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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Bezos, rocket complete historic spaceflight

Posted by M. C. on July 21, 2021

Elon Musk made it possible to get to the ISS without Russia’s help after 20 years. Bezos is commercializing space flight.

NASA spends it’s research on finding water on asteroids so it can justify more money to look for water.

Bad, bad billionaires.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=43a11a53a_1345e45

Billionaire’s firm selling seats on future missions

John Bacon and Emre Kelly

USA TODAY

VAN HORN, Texas – Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket crew realized dreams and made history Tuesday, blasting off from the West Texas desert, reaching space and returning to Earth with a smooth parachute landing minutes later.

“Happy, happy, happy!” Jeff Bezos said from space. “You have a very happy crew up here!”

The New Shepard provided large windows to enjoy the view, and the crew was also treated to three or four minutes of weightlessness. The booster rocket touched down smoothly, a vertical landing about seven minutes after liftoff. The capsule containing the astronauts landed with parachutes and a “cushion of air” created by retrorockets just over 10 minutes after liftoff.

“Best day ever,” Jeff Bezos said after touchdown, greeted by a sea of cheering Blue Origin employees and others at the company’s campus.

Also on board were his brother Mark, longtime women-in-space advocate Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk, and Oliver Daemen, the de facto winner of an auction for the capsule’s fourth seat. Funk, 82, is now the oldest person ever in space. Daemen, 18, is the youngest. The exultant travelers climbed out of the capsule to hugs from family and friends.

“Congratulations to all of Team Blue past and present on reaching this historic moment in spaceflight history,” Blue Origin tweeted. “This first astronaut crew wrote themselves into the history books of space, opening the door through which many after will pass.”

Tuesday’s flight marked the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Bezos launched not only a much quicker trip to space, but also what the world’s richest man hopes will be a lucrative business. Blue Origin employs thousands across several states and campuses. Competitor Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has more than 800 employees. A ticket to space can cost $200,000 or more.

Bezos said Blue Origin plans two more flights this year alone, and that sales of private seats on his flights are already approaching $100 million.

Branson and his crew hurtled historically to the edge of space last week. Bezos and his team say they breached it.

It’s the 16th flight for New Shepard but the first to include people. Bezos and Blue Origin have been somewhat dismissive of Branson’s flight nine days ago, saying Virgin Galactic’s top altitude of 53.5 miles came up short of reaching true space.

NASA, the Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration and some astrophysicists consider the boundary between the atmosphere and space to begin 50 miles up. Thus passengers on Virgin Galactic tourist trips, which can reach a maximum altitude of about 55 miles, will earn astronaut wings.

New Shepard flew about 66 miles up. That’s past the so-called Karman line, 62 miles above Earth, recognized by most international aviation and aerospace federations as the threshold of space.

New Shepard, a fully automated, 60-foot rocket and capsule, is designed primarily for space tourism thanks to automated flight systems, large windows and a modern interior. After liftoff, the booster returns to the facility for a vertical landing while the capsule briefly floats in space, then touches down near the launch site with the help of parachutes.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule parachutes safely down to the launch area Tuesday near Van Horn, Texas. TONY GUTIERREZ/AP

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Asteroid predicted to pass close to Earth the day before the presidential election

Posted by M. C. on August 24, 2020

Although this particular rock poses little threat, maybe our NASA money might be better spent developing a way to locate and take out space rocks and assorted junk that threatens the blue planet.

Back in 1977 we stupidly sent a road map into space telling whomever finds it who, what and where we are. Voyager 1 I believe.

I say if we go to Mars we should launch the CIA out there with a pile of sting ray equipped cell towers to look for aliens. It would keep them busy and maybe, possibly keep us safe.

With my luck they would end up starting war with Uranus and Jupiter.

Seriously, we ought to be able to take out a big rock in space as well as keep an eye peeled for invaders.

The CDC and NIH had people at the epicenter of the Wuhan China pandemic but missed it. Maybe I am asking too much.

https://www.whio.com/news/trending/asteroid-predicted-pass-close-earth-day-before-presidential-election/7NTEFU5YVVGFXMGT3ADBXNZ7BQ/

 

An asteroid discovered in 2018 will fly very close to Earth on Nov. 2 according to The Center for Near Earth Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Astronomers spotted the object from Palomar Observatory in San Diego County in 2018 followed by a 13 day observation arc and has not been detected since.

Asteroid 2018VP1 is currently projected to come close to Earth sometime during the day before the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 3, according to NASA.

