering using two commercial launchers to send an unpiloted Orion crew capsule and its European-built service module on a test flight around the moon next year, maintaining the lunar test flight’s schedule despite fresh delays in the development of the multibillion-dollar Space Launch System that jeopardize the heavy-lifter’s 2020 inaugural flight, the agency’s administrator said in a congressional hearing Wednesday.

    The lunar test flight, known as Exploration Mission-1, is a precursor to NASA’s plans to fly astronauts on the Orion spacecraft, build an outpost in lunar orbit, and eventually return humans to the moon’s surface. But Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1, has faced repeated delays as engineers build and test the Orion capsule and the Space Launch System, the heavy-lift rocket originally designed to loft Orion spaceships and astronauts into deep space for the first time since the last Apollo moon mission in 1972.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/03/1...rcial-rockets/

    NASA considering replacing SLS with commercial rockets for first Orion test mission
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...-test-mission/
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    A Message to the Workforce on SLS and Orion
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    On March 14, 2019, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sent this message to NASA employees and contractors:

    Yesterday, I was asked by Congress about the schedule slip of the Space Launch System and plans to get NASA back on track. I mentioned that we are exploring the possibility of launching Orion and the European Service Module to low-Earth orbit on an existing heavy-lift rocket, then using a boost from another existing vehicle for Trans Lunar Injection. Our goal would be to test Orion in lunar orbit in 2020 and free up the first SLS for the launch of habitation or other hardware in 2021. This would get us back on schedule for a crewed lunar orbital mission in 2022 with the added bonus of a lunar destination for our astronauts.

    We are studying this approach to accelerate our lunar efforts. The review will take no longer than two weeks and the results will be made available. Please know that NASA is committed to building and flying the SLS for the following reasons:

    1. Launching two heavy-lift rockets to get Orion to the Moon is not optimum or sustainable.
    2. Docking crewed vehicles in Earth orbit to get to the Moon adds complexity and risk that is undesirable.
    3. SLS mitigates these challenges and allows crew and payloads to get to the Moon, and eventually to Mars, safer and more efficiently than any temporary solution used to get back on track.

    I believe in the strength of our workforce and our ability to utilize every tool available to achieve our objectives. Our goal is to get to the Moon sustainably and on to Mars. With your focused efforts, and unmatched talent, the possibility of achieving this objective is real.

    Ad astra,

    Jim Bridenstine

    https://blogs.nasa.gov/bridenstine/2...sls-and-orion/


    Can Orion Fly Around The Moon Without SLS?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Y-gzbafjM


    Industry and lawmakers go to defense of SLS
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    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s surprise announcement March 13 that NASA is considering moving Exploration Mission 1 off of the Space Launch System took many in the industry by surprise, but some have reacted by defending the use of the SLS.

    https://spacenews.com/industry-and-l...efense-of-sls/


    SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better
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    A dramatic week in space launcher politics has left NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) with a vastly reduced launch manifesto and casts doubt on the prospects of future upgrades to the massive launch vehicle.

    https://www.universetoday.com/141779...-to-do-better/


    The Washington Empire strikes back!
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    In response to the revelation earlier this week by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine that the agency is considering replacing SLS with commercial rockets for Orion’s first unmanned lunar test mission in June 2020, the swamp in Washington quickly rallied to SLS’s defense.

    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...-strikes-back/


    Administration proposes the end of EUS while Administrator considers full Exploration manifest rewrite
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    Alongside last week’s Trump Administration budget proposal to cancel future Space Launch System (SLS) upgrades, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced additional changes are being considered which would overhaul the early manifest of Exploration flights. The Administration’s new budget proposes defunding the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) and related projects beginning with Fiscal Year 2020 that starts on October 1.

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019...ifest-rewrite/
    Vacuum Technology:
    CRUD = Contamination Resulting in Undesirable Deposits.
    CRAPP = Contamination Resulting in Additional Partial Pressure.

    Change your vacuum pump oil now.

    Test. Testing, 1,2,3.

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    What about recent developments with Space X launching of CrewDragon and Boeings Starliner? The docking adapters are already installed on the station. This will help to commercialize the process as both Space X and Northrup Grumman are already running resupply missions. I think the Soyuz dependency is coming to a close.
    And meanwhile, 5 bill to launch 1 SLS. (final estimates) https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...le-sls-launch/ gotta make the legislators squeamish, taking away the $$$ we are giving to the Saudi kings and supporting world terrorism w military aid in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel at 11.5 B (2017).
    Better return on the space investment.


    Post Edit - Sorry, I mistakenly was replying to SpaceRacers post on 6/19/2013 Hahaha. That's a while back

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    ANYWAY, Looks like soon, BANG, ZOOM, and up to the moon ! https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/index.html

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