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Offline Blackstar

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Re: National Space Council Reestablished
« Reply #120 on: 10/09/2017 02:45 PM »
Really the only question I have. Is this the moment for Resource Prospector to rise like a Phoenix?

It is a distant stepchild of the last "to the Moon, Alice" proclamation after all, otherwise known as RLEP-2

That would actually be a good initial indicator of seriousness--they could fund the first step, and RP has been studied for years and could be given a development order.

One of the ways that the Bush administration sought to indicate that they were serious about the Vision for Space Exploration was to fund the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (I think that was at least $500 million). Now the administration later lost interest in its own initiative, but they did put some money in up-front. Notably, when the Obama administration announced their asteroid mission, they never actually put real money into it. They were told at several points that they should fund precursor missions, including an asteroid survey mission (essentially JPL's NEOCam), but they didn't do that. This was an indicator that they were not really interested in the mission and were simply talking about it as a smokescreen.

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Re: National Space Council Reestablished
« Reply #121 on: 10/09/2017 02:56 PM »
Commercial sector is close to starting robotic missons to moon with initial missions privately funded. With or without NASA leadership and government money commercial sector is going to moon....

Any day now, for real.
While the private sector is offering better launcher options than in 2010 they're not going to the moon with their own money. Landings are only going to happen if NASA pays for them.

The best move here would be to fund robotic missions to investigate the feasibility of extracting hydrogen from permanently shadowed craters. This needs to proven to the point where lunar ISRU can be incorporated as a baseline assumption in all landing plans, like it is for Mars.

Offline yg1968

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Re: National Space Council Reestablished
« Reply #122 on: 10/13/2017 02:06 AM »
An interesting article on the 45 day report requested by the National Space Council:

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Re: National Space Council Reestablished
« Reply #123 on: 10/13/2017 03:37 AM »
Supposing that some private entity could license the technology for Resource Prospector, just like Bigelow licensed Transhab, and then further develop it for NASA under contract?

It seems like Public-Private Partnership is yielding results that haven't been achieved under purely public or purely private auspices.