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(Twitter)   Today for the first time in nearly a half century, a human-rated spacecraft capable of orbiting Moon got mated to its launch vehicle. Link has a picture for both today and from 1968   (twitter.com) divider line
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2021-10-20 6:34:04 PM  
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2021-10-20 9:18:38 PM  
I wonder what changed the installation order for the escape system.
 
2021-10-20 9:36:57 PM  
It's about goddam time
 
2021-10-20 9:47:42 PM  
I didn't think they were officially "human rated" until after the unmanned check flights.
 
2021-10-20 9:49:03 PM  
And it's only a third heavier, doesn't carry a lander on the same rocket, and has taken twice as long
 
2021-10-20 10:01:16 PM  
I'd still put money on SpaceX getting to the moon before Boeing/Artemis.
 
2021-10-20 10:19:36 PM  

Archie Goodwin: I'd still put money on SpaceX getting to the moon before Boeing/Artemis.


This is first to the milepost, not first to the finish line.
 
2021-10-20 11:39:05 PM  
I'm looking forward to 20 years from now when next-gen comes out.  All the lessons from SLS and SpaceX will make some spectacular things possible for mars and beyond, and the commercial LEO stuff should be well established.

Unless a major world war derails things, I bet we have someone out to an asteroid by 2035.
 
2021-10-20 11:43:06 PM  

scanman61: I didn't think they were officially "human rated" until after the unmanned check flights.


That's not Orion is it?  I think that part of the design has already been up there with people.
 
2021-10-21 12:32:17 AM  

aungen: scanman61: I didn't think they were officially "human rated" until after the unmanned check flights.

That's not Orion is it?  I think that part of the design has already been up there with people.


Orion has only flown once as a boilerplate capsule missing a lot of parts including things like life support.

The only actual human capable US spacecraft is SpaceX Dragon.  Starliner might fly with people someday, maybe, but at least the entire thing flew once which is better than Orion
 
2021-10-21 3:10:00 AM  
JFC, Nasa is really trying to hype this Senator Pork Rocket.

A zero recovery Falcon super heavy could do it also and have fuel to spare
 
2021-10-21 6:10:13 AM  

kkinnison: JFC, Nasa is really trying to hype this Senator Pork Rocket.

A zero recovery Falcon super heavy could do it also and have fuel to spare


THat is not even remotely true. The SLS  has a vastly larger lift than a Falcon heavy. There is no such thing as a Falcon Super Heavy BTW.

Now the SLS still has to show it can work without blowing up. And it is inexcusably behind schedule and criminally over budget especially since it is basically decades old technology.

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2021-10-21 6:20:35 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: kkinnison: JFC, Nasa is really trying to hype this Senator Pork Rocket.

A zero recovery Falcon super heavy could do it also and have fuel to spare

THat is not even remotely true. The SLS  has a vastly larger lift than a Falcon heavy. There is no such thing as a Falcon Super Heavy BTW.

Now the SLS still has to show it can work without blowing up. And it is inexcusably behind schedule and criminally over budget especially since it is basically decades old technology.

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It just occurred to me that his "Falcon Super Heavy" is Starship/Superheavy. That is not a Falcon. And his claim would still be wrong. Starship can't get to the Moon with fuel to spare. It must be launched into orbit and be refueled by multiple other Starships before it can go to the Moon.
 
2021-10-21 6:41:22 AM  

Archie Goodwin: I'd still put money on SpaceX getting to the moon before Boeing/Artemis.


And they establish Gilead on the moon. I am done with Musk.
 
2021-10-21 10:21:06 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: kkinnison: JFC, Nasa is really trying to hype this Senator Pork Rocket.

A zero recovery Falcon super heavy could do it also and have fuel to spare

THat is not even remotely true. The SLS  has a vastly larger lift than a Falcon heavy. There is no such thing as a Falcon Super Heavy BTW.

Now the SLS still has to show it can work without blowing up. And it is inexcusably behind schedule and criminally over budget especially since it is basically decades old technology.

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I've seen that before.  I thought the SLS used some old topper, as well as the SRB's from shuttle? HECK, we would all be farther along if the US hadn't mothballed 2/3 of its program in the 80's. But having all of this happen now is pretty fantastic.  All the LEO stuff going mostly commercial, and all the HEO+ going to SpaceX and SLS as backup (or vice versa), I will not complain one bit.

Again, I cannot wait to see what the next-gen looks like from anyone in the 2040's.  Assuming we don't arse it up again.
 
2021-10-21 2:09:33 PM  
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2021-10-21 10:18:32 PM  

CheatCommando: Archie Goodwin: I'd still put money on SpaceX getting to the moon before Boeing/Artemis.

And they establish Gilead on the moon. I am done with Musk.


I'd imagine Musk's moon would be less Gilead and more "Harsh Mistress"

/TANSTAAFL
 
2021-10-22 6:15:18 AM  

scanman61: CheatCommando: Archie Goodwin: I'd still put money on SpaceX getting to the moon before Boeing/Artemis.

And they establish Gilead on the moon. I am done with Musk.

I'd imagine Musk's moon would be less Gilead and more "Harsh Mistress"

/TANSTAAFL


If Musk was an actual libertarian, he'd oppose Abbott. Instead he fellates him.
 
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