11 thoughts on “Must be OK…Whitey’s on the moon

  1. Tom Corbett says:

    NASA spends $1 billion for a launch tower that leans, may only be used once : Vice President Mike Pence may visit the launch tower today. https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/nasa-spends-1-billion-for-a-launch-tower-that-leans-may-only-be-used-once/ “According to a new report in NASASpaceflight.com, the expensive tower is “leaning” and “bending.” For now, NASA says, the lean is not sufficient enough to require corrective action, but it is developing contingency plans in case the lean angle becomes steeper. These defects raise concerns about the longevity of the launch tower and increase the likelihood that NASA will seek additional funding to build a second one. In fact, it is entirely possible that the launch tower may serve only for the maiden flight of the SLS rocket in 2020 and then be cast aside. This would represent a significant waste of resources by the space agency.” See also https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/02/sls-ml-leaning-not-corrective-work/ “As with all large projects, design changes were added during the initial construction phase, including the winning concept from the Emergency Egress System (EES), a roller coaster car system that would race astronauts – and/or pad crews – away from a major incident with the vehicle. Engineers from Disney were cited as members of the large design team.”

    • Flimflammery says:

      “Trump Wants a Space Station Orbiting Around the Moon : NASA is quietly asking private companies to bid on the development of a new space station that would orbit the moon starting in 2022. But why?” (Daily Beast 07.02.18) https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-wants-a-space-station-orbiting-around-the-moon According to a former NASA scientist, “China seems on track to send astronauts to the moon by the late 2020s, if not sooner.” In that context, he added, America’s new moon station represents a kind of extraterrestrial P.R. stunt – a shiny piece of hardware that the US could put in place before China’s taikonauts step foot on the moon.

  2. Honky-tonk says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 2:34 PM – 13 May 2019: “Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!”

    NASA revealed Monday that it needs an additional $1.6 billion in funding for fiscal year 2020 to stay on track for a human return to the moon by 2024. The space agency’s budget amendment comes in addition to the $21 billion the Trump administration asked Congress for in March. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/nasa-reveals-funding-needed-for-moon-program-says-it-will-be-named-artemis/ Two people familiar with NASA’s internal deliberations say the agency has estimated that it needs as much as $6 billion to $8 billion a year for a lunar return by 2024.

    The money to pay for the accelerated schedule is coming from a reduction in the budget for Pell grants that help defray the cost of higher education for lower-income students. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/FY20_Budget_Amendment_5-13-19.pdf

  3. Space case says:

    “NASA has touted its bold plan to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024 for months. Now we’re starting to get an idea of how much it will cost.
    The space agency will need an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion over the next five years for its moon project, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told CNN Business on Thursday. That would mean adding another $4 billion to $6 billion per year, on average, to the agency’s budget, which is already expected to be about $20 billion annually.” (CNN BUSINESS 6/14/19) https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/13/tech/nasa-budget-moon-mission-artemis/index.html
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 11:38 AM – Jun 7, 2019: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”
    “NASA addresses Trump’s bizarre Moon tweet, says everything is fine” (6/11/19) https://news.yahoo.com/nasa-addresses-trump-bizarre-moon-213608109.html
    “China’s space program continues to grow, but will NASA ever work with them?” https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/space/mission-moon/article/China-s-space-program-continues-to-grow-but-13961523.php (see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_exclusion_policy_of_NASA )
    “China in Space: Ambitions and Possible Conflict” (Strategic Studies Quarterly,* Spring 2018) https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Portals/10/SSQ/documents/Volume-12_Issue-1/Goswami.pdf
    [Strategic Studies Quarterly is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the United States Air Force covering issues related to national and international security https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Studies_Quarterly ]

  4. Lost in the Ozone says:

    “As NASA talks up its Artemis Program to return humans to the Moon by the year 2024, a new report from the US Government Accountability Office raises questions about the space agency’s ability to build the spacecraft and rockets intended to carry out that mission. See https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/699823.pdf
    “While NASA acknowledges about $1 billion in cost growth for the SLS program, it is understated,” the report found. “This is because NASA shifted some planned SLS scope to future missions but did not reduce the program’s cost baseline accordingly. When GAO reduced the baseline to account for the reduced scope, the cost growth is about $1.8 billion.”
    NASA now estimates that it will spend about $10 billion to develop the rocket and associated ground systems at Kennedy Space Center, where the vehicle will launch from. This figure assumes the vehicle does not encounter additional technical problems during the test and qualification phase of the hardware—which is where such problems typically arise. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/new-report-finds-nasa-awarded-boeing-large-fees-despite-sls-launch-slips/
    See also “Gov. Watchdog: NASA Hid True Cost of Boeing Moon Rocket …And despite delays, NASA keeps giving Boeing millions.” https://futurism.com/watchdog-nasa-cost-boeing-rocket

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