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flyingskippy    139

BFR 2.1? Raptor Second Stage? 

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Unobscured Vision    2,435

Indeed it does ... shhhh ...

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Beittil    480

 

What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall at those meetings :D

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Unobscured Vision    2,435

All information coming out of this meeting is embargoed. All Attendees including their credentials and representation is likewise embargoed.

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DocM    14,415
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The Ars article is longish, and what details there are indicate this s**t's getting serious

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DocM    14,415

Co-founder NASA KSC SwampWorks, planetary scientist, etc. etc.

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,435

..... aaaand he broke the embargo .... did they not tell people not to publicise their attendance there?! Yeesh ....

 

I'd been invited but couldn't get clearance due to the .. [ahem] "thing" ... that cost me my cushy Apprenticeship job a year ago. I'm still kicking myself in the rear over that one. :no: Gonna cause me problems later on, darn it.

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Beittil    480
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Keith Cowing has a list of attendees. Of course all the usual suspects are there, universities, NASA, etc. 

 

But when I saw Caterpillar in that list my heart jumped a bit... I can't wait to see the day when they would unveil some outlandish line of Mars hardened dirt movers and shovels. Omg omg

 

Fully robotic or maybe even with pressure canbins for human operation. Rrrrrrrrr

 

http://nasawatch.com/archives/2018/08/update-on-that.html

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Unobscured Vision    2,435
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Cat have been part of the plans since the beginning. Their regolith- and soil-moving equipment expertise is needed. Nobody builds dozers-n-stuff like they do.

 

And these aren't gonna be small-time, either. A good portion of the upmass heading to Mars will be a regolith-mover designed for that environment.

 

[EDIT] *At least on that first one or two ships ... more as needed.

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DocM    14,415

The US will be launching the LOP-G Power and Propulsion Element on a "commercial launcher."  PPE was originally manifested on the NASA Space Launch System (SLS.)

 

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-falcon-heavy-eyed-europe-japan-ula-spectacular-delta-heavy-launch/

 

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy eyed by Europe/Japan as ULA nails spectacular Delta Heavy launch

 

The first payload considering Falcon Heavy for launch services is the Japanese Space Agency’s (JAXA) HTV-X, and upgraded version of a spacecraft the country developed to assist in resupplying the International Space Station (ISS). HTV-X is primarily being designed with an ISS-resupply role still at the forefront, but Russianspaceweb recently reported that JAXA is seriously considering the development of a variant of the robotic spacecraft dedicated to resupplying the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOPG)
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That impressive performance would also be needed for another LOPG payload, this time for ESA’s 5-6 ton European System Providing Refueling Infrastructure and Telecommunications (ESPRIT) lunar station module. That component is unlikely to reach launch readiness before 2024, but ESA is already considering Falcon Heavy (over its own Ariane 6 rocket) in order to save some of the module’s propellant. Weighing 6 metric tons at most, Falcon Heavy could most likely launch ESPRIT while still recovering all three of its booster stages.
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