The asteroid will likely come as close to between 4,700 miles and 260,000 miles of Earth, according to Forbes.

The good news is there is only a 1 in 240 (0.41%) chance of the asteroid entering earth’s atmosphere and because the asteroid is only around 7 feet in diameter, if it does manage to enter the Earth’s atmosphere, it would appear as an extremely bright meteor and break up into tiny pieces.

The logarithmic scale used by astronomers to rate the potential hazard of impact of an asteroid rates 2018VP1 a -3.57

 
Actual scale values less than -2 reflect events for which there are no likely consequences, while Palermo Scale values between -2 and 0 indicate situations that merit careful monitoring.
NASA’s JPL – Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale

For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a 2019 study in the journal Science.

Asteroids still only hit Earth on average every million or few million years, even with the increased crash rate. NASA’s list of potential big space rock crashes shows no pending major threats.

The biggest known risk is a 4,200-foot wide asteroid with a 99.988% chance that it will miss Earth when it flies very near here in 861 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-SpaceX’s success is one giant leap for capitalism

Posted by M. C. on June 6, 2020

Private-sector innovation is opening the door to a new era of space exploration. Wouldn’t it be ironic if, just as capitalism is allowing us to explore the farthest reaches of our solar system, Americans decided to embrace socialism back here on Earth?
http://tinyurl.com/yaae68gx

It was one small step for man, one giant leap for capitalism.

Only three countries have ever launched human beings into orbit. This past weekend, SpaceX became the first private company ever to do so, when it sent its Crew Dragon capsule into space aboard its Falcon 9 rocket and docked with the International Space Station. This was accomplished by a company Elon Musk started in 2002 in a California strip mall warehouse with just a dozen employees and a mariachi band.

At a time when our nation is debating the merits of socialism, SpaceX has given us an incredible testament to the power of American free enterprise.

While the left is advocating unprecedented government intervention in almost every sector of the U.S. economy, from health care to energy, today Americans are celebrating the successful privatization of space travel.

If you want to see the difference between what government and private enterprise can do, consider: It took a private company to give us the first space vehicle with touchscreen controls instead of antiquated knobs and buttons. It took a private company to give us a capsule that can fly entirely autonomously from launch to landing — including docking — without any participation by its human crew. It also took a private company to invent a reusable rocket that can not only take off but land as well. When the Apollo 11 crew reached the moon on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong declared “the Eagle has landed.” On Saturday, SpaceX was able to declare that the Falcon had landed when its rocket settled down on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean — ready to be used again.

That last development will save the taxpayers incredible amounts of money. The cost to NASA for launching a man into space on the space shuttle orbiter was $170 million per seat, compared with just $60 million to $67 million on the Dragon capsule. The cost for the space shuttle to send a kilogram of cargo into space was $54,500; with the Falcon rocket, the cost is just $2,720 — a decrease of 95%. And while the space shuttle cost $27.4 billion to develop, the Crew Dragon was designed and built for just $1.7 billion — making it the lowest-cost spacecraft developed in six decades. SpaceX did it in six years — far faster than the time it took to develop the space shuttle.

The private sector does it better, cheaper, faster and more efficiently than government. Why? Competition. Today, SpaceX has to compete with a constellation of private companies — including legacy aerospace firms such as Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance and innovative startups such as Blue Origin (which is designing a Mars lander and whose owner, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post) and Virgin Orbit (which is developing rockets than can launch satellites into space from the underside of a 747, avoiding the kinds of weather that delayed the Dragon launch). In the race to put the first privately launched man into orbit, upstart SpaceX had to beat aerospace behemoth Boeing and its Starliner capsule to the punch. It did so — for more than $1 billion less than its competitor.

That spirit of competition and innovation will revolutionize space travel in the years ahead. Indeed, Musk has his sights set far beyond Earth orbit.

Already, SpaceX is working on a much larger version of the Falcon 9 reusable rocket called Super Heavy that will carry a deepspace capsule named Starship capable of carrying up to 100 people to the moon and eventually to Mars. Musk’s goal — the reason he founded SpaceX — is to colonize Mars and make humanity a multiplanetary species. He has set a goal of founding a millionperson city on Mars by 2050 complete with iron foundries and pizza joints.

Can it be done? Who knows. But this much is certain: Private-sector innovation is opening the door to a new era of space exploration. Wouldn’t it be ironic if, just as capitalism is allowing us to explore the farthest reaches of our solar system, Americans decided to embrace socialism back here on Earth?

