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Warning incoming Space Rant: It is time for the Agency to Pivot
With a new president coming in just about 6 months from now it is time to be proactive and admit the current journey to Mars mirage is nothing more than a hashtag. Instead of waiting for the coming blue ribbon panel and revector let's take the hard look at the situation and get out infront of things by being honest and laying out a more thoughtful strategy for achieving Mars in 20 years. It may garner a knee jerk reaction from certain circles but if they are truly in it for exploration and not just jobs/contracts then they can find their way through to actual deep space exploration not just lobbying about it.

Step 0: Give up building launch vehicle and orion. They are albatrosses around our neck. A heavy lifter for use 20 years from now sucks up way more budget than relying on multiple launches and robotic assembly which is needed anyway. Plus since we are going with a reusable Mars transit vehicle crew loading and unloading can occur in earth orbit serviced by one of the many commercial crew vehicle coming online. How much more Mars technology could we fund if we free up SLS/Orion funds. Don't worry congress folks and old space wanting to suckle at the government tit of cost plus contracts there will be plenty of pork to spread around with the new plan. Don't bring up the suck cost fallacy cause continuing to pour money for something 20 years down the road while you starve all the tech that is truly needed for Mars is only going to continue the myth that going to Mars is within the next 20 years. Staying the course is not the answer if you really want to actually make progress.

Forward plan Step 1: Best case we plan for upcoming commercial heavy lift like falcon 9H worst case we design for existing HLV. Either way we can cross that bridge to pick a launcher 12 years from now when we start locking down the design . Since crew rotation occurs in LEO it should be no different than what we will be paying for astronauts to the ISS in the next couple of years and entry speeds will be similar as well.

Step 2: time to stop iterating on an evolvable Mars campaign and hand out a design to the agency to start building.
We need a clean sheet 90 day study to pick a design so that the technology investment can start working towards putting things together. This gets divided up among the centers (see Congress we will spread things around) and gets everyone on the same path and garners support for the pivot from congress and incoming president.

It will help focus on what can be commercially sourced versus what needs internal development. We dont need to be spending money on our limited use case for something the commercial market is going to far surpass our needs down the road. We just need to have a viable onramp plan for the cots 10+ years from now. the study will provide the focus needed so no more centers working on what they think they should instead of what the politics/HQ wants. If we are infusing $3B in tech we need to make sure the design is anchored so that they are building the ins/outs/size/volume/power for the integrated systems/ mission operations parameters.

We can reevaluate every four years to ensure the tech tree is bearing fruit or if we need to pick a new branch and what the launch vehicle situation is. For now we start with existing HLV and it only gets better from here at the next review in 4 years.

Step 3: Develop LEO to Lunar cycler
Now that we have SLS out of the way the plan is whichever HLV we use just has to get the mass to LEO. Our solar electric propulsion tug will move it out to the lunar shipyard. This gives us run time on sep that will eventually grow to the transit vehicle size. The cycler also gets to test out deep space navigation (like pulsar/x-ray) and autonomous deep space rendezvous and docking.

Step 4: Use Cycler to build out lunar shipyard
Robotic assembly, radiation protection methods and testing of "MCC in a Box" autonomy gets shaken out as the the two Mars Transit Vehicles are built up. Eventually there could be living quarters for science and telerobotics to lunar surface it would require a hab attachment for the cycler since we scrapped orion but that becomes a long term closed loop eclss test bed so bonus points. The human occupation of the shipyard appeals to the international partners as it gets them closer to lunar surface

Step 5: Large scale technology investment
With the SLS/orion money freed up that gives us about $3B a year to put towards the major hurdles for Mars like radiation, EDL, autonomy, ISRU, closed loop ECLSS, robotic helpers, fecal processing, nuclear power and more. These tech are currently on the slow road to Mars due to budget restrictions that would go away with a $3B infusion. At least a portion of this should be to try out Moonshots that may fail but if they succeed are 10X leap forward to Mars.

Step 6: at the shipyard build two reusable transit vehicles
First is cargo delivery for all the preposition of assets for upcoming human missions. We can use an opposition class mission since it is unmanned and 30 day stay in Mars orbit should be enough time for precision placement of the necessary hardware. This robotic hauler will deploy early EDL and isru test beds while testing out larger class SEP, navigation and autonomy.
Second is crew transit vehicle the culmination of tech investment and precursor testbeds. Allows for longer conjunction class missions for a crew to spend 500 days on the surface.

