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Offline ChrisWilson68

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Re: Blue Origin's Cis-lunar Development Strategy (Speculation)
« Reply #20 on: 07/21/2020 11:41 am »
Right now they have 5 major components in active development. New Glenn, 2 sizes of Blue Moon, the transfer stage, and the ascent vehicle.
These elements combined are enough to start a propellant mining and transfer system in the not far off future.

You seem to be ignoring the actual mining.  Water isn't going to leap off the bottom of a crater into their tanks.

Of course a mining element can be developed, but it's not trivial.  I think saying the elements you list are "enough" is overstating how close they are to getting there.

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Re: Blue Origin's Cis-lunar Development Strategy (Speculation)
« Reply #21 on: 07/21/2020 03:50 pm »
Water isn't going to leap off the bottom of a crater into their tanks.

Ya think?  ::)

Mining and ISRU is obviously something that would need to be developed in order to create a partially closed loop cis-lunar transportation system. My sentence didn't describe the entire system required in it's accuracy.

"These elements combined are could be enough to start a provide the transportation elements of a propellant mining and transfer system in the not far off future."

Better now?

This thread is an attempt at unraveling Blue's potential "strategy" of cis-lunar development based on the active projects that are known. Blue Origin has stated a long term goal of "millions of  people living and working in space" but Blue can't be bothered to say how any of that will actually occur.  So this thread is an attempt at answering the question "Do they have the pieces to actually start doing this?"  Well sort of... they list ISRU on their long term roadmap.

We have no idea if lunar propellant mining is problem Blue intends to solve or one that Bezos hopes will materialize out of the "market" and "entrepreneurship".
« Last Edit: 07/21/2020 04:22 pm by GWH »

Offline TrevorMonty

Water isn't going to leap off the bottom of a crater into their tanks.

Ya think?  ::)

Mining and ISRU is obviously something that would need to be developed in order to create a partially closed loop cis-lunar transportation system. My sentence didn't describe the entire system required in it's accuracy.

"These elements combined are could be enough to start a provide the transportation elements of a propellant mining and transfer system in the not far off future."

Better now?

This thread is an attempt at unraveling Blue's potential "strategy" of cis-lunar development based on the active projects that are known. Blue Origin has stated a long term goal of "millions of  people living and working in space" but Blue can't be bothered to say how any of that will actually occur.  So this thread is an attempt at answering the question "Do they have the pieces to actually start doing this?"  Well sort of... they list ISRU on their long term roadmap.

We have no idea if lunar propellant mining is problem Blue intends to solve or one that Bezos hopes will materialize out of the "market" and "entrepreneurship".
For ISRU need a lander first to deliver equipment and lift water off surface. Which is why they started developing Blue Moon lander. Artemis project gave them a reason to switch to crew lander earlier than they probably planned.

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