Marc A. Thiessen is a Washington Post columnist. Contact him on Twitter, @marcthiessen.

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Live coverage: NASA, SpaceX call off crew launch due to bad weather

Posted by M. C. on May 28, 2020

I feel that much of the NASA budget would be better spent elsewhere but…I am anxious to see US back in control of our astronaut’s destiny.

Elon Musk (and much taxpayer money I am sure) has brought the space program back to life when NASA/government has failed.

I am looking to forward to Saturday and the launch.

Check out the control panel, seats and space suits. Star Trek!

 

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/05/27/falcon-9-crew-dragon-demo-2-mission-status-center/

 

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Lost In Space – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 14, 2020

After more than decade in ‘aerospace’ the only thing I found what the term ‘classified’ meant is to hide the real cost from the taxpayer.
In 1995 I had a tour of the Lockheed factory where the F-22 was being
built. I joked to the engineer that ‘milling it out of gold bricks could
not have been more expensive’. His response was immediate: “No, that
would be much cheaper.”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/george-giles/lost-in-space-2/

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been a non-stop hype machine since its earliest days. When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957 American leaders panicked. If the Commies could launch a beeper the size of a basketball into orbit then thermonuclear weapons the size of a greyhound bus to the U.S. mainland could not be far behind. It seemed that American rockets of the day exploded upon launch or shortly thereafter. A “missile gap” was created overnight wherein the Soviets were vastly ahead of the United States and our annihilation would soon follow. NASA was created to address this issue and suck money from taxpayers exhausted by two decades of war and unwilling to give more money to the War Department, the Defense Department’s honest name. Sixty years later encouraged by President Trump and the silly notion of national prestige there is serious talk on all the obedient media outlets, and the massive funding needed, so we can return to the moon, go to Mars and I guess run around festering in space with silly notions of evening news mentality of democracy. The lie that created NASA continues to this day and it is looking to get a lot more expensive for absolutely no benefit of mankind.

I spent several years working for a NASA prime contractor on the Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) including a year at Cape Canaveral – Kennedy Space Center. Years earlier I had worked as a contractor on the Trident D-5 missile. I spent the better part of a decade as a Lead Engineer and Program Manager in the aerospace/defense sector so I have some level of experience in these things. As was my habit I went to the library studied as much as I could on space technology as soon as I got the job. I found it fascinating as it was the reification of my childhood dream of being an ‘astronaut’. So in a sense I am a rocket scientist, NASA spent millions on my ideas, but all I learned was sad, evil and depressing.

The ‘Camelot’ Administration of JFK could not announce a vast new multi-billion dollar program to build a fleet of rockets designed specifically to put a thermonuclear weapon the size of a small automobile in downtown Moscow (we were always ahead in miniaturizing these weapons of mass destruction, now one fits in a suitcase and is more powerful than the one that levelled Hiroshima) with the cross hairs of the target certainly being Red Square and the Kremlin itself. Instead NASA would put a man on the moon by 1969 when it was announced in 1961. The massive Saturn V could put 300,000 pounds of payload into a Low Earth Orbit which is more than necessary to put payload anywhere on the Earth. The world watched breathlessly as NASA astronauts walked on the moon. The miracle was that they all got back alive because there were so many single points of failure on the Lunar Lander that the just pushed buttons and held their breath. I won’t waste space listing them all but you can probably imagine: ‘start the engine, go engine, click, silence, go engine click silence. Houston we have a BIG problem’.

Along the way NASA designed and built the Redstone, Atlas and Delta rockets all very capable of delivering nuclear warheads. The transfer of the necessary technologies of propulsion, guidance, payload and re-entry to the military were not advertised, deemed national secrets and highly classified. After more than decade in ‘aerospace’ the only thing I found what the term ‘classified’ meant is to hide the real cost from the taxpayer. In 1995 I had a tour of the Lockheed factory where the F-22 was being built. I joked to the engineer that ‘milling it out of gold bricks could not have been more expensive’. His response was immediate: “No, that would be much cheaper.”

The Space Shuttle program was a disaster as it failed to reach any of the initial stated goals during its operational lifetime, so over the years NASA just changed the goals and then just stopped talking about them altogether. Two of the shuttles disintegrated spectacularly killing all the astronauts on-board.  I knew a Space Shuttle Main Engine Reliability Engineer who assured me that the whole thing was safe failure would be in the parts per million. Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman who found why the first shuttle exploded said his calculation was about 1 in a 100 would fail catastrophically. The real number was very close 2 in 255. I go with Feynman.

