https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1374409475616960523Quote NASA has posted the slides for its industry briefing later today on commercial LEO destinations. Key takeaway: they now plan to award several funded Space Act Agreements for initial concept studies, then purchase “destination services” when available. https://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/CLD/
NASA has posted the slides for its industry briefing later today on commercial LEO destinations. Key takeaway: they now plan to award several funded Space Act Agreements for initial concept studies, then purchase “destination services” when available. https://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/CLD/
Media Teleconference: 1st Private Astronaut Mission with Axiom Space:
Jebbo sorry but in my opinion you are looking at the wrong thing. You look at sleeping quarters, while the thing you have to look at is ECLSS systems capability. To show you graphically I've updated the system rack topology.
I think the important thing to do in the ISS is micro gravity research/science/production. Not accommodating for as many as possible visiting and micro-G ruining astronauts/tourists.In my opinion space tourism and microG science can't be combined in the same station.
....I'm hoping there will be multiple stations soon: not just for tourism, but some industrial protoyping stuff (e.g. fibre optics)--- Tony
Quote from: jebbo on 07/24/2021 05:44 am....I'm hoping there will be multiple stations soon: not just for tourism, but some industrial protoyping stuff (e.g. fibre optics)--- TonyLet the SX-Starship fly! Each SS in orbit can and will be a big spacestation for many weeks!
Fun fact: 20 percent of the research payloads on ISS, for the entire history of the station, have been flown and operated in the last 2 years.
Question: Oooh, that is a fun fact! What accounts for that increase?Answer: Being a ground systems guy, I'm not the best positioned to know, but from the discussions I am part of:1. Commercial Crew allows additional crew time for payload ops = more payloads2. Commercial cargo capabilities are helping us fly more payloads, especially sorties.3. Continuing push of ISS as research platform/commercialization/commercial partners4. we're getting a lot of new payloads, rather than repeats/refly/tweaks to existing payloads.For the team here at ISS Payload Ops, the big story is that we've been able to support this huge increase while supporting in our pandemic posture.
NASA has updated the Private Astronaut Mission Flight Opportunities synopsis with postings of Pre-Proposal presentation charts, attendees & interested parties list, and Q&As.https://sam.gov/opp/5b970d59bbe848fb89d88502e1d74b2a/viewCopies of documents attached.
4) Question: This NRA [NASA Research Announcement] requires a USOS ride - can a proposal address an alternative or propose a vehicle other than a Crew Dragon?Answer: Yes. Proposals may address alternatives or propose vehicles other than a Crew Dragon. If the PAM Provider contracts with a Transportation Provider other than a certified USCV additional NASA assessment and agreement may have to be negotiated and finalized prior to execution of a contractual instrument or agreement. Prospective proposers that propose a transportation vehicle, such as a Crew Dragon, alternative or otherwise, must meet the requirements of Section 2.2 of PACE Annex 1, and any additional expense for NASA to verify that the vehicle meets requirements will be incurred by the PAM Provider.5) Question: If SpaceX chooses not to engage with anyone on the procurement of a ride other than their already announced agreement and Boeing doesn't have a certified vehicle available, how would you suggest anyone other than Axiom propose to this NRA [NASA Research Announcement]?Answer: NASA cannot address any questions associated with proposal partnerships or competition sensitive data. Proposals will be evaluated based on capability to meet requirements as outlined in the NRA solicitation. For any areas that are still in work, proposers should outline their future plans to meet requirements.
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