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Fraser
2008-Jan-16, 02:10 PM
NASA's Constellation Program has released an announcement that they are looking for people to evaluate the design of the Altair spacecraft that will land on the moon. So if you work in the science community or in a related industry, NASA wants your opinion. What they are looking for are evaluations of [...]

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Launch window
2008-Jan-16, 02:14 PM
Strange how they are not asking for anyone's opinion on the Ares-One aka 'The-Stick'

JonClarke
2008-Jan-16, 09:26 PM
Strange how they are not asking for anyone's opinion on the Ares-One aka 'The-Stick'

Altair is still a concept with a great many different configurations possible. Ares I is at a much more advanced stage, with few options.

Jon

Nadme
2008-Jan-16, 09:34 PM
Why are they seeking outside opinions?

Did they do this during the Apollo Era?

ravens_cry
2008-Jan-17, 08:20 AM
What I think what stinks worse then a roadkill skunk clam bake, is that the chose the name Project Orion for this whole project. If you know a little about nuclear rocketry, you know the original Project Orion would make 'The Stick' look like a walking stick. One of the most visionary, and down right crazy, ideas ever to come out of the Cold War, this came out in the 50's and could, if built, put a nuclear submarine in orbit. Yes, it had its dangers, yes it had its risks, and yes as an accident would have been a nightmare. But imagine it for a second, it was the big time, it was science-fiction space , without the fiction. Where do you think we would be now, if we did that then?

JonClarke
2008-Jan-17, 11:10 AM
What I think what stinks worse then a roadkill skunk clam bake, is that the chose the name Project Orion for this whole project. If you know a little about nuclear rocketry, you know the original Project Orion would make 'The Stick' look like a walking stick. One of the most visionary, and down right crazy, ideas ever to come out of the Cold War, this came out in the 50's and could, if built, put a nuclear submarine in orbit. Yes, it had its dangers, yes it had its risks, and yes as an accident would have been a nightmare. But imagine it for a second, it was the big time, it was science-fiction space , without the fiction. Where do you think we would be now, if we did that then?

One crazy scheme in the cold war should not monopolise the use of Orion for ever. After all, Titan refers to a family of missiles and rockets, but also several ships nd a helicopter squadron. Apollo can man not only a program but several ships, a military operation, a submarine cable, and a laser ranging facility.

The best that could be said about the original Orion project was that it was inadvisable rocket science. The 50 or so nuclear explostrions just for earth escape would have resulted in massive contamination of the atmosphere, near Earth space, and major probems with EMP thousands of km away from the flight path.

Jon

geonuc
2008-Jan-17, 12:27 PM
...and could, if built, put a nuclear submarine in orbit. Say what?! I don't think Orion involved launching a submarine.

Nadme asks a good question: does NASA solicit outside opinions regularly?

01101001
2008-Jan-17, 05:26 PM
Why are they seeking outside opinions?

Did they do this during the Apollo Era?

They're not asking opinions of ordinary man-in-the-street. They are looking for qualified opinions, valuable ones.

NASA press release: NASA Announces Study Proposal on Design of Human Lunar Lander (http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/jan/HQ_08008_Altair.html):


NASA is seeking responses in two primary areas before the release of a prime contract for lunar lander design, development, test and evaluation. Those areas include an evaluation of NASA's current developmental concept and innovative safety improvements, and recommendations for industry-government partnerships.

This broad agency announcement will be open to industry for 30 days from the issue date of Jan. 11.

NASA expects to award study contracts in the first quarter of 2008. A total of $1.5 million is available for awards. The maximum individual award amount is $350,000. The contract performance period is six months.

They seek proposals often. Google "nasa seeks" proposal (http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2005-42%2CGGLG%3Aen&q=%22nasa+seeks%22+proposal)

Nadme
2008-Jan-17, 05:34 PM
They're not asking opinions of ordinary man-in-the-street. They are looking for qualified opinions, valuable ones.

Yes, I know that. :)


They seek proposals often

Okay, thanks.