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Practical Timelines and Funding for Establishing Permanent Outpost on the Moon and Mars using Propellant Producing Water Depots and SLS and Commercial Launch Capability (Part I)

16 May 2017, 21:05 UTC
Practical Timelines and  Funding for  Establishing  Permanent Outpost on the Moon and Mars using Propellant Producing Water Depots and SLS and Commercial Launch Capability (Part I)
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Two SLS launch vehicles with 10 meter payload fairings. The vehicle to the left will be able to deploy at least 70 tonnes of payload to LEO. The vehicle to the right with its EUS upper stage will be able to deploy up to 105 tonnes to orbit (Credit NASA). by Marcel F. WilliamsPart 1: NASA & the DOD Establishing a permanent human presence on the surface of the Moon is the most expedient and economical way to eventually establish a similar permanent human presence on the surface of Mars. But as long as NASA continues to spend $3 to $4 billion a year on its big LEO program (the ISS), it is doubtful that the American space agency can adequately fund its beyond LEO efforts-- without a significant increase in its annual human spaceflight related budget. So under this scenario, the ISS program is continued. But starting in 2019, an additional $3 billion is added to NASA's human spaceflight related budget by the DOD (Department of Defense). In exchange, NASA will be committed towards eventually deploying microgravity and artificial gravity habitats, and lunar and martian surface outpost for the exclusive use and occupation by DOD personal. And such habitats ...

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