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    Bridenstine confirms the push to the moon and also to Mars.

    http://spacenews.com/bridenstine-emp...s-exploration/

    A day after telling one audience that the U.S. was returning to the moon, new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine reassured another that Mars remained a goal for the agency as well.

    Speaking May 9 at the Humans to Mars Summit here, Bridenstine said that NASA’s implementation of national space exploration policy signed by President Trump in December, calling for a human return to the moon, didn’t mean NASA was no longer pursuing eventual human missions to Mars.

    “If some of you are concerned that our focus in the coming years is the moon, don’t be,” he said. “The president’s vision has emphasized that our Exploration Campaign will establish American leadership in the human exploration of Mars. We are doing both the moon and Mars, in tandem, and the missions are supportive of each other.”

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    "New NASA Chief Bridenstine Says Humans Contribute to Climate Change 'in a Major Way'"!

    https://www.space.com/40640-nasa-chi...te-change.html

    In a NASA town hall yesterday (May 17), NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth's climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it "in a major way," also supporting NASA's research into that important area. The statement is significant because Bridenstine has expressed doubt about human-caused climate change in the past, causing some to question his suitability to lead a fact-focused NASA.

    In 2013, as an Oklahoma congressman, Bridenstine claimed there was no current trend toward global warming. More recently, such as in his NASA administrator confirmation hearings last November, he has acknowledged that human activity contributes to climate change. But he had stopped short of saying that humans are the phenomenon's primary cause.

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    NASA is on a roll if we see the 2019 budget.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/casey...kes-shape.html

    In a surprising display of timeliness, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have both now released their funding bills for NASA in fiscal year 2019. The two bills are broadly consistent in their repudiation of cuts and reorganizations of major NASA programs, support for the Administration's lunar ambitions, and generous top lines for NASA's budget.

    However, there are significant differences, and those differences will be the point of negotiations that will now begin between the two committees. It is very likely that there will be no votes on a final bill until November or December, after the election.

    Below is a table comparing proposed funding levels of some programs and directorates between last year's final budget, the President's Budget Request, and the House and Senate bills.

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    Trump now wants the US to dominate space, Moon and Mars - for that he will have to increase the budget and work more closely with the US commercial players.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Tr..._Mars_999.html

    President Donald Trump boasted Monday of the US commercial space industry's deep wallet and enterprising spirit, and vowed US dominance in exploration of the Moon and Mars, as well as any future space race.

    "America will always be the first in space," Trump said during a speech at the White House.

    "We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We've always led," he added.

    "My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation."

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    "My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation."

    Reclaiming?

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    Dominate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedude View Post
    "My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation."

    Reclaiming?
    Marketing?


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    In the sense that there currently is no US manned launch capability, you could speak of reclaiming if you reintroduce that. Which administration(s) if any are responsible for making that happen, is another discussion.
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    I support the Space Force.

    It has been my opinion that space-related duties have been divvied up across other branches of the military to prevent a repeat of the formation of the USAF--which was the US Army air corp. Worse, the ABMA was dismantled--probably due to USAF pressure.

    The way things stand now, space advocates rank beneath the janitor at the Pentagon. With a truly distinct, and separate branch--they can belly up to the acquisitions bar and fight against the blank checks handed out to carrier groupies, the fighter mafia, etc.


    One possible duty of the Space Force might be asteroid mitigation.

    There seems to be a move away from the nuclear triad, and land based missiles looked to be on the chopping block for awhile. But no SLBM could ever do anything to an asteroid--being too weak and small, compared to the MX Peacekeeper.

    What I really want is something like Athena III, but in TAV type silos. There was a spaceplane that was to go atop something like a shuttle SRB but in a big silo--with only the payload above ground level, where it could be swapped out at a moment's notice.
    This could be a spaceplane, or perhaps a transient event payload for asteroid intercept.

    In this way, if something like 'Oumuamua should ever pass by--you could launch an intercept at a moment's notice--within a day or so. Storable solids with hypergolic fuel payloads allow for vehicles to be on station.

    I for one would prefer my tax dollars to go to that--as opposed to the F-35, say. Fighters cannot also help science and NASA. A Space Force actually can.

    You have to ask yourself a question. Apart from dropping a few X-15s, which symbol of the Cold War advanced science more?

    The B-52? Or the R-7?

