Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Sep 7, 2018.
This is an interesting video:
NASA Plans to Build a Moon-Orbiting Space Station: Here's What You Should Know
Seems to be a bit of a mission designed to give SLS a role. It would be a shame to build a super-expensive pork-barrel booster that didn't have a job at the end of it especially with two competitor breathing down their necks with fully reusable, and more flexible, heavy lift boosters...
Stupid design with no mission. It's in a weird high-elliptical orbit (so that the under-specced Orion + SLS can reach it) that actually increases the dV requirement for reaching the lunar surface. This means if you have a lunar lander ready to launch from earth, you'd be better off sending it to a low moon orbit and sending crew to meet it there, instead of going via the gateway.
SpaceX's BFR should be flying around the same time and will provide 1,000m³ of living space (18x as much), and will be able to enter any desired orbit around the moon. And land on it.
This sounds like glib justification to me. If you want to go to Mars, chucking moon stuff in the mix just complicates things and makes it more expensive. A Mars mission will involve sticking big bits of kit in Earth orbit, gluing them together and heading there direct. Can't see involving the moon helping much.
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