Skip to comments.SpaceX Falcon Heavy Shows Why We Need Appropriations Reform
Posted on 12/28/2017 6:12:09 AM PST by Kaslin
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it has the potential to lift 119,000 pounds into space...
Now we can get rid of Rosie for good.
What a machine this is. Elon Musk is doing what most only dream about.
By comparison, the Saturn V had a Payload to LEO (Low Earth Orbit) of 310,000 lbs, and a Payload to TLI (Trans Lunar Injection, whatever that is) of 107,100 lbs.
But it was not reusable.
Strip a few more pounds off its empty weight and we might be able to fit Roseanne in there at the same time.
Let’s not get crazy. :)
Though squeezing cankles in would be nice too.
Along with the thousand other reasons for appropriations reform, which have all had zero effect on appropriations.
What do you have against Roseanne?
She despises Franken and supports Trump!
I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage.
WTF ? Why are we supporting this type of logic. Astronauts read this and say, not me.
This is all reasonable steps toward major progress. And yes, Musk IS making progress on all fronts, at a good rate. There will be failures. There will be delays. There will be cost overruns. He’s playing all those as part of the game, and winning.
Yes SpaceX is launching a Falcon Heavy with novelty cargo. You don’t do the first launch of a gigantic controlled explosion with expensive/irreplaceable cargo, you just put something in it so the payload bay isn’t completely empty, and send it up.
Yes the Falcon Heavy may soon be abandoned in favor of the BFR. It’s a necessary step in developing the long-term technology.
Remember: just re-using the first (very expensive) stage was impossible a couple years ago. Now it’s normal enough it’s almost boring. That’s a HUGE breakthrough, and Musk made it happen.
If you want such progress to happen AT ALL, someone has to do it - would you rather a team of bored bureaucrats be tasked with putting a city on Mars, or someone who’s so enthused about it he’s willing to risk putting his own high-value custom car on it as a test subject?
It’s a pretty open secret that Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) just means Lowest Price.
The federal government doesn’t actually care if most of this stuff works. Technically Acceptable? The Program Manager who gets the contract awarded will get a promotion and move on. When the government realizes that this result is not technically acceptable, there will be no one who can be held accountable, so no one will care. Get the Lowest Price, get promoted. Nothing else matters in many cases.
So, what’s the authors alternative? NASA’s heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System, which is a completely different rocket from the cancelled Aries V NASA heavy launch system? After 15 years and tens of billions of dollars, NASA and Congress haven’t even gotten started on building one of those.
“is doing” should “hopes to do”. The guy is quite the huckster on many levels. He always reminds me of the Burt Lancaster movie “Elmer Gantry”.
Elon Musk is doing what most only dream about.Like what? Being a successful flim-flam man bilking billion$ from the American taxpayer?
Whoever invests with Elon Musk will ultimately lose money.
Mr. Rogers, there is no assurance by anyone (NASA included) that any chemically-fueled launch vehicle will not explode on ignition. That the FH might explode and damage the facilities, delaying other launches is a weak argument.
Best to leave expensive things like space exploration to our betters, the Chinese, since we’d have more money to buy stuff from them; and they are projected to overtake the US economically in a handful of years, why wait?
Trans Lunar Injection is the point where the vehicle leaves earth orbit and begins the Trans Lunar Coast toward the moon. You then have Lunar Orbit Injection, Lunar Orbit, Trans Earth injection, Trans Earth Coast, Earth Orbit Injection, Earth Orbit again and then Re-entry. All require rocket burns.
Yes, I used to work there. Just celebrated the Christmas ‘68 Apollo 8 mission.
So where is this record any worse than NASA’s?
Roseanne Barr is actually a “Trumpster” and a Conservative...surprised me too.
Thomas Edison blew what? Thousands upon thousands of light bulbs? With a mindset like that wed still be reading in the dark. He has his cars operating. Said it couldnt be done. Space X have gotten manned space craft to space. Said it couldnt be done.
How about we get done with the naysayers?
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