Space Race?

Talk about a Space Race (or should that be a One-Horse race?)

I’ve just been having a peek at SpaceX’s website, and i’m blown away at how active they are, compared to any other Private (or Public) Space agencies. Here’s some Launch Stats from January 2017 till now, which are available on the SpaceX page, and the excellent Gunters Space Page:

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So, if there have been 14 launches from the USA this year, and 10 of them are SpaceX, what exactly is anyone else doing? The fact that SpaceX has launched more than either Russia or China is also quite telling.

What’s most telling though is that they’ve only used the one type of rocket for all of their launches, which tells me they’ve really got their design down. This year already they’ve launched 2 re-supply missions to the ISS, and the rest have been satellite launches for private corporations.

Elon Musk is quite keen to tell the world that what they’ve achieved this without the benefit of Subsidies too.

“Worth noting that Boeing/Lockheed (“Other US” on chart) get a billion dollar annual subsidy even if they launch nothing. SpaceX does not. https://t.co/Mi27ZnYLRJ

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 13, 2017″

Maybe that’s the answer? Send that money to SpaceX, they’ll make much better use of it!

Anton Kossmann

No Money for Mars? What?

This is beginning to read like a Soap Opera. NASA has turned around and admitted that their current budget might not allow them to achieve their goals of a 2030 presence on the red Planet (They do state that their budget might increase in the future, but who’s to know?)

The biggest stumbling block right now appears to be Landing on Mars, and then leaving again. The technologies don’t exist, and NASA is spending most of it’s funding on the SLS, which is designed to get man to Mars in the first place.

But why? Why are NASA spending so much money on a Launch System (Working with Boeing) when SpaceX has already almost overtaken them with its Falcon rocket system? Why not allow and support SpaceX in continuing to develop this system, and turn it’s focus instead to the tricky challenge of landing us on the planet?

Once on Mars, Bigelow enterprises are working on feasible habitat systems – let them carry on doing that, which is another thing off NASA’s shoulders.

SpaceX have announced they’d like to have a man on Mars by 2025. if their target is 5 years earlier than NASA’s, and, based on their current rate of development, seems pretty feasible, why is NASA not working with them to achieve that? Why have a separate timeline?

C’mon guys, get it together!

Anton Kossmann

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