Elon is still saying this year, but people are understandably skeptical.
Seriously, this is a technology that I’m really looking forward to.
It’s a personal one. I’m accepted to give a brief talk on space property rights at the IAC in three weeks. But media can’t give talks, and registration will be about $1500. Not sure I can justify that.
I’m not sure this is as big a proliferation concern as some say, but I have no idea where they get this “20% of all launches have failures” thing. That’s not true in general, and its far from true for U.S. systems.
Casey Dreier has an interesting history of how NASA finally got a decent budget to fulfill its planetary-defense mandate.
Wayne Hale remembers a flawed safety design from the early Shuttle days.
She’s briefly profiled in an article on many notable women.
NASA has awarded Lockmart a long-term Orion production contract. Cost plus, natch.
This isn’t really a commitment. I’m sure the contract has a cancellation clause with a generous penalty. It’s primarily theater for Bridenstine to buy off the Colorado and Texas delegations, particularly after he pissed the latter off with his award of the lander to Marshall.
Link fixed, sorry.