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Bolden: Inspiration Mars is Not Inspirational (Update)

Chairman Smith Responds to NASA Administrator Bolden about Mars Flyby Mission “In comments before the National Academies, Administrator Bolden today misrepresented a Mars Flyby 2021 mission. The Administrator indicated that a Mars Flyby is not a worthy stepping stone to an eventual Mars landing because it doesn’t demonstrate technologies. That is factually incorrect. Experts have testified that a Mars Flyby mission would utilize the Space Launch System, architecture that will […]

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  • April 3, 2014
Bait and Switch For Mars – Hardly Inspirational

Inspiration Mars Sets Sights on Venus/Mars Flyby in 2021, Dennis Tito, opinion, SpaceNews “Today, the IMF remains fully committed to its vision to help provide America with a viable, challenging and inspirational mission to Mars as a way to help accelerate our nation’s plans for space exploration. However, given the extensive use of NASA assets that are already funded and under development, the strategy to pursue the mission opportunity in […]

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  • March 4, 2014
Ignoring The Mars Flyby Sticker Shock

Cooke: America needs a plan for space exploration, Opinion, Houston Chronicle “Through logical progression and meaningful missions, I believe Americans will be motivated to support appropriate but reasonable budgets, that are commensurate with the value of the plan and the work needed to accomplish it. We cannot afford to delay or prolong the debate, because timing is critical to catch the unique planetary alignment that makes the first step possible […]

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  • February 28, 2014
Is Inspiration Mars a "NASA Mission"? It Depends Who You Ask

Statement of NASA Spokesman David Weaver Regarding Commercial Space and Inspiration Mars “NASA has had conversations with Inspiration Mars to learn about their efforts and will continue discussions with them to see how the agency might collaborate on mutually-beneficial activities that could complement NASA’s human spaceflight, space technology and Mars exploration plans. Inspiration Mars’ proposed schedule is a significant challenge due to life support systems, space radiation response, habitats, and […]

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  • November 20, 2013
Inspiration Mars Wants To Use ISS

Volunteers Line Up For Tito’s Mars Flyaround, Aviation Week “Doug Cooke, a recently retired top NASA manager who spearheaded exploration-systems development for the agency, has joined the private group’s board advisors, MacCallum said. … MacCallum said work has already started on ground facilities to test the life support hardware, which will be largely crew tended for simplicity, but will be designed effectively to give two-fault-tolerant redundancy comparable to NASA safety […]

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  • April 15, 2013
Inspiration Mars Is Drinking the SLS Koolaid

Feasibility Analysis for a Manned Mars Free-Return Mission in 2018, Inspiration Mars, Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon colloquium Keith’s note: One chart in this presentation lists using SLS as an option. What are these people smoking? They cannot afford to buy one of these launches at $1 billion or more, NASA certainly is not going to give them one for free, and its not certain that SLS will even be […]

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  • April 4, 2013
Inspiration Mars Is Being Pushed by NASA To Consider SLS

Keith’s note: After interaction with/pressure from NASA JSC and MSFC Inspiration Mars is now considering use of single launch of SLS for their mission. Of course, the use of SLS for Inspiration Mars is problematic if a 2018 launch is required. And even if the launch happens would NASA allow it to be used on on of the very first flights for a mission that many inside NASA think is […]

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  • March 28, 2013
Tweaking Inspiration Mars

Inspiration Mars: Some Thoughts About Their Plan, Dennis Wingo, SpaceRef “While as of yet the plan is incomplete, it is a baseline from which to build on, and most importantly it does, I think, what Mr. Tito intended, which is to change the conversation about exploring beyond Earth orbit. I am not interested in comparing the Inspiration Mars plan to NASA’s plans but to focus on what could be done […]

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  • March 8, 2013
How Dennis Tito Plans To Send People to Mars

This Is How Dennis Tito Plans To Send People to Mars, SpaceRef “If Dennis Tito has his way, two people will leave our planet in January 2018 and make a trip to Mars and back. Tito will be footing much of the bill himself. This mission won’t stop at Mars, but rather, will do a quick flyby. Unlike the spate of space commerce companies that have flashed on and off […]

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  • February 27, 2013
Dennis Tito To Announce Private Human Mars Mission (Update)

The Planets are Aligning for a Once-in-a-Generation Space Journey “The Inspiration Mars Foundation, a newly formed nonprofit organization led by American space traveler and entrepreneur Dennis Tito, invites you to attend a press conference detailing its plans to take advantage of a unique window of opportunity to launch an historic journey to Mars and back in 501 days, starting in January 2018. This “Mission for America” will generate new knowledge, […]

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  • February 26, 2013