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    more on ' Space Force '

    The leader of NASA stands behind Trump's Space Force
    https://www.cnet.com/news/the-leader...s-space-force/

    Astronaut Mark Kelly blasts Trump's Space Force plan
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/...dumb-idea.html

    NASA chief backs Trump's Space Force proposal
    https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/27/...orce-proposal/

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    Quote Originally Posted by publiusr View Post
    the ABMA was dismantled--probably due to USAF pressure.
    Aviation Boatswain Mates Association?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superluminal View Post
    Aviation Boatswain Mates Association?
    Army Ballistic Missile Agency.

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    While President is pushing for a Space Force, China wants to prevent a space arms race.

    https://gbtimes.com/china-urges-prev...pace-arms-race

    A senior Chinese official has called for international efforts to explore effective ways to avoid a possible arms race in space.

    Zhang Hanhui, China's assistant foreign minister, made the remarks at the opening of an international symposium jointly held by China, Russia and the United Nations (UN) in Beijing, which ran on Wednesday and Thursday, Xinhua reports.

    The symposium mainly discussed current space security situations, threats that may arise from countries stockpiling weapons that could be used above the planet and the forming of new laws.

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    Well that’s ironic since China is the only country known to have deliberately destroyed an orbiting satellite in order to test an anti-satellite system.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007...st?wprov=sfti1


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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Well that’s ironic since China is the only country known to have deliberately destroyed an orbiting satellite in order to test an anti-satellite system.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007...st?wprov=sfti1


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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    While President is pushing for a Space Force, China wants to prevent a space arms race.

    https://gbtimes.com/china-urges-prev...pace-arms-race

    selvaarchi, this post is problematic because it violates our "no-politics except [...] rule". Rule 12 states:

    However, the following exceptions apply:

    A) Political impact upon space programs, exploration, and science.
    This isn't really about impact on space programs, it is primarily about international and military politics that happen to include space. That's not what the exceptions in rule 12 were intended for. Aside from the topic in general, your first line is a fine example of the kind of political flame-bait we do not want. Infraction issued, please don't post such opinion articles on pure political (national or international) again. And in case of doubt if something is acceptable, please ask a mod first.

    Thread reopened. Remember that the sidetrack on ASAT weaponry is, in this particular context, also unwanted.
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    Bridenstine express his views on US space future.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/featu...e-moon-forever

    The vision is: NASA does things that nobody else can or will do. So if there’s a robust commercial space industry in low Earth orbit, then NASA doesn’t need to be there. We want to be one of many customers in the mature economic domain we’re hoping low Earth orbit will become in a matter of years.

    What NASA can do is go further. So we use our resources to go to the moon, and we build an architecture around the moon that includes landers that can get us to the surface, initially with robots and rovers and eventually with humans. And we build a gateway, an outpost around the moon [the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, planned for the 2020s], so that everything is reusable. We want to build an architecture that has NASA’s critical infrastructure, so that our commercial partners can go to the surface of the moon, and our international partners can go to the surface of the moon, and NASA can go to the surface of the moon. We call it the Gateway, but it’s really an outpost that has human habitation capabilities.

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    Shades of Medaris' Troop rockets:
    https://spacenews.com/space-launch-v...und-the-world/

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    One important are that the Trump administration has "not given the sort of attention it should".

    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3554/1

    The main theme of the Trump Administration’s space policy has been to restore American leadership in space. During the campaign, candidate Trump asserted that the United States had lost its leadership role in space, and since coming into office, every Space Policy Directive and announcement has emphasized restoring that leadership. Many of those decisions have continued efforts started during the Obama Administration, and the United States has consistently been a world leader in nearly all areas of space capabilities and activities. However, there is one area of space activity where the US leadership has waned and is not being addressed by the Trump Administration: multilateral diplomacy, particularly on space security issues.
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    Nasa reveals plans to use Moon water to help build new space station and head to Mars
    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-a8503111.html

    Former Space Shuttle Commander and DARPA Executive Joins SPA Board of Directors
    http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=52990

    The US plan for a Space Force risks escalating a 'space arms race' from theconversation dot com
    https://theconversation.com/the-us-p...ms-race-101368


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    "Our administration is working tirelessly to put an American crew aboard the lunar orbital platform before the end of 2024." -VP Pence
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    Now we have a date when we can expect to see Americans walk the surface of the moon again.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2018...ps-presidency/

    “Our administration is working tirelessly to put an American crew aboard the lunar orbital platform before the end of 2024,” Pence said Thursday to a capacity audience inside Teague Auditorium on the space center campus.
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