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Early Testing and Demonstrations on the Depots and Rotovators

26 Nov 2017, 00:28 UTC
Early Testing and Demonstrations on the Depots and Rotovators
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Doug Plata has done some detailed comments on the suggestions, ideas, and differences from his ideas that my posts laid out in minimal form. His comments deserve better than I can do in a little comment window. Probably better than I can do in a post, but I won’t admit that part in public. It is my opinion that these technologies would speed up Lunar development, expand the possible scope of operations, and cut the cost in the process. They do carry risk though, which is Dougs’ objection, along with getting permission to use them in the first place.
I did a post on my views on the Lunar hoverslam landings. This one is how I see the depot and rotovator getting underway. I think initial proof of concepts and bringing the TRL up to snuff should be done on company internal resources without fighting the Federal funding battles.
The only real reason depots are not in use now is that there is no real demand for them. A comment on one post noted that propellant in orbit was as valuable as dirt. A bitingly true statement as long as there are limited missions beyond LEO, and few satellites share ...

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