SLS and Orion: June 2015 Archives

Bush's former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin says Obama's Space Launch System 'next essential step': guest opinion, Huntsville Times

"The SLS vehicle design materialized from an extensive, unbiased set of NASA technical studies which compared all possible scenarios, with a focus on efficiency and budget constraints."

Keith's note: "Unbiased", eh Mike? Nothing about "Apollo on Steroids" using Ares 1-X etc which also arose from what you call "an extensive, unbiased set of NASA technical studies which compared all possible scenarios" -- or the proscriptive language from the Senate (where did that come from, hmm?) as to what old Space Shuttle parts NASA was ordered to use along with left overs from your stalled and overpriced Ares program. (Sigh) I guess if you say this often enough in op eds people will eventually start to believe it out of sheer tedium and lack of long term memory - until there are problems with the launch vehicle in question. THEN they start to wonder how we got here to begin with. Rather, how we are still not out there as you and others had promised we'd be by now.

Then there's this other whopper from Mike: "And, contrary to some suggestions, SLS launches will cost no more than existing commercial U.S. systems - which are currently advertised at about $4.5 million per ton of payload." How can you possibly make such a statement when the number of launches is unknown - and a lot of SLS development was paid for by Ares V and not included in Mike's secret math. But who cares, right? No one inside or outside of NASA has ever grasped what it really costs for the agency to develop and launch things.

This op ed piece also appeared in The Hill last week. Oddly the same exact words in the Mike Griffin/Dan Dumbacher op ed in the Huntsville times ("Contrary to some suggestions, the SLS will be very competitive with the advertised price of commercial U.S. systems - on the order of $4.5 million per ton of payload.") are to be found in an op ed "U.S. will keep lead in space with NASA's launch system" that appeared several days ago in the Orlando Sentinel - but this op ed has Doug Cooke and Steve Cook as the authors. If you read the Huntsville Times and Orlando Sentinel op eds side by side you will see that they were clearly written by the same people. Once again the Ares V mafia is mounting a PR effort to convince everyone that they were right all along.

NASA makes music video for its huge new Mars rocket, CNet

"The minute-long animated teaser below, posted Tuesday, might manage to pump up those of us nerds who have been following NASA's ambitious yet often agonizingly slow (20 more years to Mars? Really? But we got to the Moon in 10 with the processing power of a graphing calculator...) plans to explore deeper into the solar system. However, the uninitiated might be more likely to respond with, "What's this? NASA made a video game?"

Keith's note: The video contains the shaky camera angles and "Matrix"-like slo-mo effects that are trendy these days. As for the "music", well it is just awful.


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