OldSpace can be NewSpace too – Live Show 4.11

STS-134 is going to be awesome, busy and more awesome! NASA Awards over a quarter billion to next generation space companies to develop spaceships capable of sending humans to the International Space Station. Lockheed Martin details plans to go to Mars, well, close to Mars. China may get Space Race 2.0 going, but is that a good thing?

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  1. Kelly Starks on April 26, 2011 at 12:02 am

    As to could we get back to the moon in 9 years now. No. We are not the nation we were in the early ’60’s. We’ve lost most (90%-99%) of the aerospace industry. Were about to virtually eliminate the human space related parts if Congress doesn’t fund some significant program. Our education systems down from then (how many folks study engineering now?). We have phased out most of our industrial manufacturing capacity. (in the ’60’s we sold industrial and tech things to the world, and bought raw material. Now we sell food, lumber and other raw materials and import manufactured goods.)

    The question isn’t could the US get back to the moon in 10years. The question is will we have a aerospace industry in 10 years. Its a question leaders in the aerospace industry are very worried about.

  2. Phil on April 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Hey, just an outside look on the space-race issue: To me, the space-race back then was more of a tie… Russia put the first man into space, did the first space walk and had the first long-term space station – the US put the first man on the moon and built the space shuttle. So I think both did a fantastic job…

  3. Marc on April 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

    hey guys

    love your show. watch it regularly.
    in your last show 4.11 there were 1 or 2 comments, where I thought “oops”.

    you said something like:
    “landing on deimos (pronunciation /?da?m?s/ or /?di?m?s/) is like landing on the moon; we have done that before.”
    actually it’s not. look at the data:
    this thing is sooooo small.
    Dimensions 15 × 12.2 × 10.4 km
    Gravity 0.0039 m/s² (3.9 mm/s²) 0.00040g (400 µg)
    Escape velocity 5.6 m/s (20 km/h)
    moving around and working there will be difficult. it’s almost a 0g environment. so I think it could be compared to working outside the iss rather than on “our” moon.

    and comparing deimos and phobos, you said:
    “deimos is farther out form mars, which means it’s closer to us… easier to get there…”
    deimos is farther away form mars but it’s only about 23,460 km (14,580 mi) from mars. compared to earth, deimos is roughly 10 times closer to mars than the moon is to earth.
    so it’s not important that it’s “way out here…”

    as I said, love your show; just wanted to give you some feedback.

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