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    NASA to fly commercial to anywhere

    OUTSTANDING!!

    ​​​​NASA's going all-in on commercial crew services.

    Jim Bridenstine ✓ @JimBridenstine
    BREAKING: @NASA is developing the process to fly astronauts on commercial suborbital spacecraft. Whether itís suborbital, orbital, or deep space, NASA will utilize our nationís innovative commercial capabilities. RFI will be released next week.
    https://t.co/MOvRMywZAK

    https://twitter.com/JimBridenstine/s...24182297374721

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    I was just thinking about the Tesla truck used as a lunar rover.
    If starship doesn’t work out, the digital dashboard would allow the cab to be the command module of a lander/ramp combination that has no cabin of its own—only an electrical socket/pigtail that may allow other attachments, towed cabins and the like—- true modularity that could be standardized among all players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    OUTSTANDING!!

    ​​​​NASA's going all-in on commercial crew services.

    Jim Bridenstine ✓ @JimBridenstine
    BREAKING: @NASA is developing the process to fly astronauts on commercial suborbital spacecraft. Whether it’s suborbital, orbital, or deep space, NASA will utilize our nation’s innovative commercial capabilities. RFI will be released next week.
    https://t.co/MOvRMywZAK

    https://twitter.com/JimBridenstine/s...24182297374721
    It's the deep space part there that's intriguing to me, that seems a significant change of direction.

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    Oh, sure, he says that, but I think somewhere around 3 AM in Delta economy class next to a crying baby Mr. Bridenstine might reconsider...
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