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Offline Proponent

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The flight will enable KSC to reatain the workforce, and will help in the fit trials/processing tests. Sure it wont be as efficient as an all up test, but your workforce gets something to do in the meantime.

It does rather play into the hands of those who argue that SLS is a first and foremost a jobs program while undermining the claim that SDHLV is a good idea because it re-uses flight-proven hardware.
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The flight will enable KSC to reatain the workforce, and will help in the fit trials/processing tests. Sure it wont be as efficient as an all up test, but your workforce gets something to do in the meantime.

It does rather play into the hands of those who argue that SLS is a first and foremost a jobs program while undermining the claim that SDHLV is a good idea because it re-uses flight-proven hardware.

There are folks who will argue that the Earth is flat too. Many things are done that it could be argued that they are jobs programs. But last time I checked, people needed jobs. Most, dare I say all, types of businesses have many overt and covert subsidies and are nowhere near as pure as people claim them to be. Training people usually is an ongoing major cost of doing anything that needs to be done perfectly or is complicated. Finding ways to retain your trained and experienced workforce isn't easy. Often what looks inefficient is actually quite efficient. NASA can decide what is the best way forward with the SLS.

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Good news is that ISS should not have shortfall problems with the new program. It will finally get what it needs and we can TRULY use it for the first time as a real research facility.

This vehicle will resupply ISS sometime between 2016 and never.  I'll be surprised if ISS doesn't suffer some sort of supply shortages at one or more times between 2011 and 2016.

Time is very precious. Sooner is much better than later. Pray.

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Now that the president has signed the bill what is the buzz inside NASA?

Are the wheels turning?  Have meetings been called to discuss next steps?  Is there a buzz in the hallways?   Is moral Up/Down/Sideways?

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Now that the president has signed the bill what is the buzz inside NASA?

Are the wheels turning?  Have meetings been called to discuss next steps?  Is there a buzz in the hallways?   Is moral Up/Down/Sideways?



Can't do anything until there is a budget. 

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Now that the president has signed the bill what is the buzz inside NASA?

Are the wheels turning?  Have meetings been called to discuss next steps?  Is there a buzz in the hallways?   Is moral Up/Down/Sideways?



Can't do anything until there is a budget. 

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For Immediate Release:



DIRECT Team Declares Success and Looks to the Future

13th October 2010
Cape Canaveral, Florida

The DIRECT Team congratulates and applauds the President, Senate, and the House of Representatives for passing legislation enabling NASA to begin work on the Space Launch System Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle, based on existing Space Shuttle components.

In 2006, the DIRECT Team began promoting a similar inline launcher, and over the next four years continued to refine the concept into the DIRECT architecture and the Jupiter family of launch vehicles. NASA has now begun developing their new launch vehicle based on virtually identical concepts. As a result, the DIRECT Team has brought its all-volunteer effort to a successful conclusion. “We did everything we set out to do and we declare success” said Chuck Longton, DIRECT Team co-founder. “Now it is time for the team to refocus on new goals.

Over the past four years, the DIRECT Team assembled a talented team from across the entire American aerospace industry. Following the successful conclusion of the DIRECT effort, the team has decided not to disband.  The team has chosen to refocus the enormous wealth of talent that has been collected, and channel this expertise in a completely new direction. Ross Tierney, original founder of the DIRECT Team said “Today, the DIRECT Team is pleased to announce the formation of a new space technology company: C-Star Aerospace, LLC.”

The core of the C-Star Aerospace team brings with them decades of experience and leadership in the space industry. The new team has already begun developing a variety of innovative new capabilities and technologies for both government and commercial industry. Over the next year, the company will be expanding its executive team and building a highly skilled workforce to ensure the success of this new commercial space enterprise.


About DIRECT:

Since 2006, the DIRECT Team – a volunteer group of over 90 aerospace-industry engineers, NASA managers and space-flight advocates – has made the case for reworking the existing Space Shuttle vehicle design and infrastructure into a powerful, yet cost-effective Heavy Lift launch system named “Jupiter”, similar to that outlined in the new legislation. The timeline and human-rating needs called for in the new Authorization Act make it overwhelmingly likely that existing Shuttle hardware and facilities will be adapted to create this new launch system, with possible inclusions of select components from the Constellation Program.

For more information, please visit www.directlauncher.com   and   www.cstaraerospace.com
 

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