The original design of the ‘Space Station’, that I read design documents for was incredibly complicated and it called for almost 20,000 hours of ‘space walking’ for assembly at a time when the total accumulated to date by NASA was 200 hours. Space suits cost more than $1 million apiece and they leak but slow enough so the work can get done before they get back in the nice cozy Space RV. Astronauts working on satellites in the weightless vacuum of space found even the simplest manual tasks to be daunting. Newton’s third law action produces reaction in the opposite direction so turning a wrench on a bolt turned the astronaut! This will not work, so like typical bureaucrats they stopped talking about it, and came up with an old design, then pawned it off as new. Skylab was an empty upper stage of a multi-stage liquid fueled rocket. It made for a ‘space fort’. The current International Space Station is just a bunch of these tubes stuck together. This does not look at all like they giant rotating wheels producing artificial gravity that we have all seen in science fiction movies of the last 70 years. If we spent the entire gross domestic product of the entire world for a decade we could not build one of those. Physics says no, again I have to quote Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman ‘nature cannot be fooled’, even if a gullible Congress can. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rutan Rules – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on February 7, 2020

Sometime during the late 1990s I saw a presentation by the entrepreneur and aircraft designer Burt Rutan. My brother is a pilot and confirms that he is a legend in aviation circles. Rutan is most famous to the general public for the design of the Voyager, which in 1986 was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling…

Perhaps Mr. Cowen can explain why we have to rely on Russia to ferry US astronauts back and forth to the ISS.

Dick Rutan, Burt’s brother, piloted the voyager. I listened to his biography on NPR many years ago. He spoke of another government agency and how they ran the airwar in Vietnam.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/02/ira-katz/rutan-rules/

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The recent article by Joseph Salerno on the “libertarian” academic star Tyler Cowen, and especially Peter Klein’s comments regarding Cowen’s opinion of NASA, have awakened in me recollections on Cowen and NASA that I will explain below.

It was almost 30 years ago that I met Tyler Cowen at the 1990 General Meeting of The Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) held in Munich. The MPS was founded by Friederich Hayek after WWII to bring together those intellectuals who still believed in free societies as the rest of the world followed a socialist path. Robert Higgs wrote about the founding, history, and influence of the MPS here.  You can see Cowen on the list of participants, that I highlighted as I met people there. This was my first and only economic/social science meeting I ever attended and my first visit to Europe.



What I vaguely remember was an enjoyable conversation with a very bright and very nice person. I should add that everyone I met there was very bright and very nice to me.  I don’t recall how he looked, and his appearance now does not seem at all like the person I had talked to. This lack of impact on me is not because of Cowen, but totally due to my poor memory and perhaps the related effects of jet lag and open bars at the MPS events.

In the years following the meeting I did follow some of the intellectuals I had met there (I shook hands with Milton Friedman) including one couple who became close friends. But as for Cowen, I don’t remember much. Perhaps only an article by David Gordon in 2013 that gave this background on Cowen’s career in his description of Walter Grinder, who was working from the Koch-dominated Institute for Humane Studies, to promote a “Rothbardianism with manners.”

His new policy took over an idea from Friedrich Hayek’s famous essay, “The Intellectuals and Socialism,” though I doubt that Hayek would have endorsed the IHS application of his ideas. Hayek stressed that new social movements first gain adherents among top-ranking theorists. The majority of intellectuals, the “second-hand dealers in ideas,” then popularize and simplify what they have learned from these thinkers, passing the product on to the general public. Grinder and others in leadership posts at IHS concluded that they should concentrate on elite universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton in the United States, and Oxford and Cambridge in England. If students could be recruited from these universities or, if already sympathetic, admitted to their programs, success was at hand.

Grinder placed particular emphasis on Tyler Cowen, a brilliant student who had been interested in Austrian economics since his high school days. Cowen enrolled in an Austrian economics program at Rutgers, where he impressed both Joe Salerno and Richard Fink with his extraordinary erudition. When Fink moved to George Mason University, Cowen moved with him; and he completed his undergraduate degree there in 1983. Grinder considered him the next Hayek, the hope of Austrian economics.

In accord with the elite universities policy, Cowen went to Harvard for his graduate degree. There he came under the influence of Thomas Schelling and gave up his belief in Austrian economics.

