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#101 2019-01-05 00:35:43

Oldfart1939
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Registered: 2016-11-26
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Re: A Return to the Moon by the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary.

My take on NASA: they've lost the vision necessary to get down to basics. Everything they are doing violates the KISS principle. Bob Zubrin sees this and despairs that no one listens to voices of reason. Solution: we now have 2 major New Space contractors lining up to do great things; Blue Origin should be given a Moon Mission contract, and SpaceX a major Mars Mission contract. NASA sits there and trains astronauts, designs rovers, habitats, power systems, and buys the rides from the talent pool. See? That didn't hurt a bit!

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#102 2019-01-05 07:19:09

kbd512
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Re: A Return to the Moon by the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary.

NASA wants to be a technology development catalyst rather than a driver of mission requirements that's only interested in doing missions and allowing their contractors to handle the details without artificial constraints placed upon them.  However, they're also hampered by the inane demands of the people who fund them.  They've become a political toy for Congress and the President to play with, rather than a semi-independent space exploration agency with government oversight.  You're correct, though.  It's sad to watch.  Fortunately, our government unwittingly did something useful for everyone by providing initial funding to SpaceX, Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, etc.

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#103 2019-01-05 10:49:06

SpaceNut
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Re: A Return to the Moon by the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary.

The companies which build rockets is larger that those which need updating

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s … ufacturers

with many just specializing in tech areas and its New Space companies that seem to be leading

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_p … _companies

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#104 2019-07-21 15:07:07

SpaceNut
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Re: A Return to the Moon by the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary.

Well the anniversary has come and we are not on the way yet and have not anyone on the moon...

Nasa Epic Fail comes to mind....

There again Space x seems to have backed out of its deal as well.

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