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#1    septic peg

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 06:27 PM

Nasa unveils Space Launch System vision

Quote:   "Nasa's top official, General Charles Bolden, hails the beginning of the post-shuttle era

The design for a huge rocket to take humans to asteroids and Mars has been unveiled by the US space agency Nasa.

The Space Launch System (SLS), as it is currently known, will be the most powerful launcher ever built - more powerful even than the Saturn V rockets that put men on the Moon.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-14915725


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Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:47 PM

And everyone made it sound like NASA was finished.  :P

Can't wait until they get these new missions up and running.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:52 PM

Rockets again I guess. I thought Branson was engineering a space plane or something capable of breaking orbit for his tours? I don't even remember fully reading the article, will have to track that down.


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Posted 14 September 2011 - 09:03 PM

View PostSpid3rCyd3, on 14 September 2011 - 08:52 PM, said:

Rockets again I guess. I thought Branson was engineering a space plane or something capable of breaking orbit for his tours? I don't even remember fully reading the article, will have to track that down.
That was not a space plane but more like a tourist version of the US but much higher altitude.


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Posted 14 September 2011 - 09:07 PM

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The rocket would be the most powerful since the Saturn V that took Americans to the moon four decades ago. NASA expects that it could lift astronauts on deep-space missions farther than anyone has ever traveled.

“We’re investing in technologies to live and work in space, and it sets the stage for visiting asteroids and Mars,” the NASA administrator, Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr., said at a news conference.

In an effort to speed development and control costs, the design is based on pieces from the just-retired space shuttles. The first stage would essentially be an elongated shuttle fuel tank, and it would use the same rocket engines. For the initial test flights, solid rocket boosters — stretched versions of the shuttle boosters — would be strapped on to provide additional thrust.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:05 PM

Unless it's fully funded by private enterprise ... it's just a colossal waste of public money , money that should be spent on more urgent undertakings at home .

Of course this might just be total speculation or wishful thinking by those who worked within the space program , men and women who aren't looking forward to working in the private sector again ?

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:08 PM

View Postseptic peg, on 14 September 2011 - 06:27 PM, said:

Nasa unveils Space Launch System vision

Quote:   "Nasa's top official, General Charles Bolden, hails the beginning of the post-shuttle era

The design for a huge rocket to take humans to asteroids and Mars has been unveiled by the US space agency Nasa.

The Space Launch System (SLS), as it is currently known, will be the most powerful launcher ever built - more powerful even than the Saturn V rockets that put men on the Moon.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-14915725

           I am glad to hear this news. I heard it today on public radio. I thought all was lost but alas, we do have some sense. We must keep the space program going.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:21 PM

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The agency says the first launch of the SLS is expected to take place towards the end The agency says the first launch of the SLS is expected to take place towards the end of 2017.
So we're looking at 2020 or later for the first launch.

It looks like they've strapped the shuttle boosters onto the side of an Saturn rocket.


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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:24 PM

View Postscowl, on 14 September 2011 - 10:21 PM, said:

So we're looking at 2020 or later for the first launch.

It looks like they've strapped the shuttle boosters onto the side of an Saturn rocket.


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Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:30 AM

Well its back to the Old School ! But at least ITs Flying again ! ANd Much safer than the Shuttles I guess? 1 in 200  opposed to 1 in 2,000 for the Rocket ! :innocent:

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:36 AM

Further billions spent on developing a system based on chemical rockets, when some here would have us believe that mankind is already capable of interplanetary travel using alien-derived exotic propulsions - that's one expensive smokescreen...

Who is the skeptic: the realist who won't accept belief, or the believer who won't accept reality?

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:34 AM



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:48 AM

This looks like Atlas V or Delta IV pumped up this 2011 not 1967 enough with stupid dangeous rockets lets move on to something better and safer how about a vehicles with a force field to replace the heat shield something new please and different.


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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:53 PM

View PostOppono Astos, on 15 September 2011 - 02:36 AM, said:

Further billions spent on developing a system based on chemical rockets, when some here would have us believe that mankind is already capable of interplanetary travel using alien-derived exotic propulsions - that's one expensive smokescreen...

Yeah...just kind of seems like we're going in reverse here. I'm all for NASA and the space program, but can't we dump more of that money into R & D and tackle this antigrav, propulsion thing? I've seen so many theories about it lately on how it's done, lets start building and testing. :P


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Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:10 PM

I like this design far better than "The Stick". Though putting the engines at the bottom of the fuel tanks is going to be interesting to see how they do it.

And as for the "Nay" posts. All I have to say is , " This is Reality , not T.V.!"

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