After he finished his PhD in 1987, Cowen was for a time a professor at the University of California at Irvine, and he used to visit me sometimes in Los Angeles. I was impressed with his remarkable intelligence and enjoyed talking with him. But I remember how surprised I was one day when he told me that he did not regard Ludwig von Mises very highly. Here he fitted in all-too-well with another policy of Richard Fink and the Kochtopus leadership. They regarded Mises as a controversial figure: his “extremism” would interfere with the mission of arousing mainstream interest in the Austrian School. Accordingly, Hayek should be stressed and Mises downplayed. (After the collapse of the Soviet Union, which led to new interest in Mises’s socialist calculation argument, this policy changed. The mainstream, though of course continuing to reject Mises, now recognized him as a great economist.) The policy was strategic, but Cowen went further — he really didn’t rate Mises highly.

Cowen eventually returned to George Mason University as a Professor of Economics. He is said to be the dominant figure in the department. Because of his close friendship with Richard Fink, who left academic work to become a major executive with Koch Industries and the principal disburser of Koch Foundation funding, Cowen exerts a major influence on grants to his department.

In his article, Klein related a conversation he had had with Cowen about NASA.

This is actually Cowen’s long-held view. You may remember his 2014 article “The Lack of  Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth,” which echoed the Mariana Mazzucato position that government spending is the main source of technological progress. I remember a friendly argument with Cowen some twenty years ago about NASA, which he insisted was an example of benevolent government intervention. I brought up the standard counter arguments—theoretical (how do you measure benefits and costs, including opportunity costs?), empirical (lots of case study evidence suggesting widespread waste, fraud, and long-term negative effects on the direction of science and technology), and deontological (is it okay to coerce people to support transfer payments that they see as against their self interest?). He wasn’t buying it. Space exploration is just so cool that the usual arguments don’t apply.

I recently listened to Cowen do an interview with Eric Weinstein on his Portal podcast.

Cowen has a very irritable monotone voice, almost as if it was computer generated.  I couldn’t take all 138 minutes but I did catch his pleading against conspiracies in general and the Epstein case in particular (about 33) that substantiate Klein’s description of his debate style of responding to a plethora of evidence simply by not buying it.

Sometime during the late 1990s I saw a presentation by the entrepreneur and aircraft designer Burt Rutan. My brother is a pilot and confirms that he is a legend in aviation circles. Rutan is most famous to the general public for the design of the Voyager, which in 1986 was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling and his suborbital spaceplane design, SpaceShipOne, that won the Ansari X-Prize for the first private organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. If there were ever a film biography of Rutan, John Wayne would have been perfect to portray this larger than life figure. In the presentation I saw he provided great experiential evidence that eviscerated the role of NASA in the development of space flight, or rather the nondevelopment, from a quasi-libertarian standpoint. He compared the explosion of innovation in the early development of airplanes compared to the languid retrograde motion of space travel. Afterall, the boys from the bike shop beat the government sponsored project in the beginning. Now there is a lively competition in the development of suborbital space tourism. I could not find an equivalent of the presentation I saw on the internet but I did find this 2012 presentation that gives a sense of, but is not so pointed or complete, as the one I witnessed.

Maybe if Cowen watched Rutan he might alter his position on NASA, but I doubt it.

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NASA confirms: Sea levels have been FALLING across the planet for two years … media SILENT – NaturalNews.com

Posted by M. C. on June 2, 2019

https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-07-26-nasa-confirms-sea-levels-have-been-falling-across-the-planet-for-two-years-media-silent.html

NASA confirms: Sea levels have been FALLING across the planet for two years … media SILENT

Image: NASA confirms: Sea levels have been FALLING across the planet for two years … media SILENT

(Natural News) As the global warming narrative unravels under revelations of scientific fraud, data alteration and faked “hockey stick” data models, the fake news media remains suspiciously silent over the fact that NASA now confirms ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years.

On a NASA page intended to spread climate alarmism (https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/), NASA’s own data reveal that world-wide ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years, dropping from a variation of roughly 87.5mm to below 85mm.

These data, of course, clearly contradict the false narrative of rapid, never-ending rising ocean levels that flood continents and drown cities — a key element of the climate change “boogeyman” fiction that’s used to scare gullible youth into making Al Gore rich.

Check out the sea level chart for yourself, showing the downward trend across 2016 – 2017:

Even in the worst case, sea levels will only rise about a foot in a century

Global warming alarmists might say this is only a “pause” in the rising ocean levels, and that the long-term trend is clearly in the direction of rising oceans. However, these people wildly exaggerate the degree of ocean level increases to the point of absurdity.

