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Monday, December 05, 2005

  Space: Burt Rutan, Gene Krantz, Rick Tumlinson

After going to the Xprize last year, somehow I missed Burt Rutan's remarks. I'm loving The Space show podcasts. Yesterday I listened to podcasts of Ed Buckbee and of legendary flight engineer, Gene Krantz. Krantz has such a authoritative, reassuring voice - he could run my mission control anytime - and points to all the good things that happened on the flight test of the Discovery earlier this year:

Gene still believes NASA can do the job. Others don't. There's been a bunch of good op-eds in the space press this past week - Rick Tumlinson, full of vitrol:

And Jeff Bell chimes in with a detailed analysis that I'd link to if I could find it this morning. Bell has become something of a beta noir of the alt.space community, his articles spark debate (to say the least!). Jon Goff has a detailed counter-proposal...

And the Russians claim to be able to make the moon for $2b. Bravado?

Whatever the heck we do in space, let's make it right. I like the gathering support for a fuel dump as the next interim goal of interplanetary flight... and I wish all the rocketheads would pay more attention to momentum-exchange tethers...
 
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Is anyone working on "America's space prize", the $50Mil prize for an orbital spacecraft? Is it possible to build and launch twice an orbital spacecraft for $50Mil? Anyone run the numbers on what it would cost and what the cheapest options are? NASA's problem is that it's got 130million bosses, a large percentage of whom would rather see their budget go to needle exchange programs or worse. Private individuals, like the nuevo-rich dotcommers who have the money to build spacecraft in an uncompromizing manner are in a much better position to trailblaze in space.

As an aside, have I mentioned that I hate blogger? Why do I need to have yet one more web account? I use the account once every three months, by that time forgetting my username/password and have to wait an hour for their password recovery feature to send me an email! There must be a better way! I don't know why I need to register a new account for every flippin website I visit. It's really annoying.
 
I have tried to read your blog. I keep getting, "Page not found".
Did you stop blogging? Are you an aerospace engineer? You sure sound unhappy. Is there anything you do like? I worked on the Apollo Project. You probably will hate me, too. :o).
http://www.InsideTheApolloProject.com. P.S. Life is grand. Be happy. You will live longer. Sara
 
You won't believe this but I have been talking to both Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (the Director of the Hayden Planetarium), David Levy and Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9) among other Astronomers and scientists. We are ALL concerned about NEOs and particularry The Asteroid Apophis. It is NOT true that people are unconcerned. You just need to find the right people. I have several other blogs but I need to do some housekeeping. Check out: http://www.SaraStellarScience.com I have 2 books for sale and one is about Apophis. Thanks, Sara
 
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