So what will be happening in human spaceflight in 2022, five years from now?I will go first.SpaceX will be preparing to launch people to Mars, having landed and set up equipment and a base there already.ESA will have a base on the moon, operated like the ISS.ISS will still be up there, still doing zero gravity research.NASA will be using an orbital spaceplane, which replaced SLS and Orion years ago.NASA will have sent robots to Europa, which are now drilling into the surface.
So what will be happening in human spaceflight in 2022, five years from now?
Quote from: scienceguy on 10/14/2017 04:32 pmSo what will be happening in human spaceflight in 2022, five years from now?Commercial Crew vehicles will be conducting regular crew rotation flights to the ISS. <snip>ISS extended to at least 2026. Likely 2028. <snip>SLS/Orion will be gearing up for the EM-2 flight. DSG and a reusable manned lunar lander are under development.
But may I respectfully ask how one envisions NASA having the funds to simultaneously operating ISS, flying SLS/Orion and developing a lunar lander? Can I reasonably conclude that you predict a significant budget boost?
My predictions for 2022 are thus:
1) The Oort Cloud grows and blots out large swaths of the universe from being viewed at Earth.2) Invisible asteroids permeate thru our solar system supplying not only the material essence of liquid water upon every object in our solar system, but also the vital nutrients of mitochondrial DNA, photosythentic precursors as well as the occasional seeds of extraterrestrial bacteria.
3) The climate on Mars continues to generate ample sustainable resources for human life, livestock and agriculture. The lakes at the top of Olympus Mons begin to teem with life, so abundant, that a mission to begin terraforming is funded by all nations on Earth.
9) Colleges and universities discover that a large majority of enrolling students are seeking a formal education in order pursue a career in space. Bachelors level as well as advanced degrees for deep space exploration, astronautics and flight testing are offered throughout all the Ivy League as well as other major conferences (SEC, Big 10, Pac 10 and many others).