3 thoughts on “Light Posting”

  1. It’s a shame Rand isn’t making Broccoliman/teddybear videos any more. Today’s House hearing on SLS/Orion provided some great material for one.


    Statement of William H. Gerstenmaier

    Orion and SLS are part of a larger exploration architecture that will enable multiple missions and destinations over the next few decades, including human missions to asteroids and Mars. Affordable manufacturing and operating costs will be important to the sustainability of SLS and Orion…

    The Orion spacecraft will be capable of taking humans farther into space than ever before, to multiple destinations as needed, and sustaining them in this challenging environment for longer than ever before. The Orion spacecraft includes both crew and service modules, and a Launch Abort System that will provide for improved crew abort capability. Orion can fly a crew of up to four for 21 days. Orion has a focused and rigorous step-wise test campaign to validate these capabilities in the challenging deep-space environment.

  2. Rand did you catch this? Commercial crew took a small hit

    “The total for NASA in the compromise accord is $18.010 billion, a $549 million increase over the request of $17.461 billion. Despite the significant increase, some programs were cut, including:.
    •Space Technology, which gets $596 million instead of $706 million.
    •commercial crew, which will receive $805 million instead of $848 million. Senate language that would have required adherence to certain regulations regarding cost and pricing data is not included, but the compromise requires technical and financial quarterly reports to Congress for each awardee.
    •Space Operations (including the International Space Station), which gets $3.828 billion instead of $3.905 billion

    But many others get increases. Among the big winners are —
    •planetary science, receiving $1.438 billion instead of $1.280 billion, including not less than $100 million for a Europa mission
    •astrophysics, $684 million instead of $607 million, including $70 million for SOFIA
    •aeronautics, $651 million instead of $551 million
    •Orion, $1.194 billion instead of $1.053 billion
    •SLS, $1.700 billion instead of $1.380 billion”

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