If we as an agency, country, world really want to move up the gravity well to exploring Mars then let's take a hard look at where we are and pivot to get there.

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Will folks be okay with something like this off the coast
The Pipe uses electromagnetic desalination system driven by energy from the sun (10,00 MWh/year). With that power and overall system capacity, the Pipe could produce 1.5 billion gallons of fresh potable water annually.
Designed to address the pervasive drought and long-term water problems of the West Coast, The Pipe is an offshore water purification plant that combines sustainable energy, public works and experie…
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+Wayne May but with oceans rising maybe this helps offset that 😂
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Five more Days until Kickoff
a little A - Maize - Ing fan made video to get you pumped for Saturday's start to the season.
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Darn I can't wait for new Who
Well done fan made video makes me long for new adventures.
Cc +Ben Schoon+Derek Ross​
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M4 and I have been enjoying the game
Think of it like farmville but for cons. You get to deal with cosplayers, VIP, broken toilets, con crud and the occasional alien invasion.
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Saturday night movie
Visually stunning movie so far. We missed it in the theaters.
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Pretty impressive build of the Ring of the Ancestors.
It took 1,000 hours to 3D print and build this awesome life-size Stargate! This impressive replica took over 2,000 parts and 1,000 hours to create, without any help from distant aliens. More in my +CNET article here!
This impressive replica took over 2,000 parts and 1,000 hours to create, without any help from distant aliens.
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Only trust Carter or McKay for the address.
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How many were subscribers of Kibble back in the day
now the streaming king is cranking out stellar original content as well as still mailing out those DVDs to folks.
Today in Geek History: Kibble Inc, a service that rented DVDs by mail without late fees, was founded in 1997. The service was later renamed Netflix.
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I really like to watch Netflix movies and Tv show online..Thank  you for sharing here the story on Netflix..
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We may not be alone
No one is claiming that this is the work of an extraterrestrial civilization, but it is certainly worth further study. Working out the strength of the signal, the researchers say that if it came from an isotropic beacon, it would be of a power possible only for a Kardashev Type II civilization. If it were a narrow beam signal focused on our Solar System, it would be of a power available to a Kardashev Type I civilization. The possibility of noise of one form or another cannot be ruled out, and researchers in Paris led by Jean Schneider are considering the possible microlensing of a background source by HD164595. But the signal is provocative enough that the RATAN-600 researchers are calling for permanent monitoring of this target.
The star is located 95 light years from Earth and has at least one confirmed planet.
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Those who stay will be champions
The Wolverines fall short of their fellow blue bloods in national championships with only two. But while Notre Dame has the best winning percentage, Michigan has won more games overall by a margin of 33. Current coach Jim Harbaugh will try to widen the gap.
# letsgoblue
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Finally hung up my Mondo albums
Criteria was it had to be classic movie soundtrack, have a cool sleeve and be a unique LP design 
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I have seen some inspiring work where a portion of the sleeve artwork is cut from the album itself and is mounted like this. For example the Back to the Future silhouette cut from a section either a positive or negative depending on background matt color.
The downside is it destroys the usability of the LP.
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are we sure he is just cosplaying batman or has he become batman
twenty-three fully functional gadgets on Checkley’s Batsuit, which so impressed the folks at Guinness World Records that they awarded him “Most functional gadgets on a cosplay suit” in their upcoming Gamer’s Edition for 2017
It includes Batarangs, a Bat-Flask and an 'anti dog device.'
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Give this man more funds and I bet the suit would have been bulletproof.
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  • University of Michigan
    BS Aero Engineering, 1991 - 1995
  • George Washington University
    MS Mech Engineering, 1995 - 1997
Rocket Scientist by Day and Glass Explorer 24/7
Born in Boston, went to Michigan (GO BLUE!), volunteered at Goddard while in grad school, worked in Mission Control for the Shuttle then did a stint working Smart Buyer/iDOT/Orion/MPCV/Mars In situ Resource Utilization, but now I am doing New Business Development at the Johnson Space Center looking for interesting technologies and industries that can leverage our knowledge, facilities and patents #forthebenefitofall. Former GoogleTV Ambassador.
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had the honor to work 11 yrs on the Space Shuttle Program in Mission Control.
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