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Posted by: rpspeck - Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:57 am
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Post Dreams: Old and New   Posted on: Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:25 pm
An OLD Dream: I recently posted the following on another forum, reminding readers that the X-33, in spite of a deliberate effort to confuse it with the unfunded, lookalike VentureStar concept, was not a Spacecraft, and was not “Just about ready to begin offering affordable space trips.â€


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Post Updates + GLXP   Posted on: Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:03 pm
First, updates for continuing Micro-Space, long term space hardware tests:

No problems in 10 month tests of CO2 capture system.

Chemical compatibility tests have shown no degradation of the “Gas Transfer Membraneâ€


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Post    Posted on: Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:14 pm
Just looking into the problems of rockets. Did you have a timeframe for a launch in mind? Also has this now been changed because of the Arianespace news?

Is the timeframe having any implication on your progress and are you planning your progress around other competitors? EG looking at their predicted launch dates then aiming slighly before.

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Post Time Frame   Posted on: Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:52 pm
My Arianespace information came by telephone call from Arianespace headquarters this morning (Feb. 28, 2008).

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Post    Posted on: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:01 pm
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In the GLXP video recently you talked about human moon missions within the next few years and well ahead of NASA. Do you have a timeframe in mind and were you specifically talking about Micro-Space Hardware being used or other teams'?

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Post Human Moon Missions   Posted on: Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:02 am
The time frame for Human Moon Missions, using Micro-Space hardware, is two to four years (subject to funding). Keep in mind that our planned "Deep Space" missions are all feasible with existing launch vehicles, although I often used cost estimates based on SpaceX promises.

About 70% of these mission costs will be for "Freight" service to LEO, with 30% or less for development, integration and production of customized spaceflight hardware.

The simplest, and nearest term Lunar flight would be simply circumlunar, allowing the next man, or first woman to travel around the Moon - the first such event this century and the first in more than 30 years. Micro-Space has many of the components required for this system in stock.

The most spectacular would be a solo human Moon landing. This would use many of the systems from the circumlunar craft and add a version of our Crusader HTS (Human Transport System) Lunar Lander, which itself uses many components we have in stock. This is the same lander we will use for the Google Lunar X Prize, and are actually preparing for flight tests.

The additional mass of the landers (two are actually used - the first one to land carries the fuel to take the astronaut back to lunar orbit). and Lunar orbit insertion increases the launch mass to at least half the capability of the Falcon 9.

I know that these promises are hard to believe, but in fact they primarily make use of lightweight mission concepts NASA extensively researched in past decades, but rejected in favor of less "austere" approaches.


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Post Human and Robotic Lunar Lander Status   Posted on: Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:33 am
The question above asked for a time frame for the Ultralight Manned Lunar missions I mentioned at the Google Press Conference. The present status of the Micro-Space hardware we intend to use for those flights is as follows:

We are finishing the welding on a batch of 14 of our bipropellant Liquid Fuel motors. These are not optimized for vacuum use, but are similar to what we will use to accelerate from LEO to Lunar Transfer, brake into Lunar orbit, and descend to the Moon. These motors will actually go into both level 1 and Level 2 “Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander competitionâ€


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Post Who Wants to GO?   Posted on: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:10 pm
For anyone actually interested in DOING spaceflight, rather than just talking about it, please see the new Micro-Space thread "Astronauts Wanted".

http://spacefellowship.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=5551

This is a serious effort to show both sponsors and investors that “Adventurersâ€


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Post Surprise and Progress   Posted on: Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:30 pm
Surprise: Virgin Group and Google announce private Mars expeditions and colonies: “Project Virgleâ€


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Post Lowering the Credibility Threshold   Posted on: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:00 pm
As mentioned in my GLXP BLOG last week, Micro-Space and every other Google Lunar X PRIZE team will have to break through the “Credibility Barrierâ€


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Post New Rocket Motors Running VERY Well   Posted on: Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:13 am
Micro-Space accomplished its first “Hot Fire Testâ€


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Post    Posted on: Wed May 14, 2008 5:14 pm
Re HOPE:

I just returned from a two week missions trip to India. It was a great delight to see the bright faces of hundreds of young people, alive with Hope for a future traditionally denied them! As Dalit, these children traditionally could expect little from a life without education and opportunity. The NGO I have long supported initiated education in these villages almost two decades ago. Gradually, India's promises to its traditionally oppressed “Scheduled Castsâ€


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Post Water Recyc.   Posted on: Mon May 19, 2008 5:12 pm
An interesting idea, which seems to mesh with the rotational vacuum distillation units and trapped gas removal units, it a spiral separator to be used to filter down to one micron. This should remove some of the larger particles from the recycled water, thus simplifying some of the filtration.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/05 ... rifier.php

It does seem a little reminiscent of uranium enrichment technology.

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Post Close to Liftoff!   Posted on: Wed May 28, 2008 5:19 pm
As announced previously, Micro-Space's new production motors and associated systems are running very well. The thrust vector control systems on our landers are also running nicely. (We actually have three sets of the basic lander propulsion hardware finished. One of these is assembled with our HTS (Human Transport System) frame. This frame eliminates most of the lander's framework mass, relying on the strength of the pressurized fuel tanks to carry most of the loads.

We are close to Tethered Hover flight tests. However in preparation for this we are finishing both our “Hardware in the Loopâ€


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Post Human Lunar Landing   Posted on: Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:05 pm
I was asked in another forum to specify our systems performance and cost. I copy that answer here:

As our "Deep Space" systems are customized, and are launched to LEO on commercial vehicles, the possibilities are numerous. Our components include a nearly operational Lunar “HTSâ€


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