If you zoom out on the NASA chart, you’ll see a long-term trend of sea levels rising 3.4mm per year on average, according to NASA’s own analysis. This means that over an entire century, the oceans would rise 340mm, or 13.4 inches … a little over a foot…

Now, Al Gore says he needs just $15 trillion (yes, trillion) to fight global warming and save humanity from rising ocean levels. Yet NASA tells us that oceans are only rising at 3.4mm per year, or about a foot per century.

This means that a hundred years from now, the beaches in Florida will have about one foot deeper water on them. That’s hardly a global crisis that threatens human civilization. Cities won’t drown. Billions of humans won’t be displaced. The entire narrative is a total fraud (and NASA’s own data confirm that).

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ONE GIANT LEAK Secret Nasa plans for lunar base and 37 rocket launches to the Moon leaked

Posted by M. C. on May 21, 2019

Why?  I don’t think the government wants to build a theme park.

Secret, secret, secret. That means military and spying on people.

The Chinese have been moon-talking. The warparty is getting itchy.

Added bonus. NASA engineers and contractors don’t have to be so worried about finding water on far off worlds/finding space life to justify their jobs.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9119244/secret-nasa-plan-moon-outpost-rocket-launches/

NASA’S official plans to build a permanent base on the Moon have leaked online, revealing how and when astronauts will return to the rocky world for the first time in 50 years.

Internal documents show Nasa wants to launch 37 rockets to the Moon within the next decade, with at least five of these carrying astronauts…

The decade-long program culminates with a permanent lunar base, which Nasa wants to start building in 2028.

The plans began circulating among Nasa staff last week, according to Arstechnica’s Eric Berger…

“In the nearly two months since Pence directed Nasa to return to the Moon by 2024, space agency engineers have been working to put together a plan that leverages existing technology, large projects nearing completion, and commercial rockets to bring this about,” Berger wrote.

“Last week, an updated plan that demonstrated a human landing in 2024, annual sorties to the lunar surface thereafter, and the beginning of a Moon base by 2028, began circulating within the agency.”

Berger did not say how he obtained the plans, which have not yet been made public.

They do appear to line up with previous statements from Nasa about its lunar program, codenamed Artemis.

As with any space exploration project, the main obstacle is cash.

Nasa reckons it will need £4.5billion to £6.5billion per year on top of Nasa’s existing budget of about £16billion.

Boss Jim Bridenstine recently asked for an extra £1.3billion in fiscal year 2020 to start developing a lunar lander…

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now what

Go To Mars…I Guess.

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Broken Telescope: NASA Sticks the Voters with a $44 Million Bill

Posted by M. C. on November 25, 2018

https://www.garynorth.com/public/18849.cfm

Gary North

NASA was going to launch an x-ray telescope. NASA spent $43.5 million on it. Then it killed the $119 billion program.

Better killed than completed. But it’s another example of government planning.

No one asked: “Why should NASA be spending money on an x-ray telescope?”

No one asked: “Why should NASA even exist?”

What was the telescope supposed to do? It was to study polarized x-rays streaming out of black holes and neutron stars.

You ask: “Why should taxpayers care?” Sorry; you are clearly part of the lunatic fringe.

The correct answer is: “To promote the latest theory of tax-funded astronomers. They need this information to make their careers.”… Read the rest of this entry »

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Elon Needs More Money (Again) – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2018

This is the same Elon Musk that has the rocket company doing what NASA can’t. I don’t know where he gets his rocket company money. Probably a lot comes from you and me. I think we need a (sort of) private rocket company that actually makes something we need.

Musk should knock the electric car on the head go full tilt into the rocket bizz. Maybe then we have a chance on catching up with the Ruskies.

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2018/06/14/elon-needs-more-money/

by Eric

Last month, I wrote about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contemptuous and breezy dismissal of questions asked by financial analysts about the cashflow situation at Tesla. Would the company need yet another infusion of money to remain afloat? Lame! Next question.

That was Musk’s response.

As it turns out, it’s Tesla that’s lame.  The company – Musk – just laid off several thousand employees, about 9 percent of its workforce – which is one way to raise cash (by not spending it on worker salaries) when you don’t want to admit you need another infusion from investors – or realize you might not be able to get one because those investors are becoming gun-shy about giving money to Elon. Read the rest of this entry »

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