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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #40 on: 04/06/2017 02:15 AM »
Please note that no one has demonstrated a hydrolox stage with ZBO necessary for such a mission.

Also, a methalox propulsion lander would need a similar means as well.

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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #41 on: 04/06/2017 02:37 AM »
Why do we need zero boil-off, again? Oh right, we don't. Small amount of boil-off is fine.
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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #42 on: 04/06/2017 03:29 AM »
Why do we need zero boil-off, again? Oh right, we don't. Small amount of boil-off is fine.
Ok.

Please calculate the boil-off for a hydrolox stage that launches to parking orbit, does TLI, coasts 3-4 days, does LOI to LLO, two orbits - about 8-10 hours, does PDI,  and hour of life and perhaps a braking burn.

You'll find irrespective of the other requirement of continuous power to keep the stage alive (something like a kilowatt base, improvable with stage power downs / bring ups, which are a bit chancy beyond prelaunch conditioning) that you'll lose a minimum of 60-70% of your props over that time.

If you don't, I'd really love to see how you bring that off, and so would a lot of other talented folk. Oh, and that's not all - remember its an US and all that goes with it, including the mass budget to do so.

In short, it's all about weight budget and getting payload to the surface. With ZBF your trades for preserving mass look the best.

If we're to be doing Amazon Prime to the lunar surface, perhaps you don't want to end up just delivering a bag of Kona coffee with each mission?

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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #43 on: 04/06/2017 06:05 AM »
Why do we need zero boil-off, again? Oh right, we don't. Small amount of boil-off is fine.
Ok.

Please calculate the boil-off for a hydrolox stage that launches to parking orbit, does TLI, coasts 3-4 days, does LOI to LLO, two orbits - about 8-10 hours, does PDI,  and hour of life and perhaps a braking burn.

With passive thermal management and 40 MLI layers, about 8% annually for an EELV-sized hydrogen tank, or about 2-3% per year for the same number of layers on a 200 mt tank.  I think the claim was pretty close to zero for ACES with IVF.  Unless I'm missing something? 

ACES with a XEUS kit?

http://www.ulalaunch.com/uploads/docs/Published_Papers/Upper_Stages/ACES-Stage_Concept-AIAASpace_2015.pdf

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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #45 on: 04/08/2017 01:20 AM »
Or one can just put 25 tons on the lunar surface and return to orbit with something a little more elaborate.  :)

http://www.ulalaunch.com/uploads/docs/Published_Papers/Upper_Stages/ACES-Stage_Concept-AIAASpace_2015.pdf

I have a sneaking suspicion that Blue and ULA will find more areas of cooperation over the next few years.  A NG would do a nice job tanking up an ACES depot in L2.

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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #46 on: 04/26/2017 03:01 PM »
From today's senate hearing:

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Jeff Foust‏ @jeff_foust

Meyerson: Blue willing to invest in “Blue Moon” lunar lander concept in partnership with NASA; return to Moon worthy national goal.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/857242844934877185

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Eric Berger Retweeted Jeff Foust

Willing to invest "significantly." Which IMO is significant.
https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/857242959653351424

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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #47 on: 04/26/2017 08:47 PM »
From today's senate hearing:

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Jeff Foust‏ @jeff_foust

Meyerson: Blue willing to invest in “Blue Moon” lunar lander concept in partnership with NASA; return to Moon worthy national goal.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/857242844934877185

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Eric Berger ‏Verified account @SciGuySpace

Eric Berger Retweeted Jeff Foust

Willing to invest "significantly." Which IMO is significant.
https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/857242959653351424
Ok, so now it is only a question of When not If.

It will happen, but when will the first launch of the BML occur?
Did he mention a NET date for first landing?

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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #48 on: 09/30/2017 01:29 AM »
I hope SpaceX's announcement of BFR being capable of Lunar landings puts enough pressure on BO to finally release something juicy about Blue Moon.
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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #49 on: 09/30/2017 02:15 AM »
Just send moneytm
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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #50 on: 10/06/2017 12:36 AM »
So at the first National Space Council meeting today, the concept of returning to the Moon within 5 years was brought up in the first panel. Blue Origin was in the second, and said that the Blue Moon lander could be completed "...within the next 5 years."

The video of the meeting is available on the White House YouTube channel. The comment about Blue Moon is at 1:05:25

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Re: Blue Moon Lunar Lander
« Reply #51 on: 10/06/2017 02:13 AM »
So far it's pleasing to hear about the Blue Moon Lander.  Perhaps it will be to Luna what Red Dragon may be to Mars. ..

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