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(Washington Post)   Do you have an extra $750 million lying around? If you do, you can go to the moon, Alice   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
    More: Cool, golden spike, lunar mission, Alan Stern, National Academy of Engineering, expeditions, Mars landing, Norman Augustine  
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2012-12-06 05:04:21 PM  
2 votes:
Let's get this out of the way.
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2012-12-06 05:30:50 PM  
1 vote:

way south: XMark: Yeah, I'm kinda skeptical, considering that these guys don't actually have a rocket ready.

Look at Virgin Galactic, they've built a proven spaceplane and they have a much more humble goal of short sub-orbital space flights (that some of us might not even truly call space flights) and they've been delayed year after year on their plans. Like they're perpetually a year a way from their first commercial suborbital flights.

Now these noobs pop up out of nowhere promising the moon? Yeah right.

The difference is virgin/scaled are trying to fly a specialized vehicle they built themselves.
This other plan is to buy commercial hardware from proven vendors like energia and SpaceX.

Will it work? Possibly.
The trickiest part is to get the lander. Everything else is buying parts off the shelf and doing math.

I can just see the CEO of Golden Spike reading your post and screaming at a subordinate saying, "I was told there would be no math!"
2012-12-06 05:07:46 PM  
1 vote:
One would have to be a Lunatic.
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