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” …All of this. All of this was for nothing – unless we go to the stars.” – Infection, Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski

The 2nd Industrial Revolution & New World

Some good reading about the current state of human space flight and what itll take to break out of LEO and move out further, with potentially a much greater pay off than what it’ll take to startoff at the SpaceRef’s going beyond LEO.

And at the IEEE’s spectrum a number of great articles about the technical and economic challenges of a Mars Mission, at this time.  Included is an article written by Robert Zubrin of the Mars Society about how to go – Right Now.

Should I stay or should I go?…

GO.  It is my opinion that humanity is doomed to a pathetic death and waste of universal proportions if we don’t take on the challenge of exploring, developing and eventually settling other worlds.  We waste away and fight over trivia with grave immeasurably horrific consequences without challenges.  We grow and evolve with them.  This mission to explore and go to other worlds is the challenge Humanity needs to survive and break free of its current grim, status quo.

A decision to abandon Human space flight or leave it to future generations, is humanities death sentence.  We should choose to go.  We should choose to grow.


Filed under: Mars, Science, Space

DIRECT v3 update

UPDATE :: After Ross Tierney unvieled DIRECT 3.0 at the ISDC convention in Orlando this weekend he sat down with Dr. David Livingston and The Space Show for this interview.

 Download and listen to the MP3 here.


A preview of the ISDC2009 presentation is now available – found at the NASA space flight Exploration Alternative forums


To sumarize some of the most strongest selling points of the Jupiter DIRECT shuttle derived launch vehicle are that, 1 – it increases NASA capability to deliver crew, supplies and new exploration hardware and infrastructure into space.  2 – At a lower operating and developement cost, close to $8000/kg versus the current systems $31000 per kilogram on the STS, and it will cost more than 20 billion dolars less the develope than the current Constellation system, the Ares I and V.  And 3 – will eliminate the gap in our ability to launch and deliver crew to the ISS while maintaining the highskilled labor force at MSFC and KSC, a political requirement for any proposal of this scope.  All of this while fitting nicely into NASA current budget, who doesnt want to save 20 billion dolars?  Go watch the presentation.

Filed under: Space

Space Exploration Technology’s Falcon I Flight 5 to go July 13th or 14th

 Go SpaceX!

Hawthorne, CA (June 1, 2009) – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB) of Malaysia announce a new launch window has been set for Falcon 1 Flight 5, carrying the RazakSAT satellite to orbit. The launch window opens Monday, July 13th and extends through Tuesday, July 14th, with a daily window to open at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

The launch was delayed last month Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Space


The DIRECT team unvieled the 3rd and best itteration of thier exploration alternative architecture at this years International Space Developement Conference in Orlando this weekend.  Expect thier website with the whole story to be updated within a few days and a new thread at NASAspaceflight forums to follow soon.  Goodluck DIRECT team, may the best course of action be selected at NASA going foward.

Enjoy the video introducing the concept on youtube here:

Filed under: Space



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