Friday, July 16, 2010

Congress...in...Space!!!


More fun by Congress regarding the space program.

It sounds kind of good, but I'll breathe a sigh of relief once it's officially signed. We all know Congress has the ability to muck up a good compromise.

Plus, with all these letters out there promoting one way or the other, like from Astronauts who are okay with Commercial Space transport, it's hard to gauge where the final stop on this train will leave us.


P.S. Hope you got the Pigs in Space reference. :) You have to laugh every now and then, no?

4 comments:

Norman Copeland said...

I think it's really good that the 'old boy' network of astronaughts still have a vested interest with the space development, these men and women have put a lot of work towards building knowledge of this sector of our society and justly should have an influencial word towards it's continuing development.


I agree that congress has many weakness's during deliberation, but, I see it as strickly a responsive sensitivity that shows the administration is alert and duly comparitive to action.


It does seem to be shaping itself towards becoming a council much like the 'federation' is shown at the star trek family.


I hope dearly that some younger personalities will be encouraged to stand as representatives of such an entity.


Live long and prosper...

Is what we aspire to for ''our'' future.

Marcel F. Williams said...

This was probably one of the Senate's finest days, IMO. Both Democrats and Republicans recognized that NASA was in big trouble under the Obama proposals. But the Senate came through to save the agency and to preserve NASA's ability to fly humans into space.

The immediate funding for a shuttle derived HLV is particularly exciting and should finally rectify the loss of HLV capacity back in the early 1970s.

Norman Copeland said...

Ok,so, NASA astronaughts excite people more than the lure of space tourism around our planet at low earth orbit which is available immenantly, congress wants to spend an initial 11 billion building a heavy lift vehicle for a potential deep space expedition.


I think it's crazy economics to push a plan for a scientifically unproven vehicle to do a job which once again, only a handful of people will ever do.


So, a heavy lift vehicle will be designed for long flight expeditions or payload adaptabilty for materials to go to the moon.

Ok, lets consider the moon materials, constant talk about building a moon colony base requires a serious investment that will require a serious re-modification of America's launch platforms [or you can forget the timetable], it is true to say that 'space x' falcon 9 and potentialy the dragon are a service that ''could'' cater for such a resource prospect, it is that exact resource potential that is the reason Elon Musk has seen the opportunity to be a pioneer of such a business opportunity.


But, people will argue that 'space x' is a lone company with zero support around the financial world except what NASA could encourage, so, why bother with a further 11 billion investment into a vehicle that could quite easily be the guise of Elon Musk space x falcon 9...

This tells me that congress wants obvious choices to the commercial sector building exploration development, but, congress has not outlined a particular schedule that it's idea of 11 billion dollars could perform for, i.e what would 11 billion dollars bring the American people.

Americans want someone telling them that there will be houses for sale on the moon to Americans in 20years based on apogee and perigee launch opportunities.

I see a privatisation opportunity with this money proposal and it would be a serious opportunity for a group of NASA personel to start there own venture, for love and not money...

Otherwise, whats the moaning for?

NASA wants to be mollycoddled.

I want 11 billion dollars.

BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANT A SAFE VEHICLE THAT IS PROVEN FOR DEEP SPACE, SAFE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, A BACKING PLAN OF MORE THAN 1 VEHICLE TO SUPPORT THE MISSION TO MARS, A CONVOY OF REFUELING VEHICLES FOR A MOON COLONY PROGRAMME.


AND MY TEDDY.

THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT.


Norman Copeland.

www.spacetravel21stcentury.blogspot.com

Norman Copeland said...

Ok,so, NASA astronaughts excite people more than the lure of space tourism around our planet at low earth orbit which is available immenantly, congress wants to spend an initial 11 billion building a heavy lift vehicle for a potential deep space expedition.


I think it's crazy economics to push a plan for a scientifically unproven vehicle to do a job which once again, only a handful of people will ever do.


So, a heavy lift vehicle will be designed for long flight expeditions or payload adaptabilty for materials to go to the moon.

Ok, lets consider the moon materials, constant talk about building a moon colony base requires a serious investment that will require a serious re-modification of America's launch platforms [or you can forget the timetable], it is true to say that 'space x' falcon 9 and potentialy the dragon are a service that ''could'' cater for such a resource prospect, it is that exact resource potential that is the reason Elon Musk has seen the opportunity to be a pioneer of such a business opportunity.


But, people will argue that 'space x' is a lone company with zero support around the financial world except what NASA could encourage, so, why bother with a further 11 billion investment into a vehicle that could quite easily be the guise of Elon Musk space x falcon 9...

This tells me that congress wants obvious choices to the commercial sector building exploration development, but, congress has not outlined a particular schedule that it's idea of 11 billion dollars could perform for, i.e what would 11 billion dollars bring the American people.

Americans want someone telling them that there will be houses for sale on the moon to Americans in 20years based on apogee and perigee launch opportunities.

I see a privatisation opportunity with this money proposal and it would be a serious opportunity for a group of NASA personel to start there own venture, for love and not money...

Otherwise, whats the moaning for?

NASA wants to be mollycoddled.

I want 11 billion dollars.

BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANT A SAFE VEHICLE THAT IS PROVEN FOR DEEP SPACE, SAFE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, A BACKING PLAN OF MORE THAN 1 VEHICLE TO SUPPORT THE MISSION TO MARS, A CONVOY OF REFUELING VEHICLES FOR A MOON COLONY PROGRAMME.


AND MY TEDDY.

THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT.


Norman Copeland.

www.spacetravel21stcentury.blogspot.com