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In Case Dennis Tito was Wondering if I Can Help Him Spend His Money

21 Nov 2013, 12:35 UTC
In Case Dennis Tito was Wondering if I Can Help Him Spend His Money
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My initial gut feeling on looking over the Inspiration Mars documents is that it's much less likely to happen. Instead of using existing rockets, the updated plan requires the SLS in 2017, and the initial SLS flight is scheduled for 2017. SLS is could easily have a schedule slip due to budget, management, or technical issues. The plan also requires commercial crew to be ready in 2017, and many of the Congressional interests on the space committees are hostile to that program. It requires an accelerated development of an SLS upper stage, a radically-redesigned Orion capsule for Earth return, and a Cygnus-based habitat that also represents big changes from the current system. It requires big changes in NASA's HSF plans, an influx of NASA funding to get many of these things done, a willingness by NASA to engage in such a partnership, changes to ISS plans to test parts of the system, and a big change in NASA's HSF risk posture. I could see one or two of these things happening, but that is too many for me to believe are possible.To be honest, I didn't think the original Inspiration Mars mission was going to happen, either. However, I thought ...

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