Ares/Orion is more of a Development program than a Research program, so I am not depressed to see it disappear. I am concerned to see NASA manned spaceflight disappear, since they provided world leadership in the 60s and part of the 70s. The result was America’s universities being the leader in Science/Engineering PhDs.
Archive | February, 2010
In the picture above Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dreamchaser reusable vehicle concept docks with the International Space Station. Of NASA’s five Commercial Crew Development initiative funded space act agreements announced on 2 February Sierra Nevada won the largest sum, $20 million out of a total fund of $50 million
Watch the Russia Today report above that talks to the designers of a suborbital tourism system we have seen before but now they are saying it will cost $200 million to develop and its first generation mini-shuttle would carry one pilot and two passengers, each paying $200,000 for a ticket.
The total annihilation of the Constellation programme with the culling of the Orion crew exploration vehicle and any vestigal reamins of the Ares V cargo launch vehcle was a surprise for this blogger.
Constellation supporters sent Hyperbola this video, watch and make your on mind up
Released 2 February 2010 this is the Boeing/Bigelow Aerospace commercial crew capsule concept that is part of the Boeing company’s $18 million funded space act agreement for the Commercial Crew Development initiative
NASA’s first commercial foray, the commercial orbital transportation services progamme, also known as COTS, has seen a 60% hike in the agency’s investment with the fiscal year 2011 budget
Perhaps the big surprise of the NASA budget teleconference was the sudden announcement by agency administrator Charles Bolden of the winners for NASA’s $50 million Commercial Crew Development initiative
US spaceflight website space.com has revealed that in a teleconference yesterday the US government’s Office of Management and Budgets’ director Peter Orszag and the White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer confirmed that president Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget request for NASA does not include the Constellation programme
Hyperbola is and will be working east coast time to cover the NASA budget publication and reactions to it
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