Mission Highlights: Falcon 9 engines ignite for liftoff from SpaceX’s launch pad in Cape Canaveral on May 22, 2012.
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- You have no idea how glad I am to hear that. Moving it to L2 is a pretty good idea, though you will need to do something beyond reaction wheels for station keeping.
I assume we're thinking support / resupply for lunar missions. Would this be an unmanned asset or a manned outpost? A quick cost/benefit analysis didn't help me figure it out, and I figure it all depends on SpaceX and other COTS contenders' success rate, eh?Jun 2, 2012
- there has been a lot of spaghetti thrown against the wall since Obama cancelled Constellation and congress mandated the SLS heavy lift rocket, L2 is just the latest thing that may or may not stick. I think they were looking at L2 observatory, telerobotic control of lunar missions and possible jumping off point. I don't think they will finalize the plan for another month before they roll it out.Jun 2, 2012
- To add to whatsaid, just like Constellation, NASA programs are subject to the will of the President and Congress. Despite the President's attempt to end Constellation, Congress still enacted legislation that "saved" larges chucks of the program. SLS is not really that different from Ares V and Orion (now MPCV) was never axed. Decisions on what to do with ISS hardware are subject to a lot of changes over the next decade and will include what the International partners think. The Russians have hinted at continuing to use their segment for example...Jun 2, 2012
- If they're talking about telerobotics from L2 to the lunar surface, that will fix a lot of the latency and other comm issues and simplify the radios, but at the same time, the amount of Isp to get there and stop short isn't that much less than a landing. Then there's the resupply missions...
I don't see it, but then again they haven't seen fit to brief me since '98. ;)Jun 2, 2012
- Space.com and NASAspaceflightnow.com do a decent job of reporting some of the big ideas. From these big ideas, it is generally possible to google the topic and look for NASA released powerpoints.
L2 logistics might be accomplished directly with a FH-Dragon, but there are other potential logistical architectures.Jun 2, 2012
- Thanksfor an intelligent discussion. (Wish we could see more of that around here.)Jun 3, 2012