Guest: Ross Tierney
Guest: Ross Tierney
Direct 3.0, Constellation, NASA
, political process.
returned for this two hour program to update us with Direct 3.0 in light of the Augustine report and the upcoming announcements regarding U.S. Civil Space Policy.
In our first segment, Ross
brought us current with Direct 3.0 and the Augustine Commission
This is a comprehensive discussion.
We also talked about work force issues and job losses in the space industry as a result of potential space policy changes.
At the end of this segment, in response to a listener question, Ross
estimated the R&D costs for Direct 3.0 launchers.
In our second segment, Ross
opened up with the probable time table to flight testing and operations depending on the actual configuration for the Direct Launcher and external tank.
Heavy lift was discussed as was the political mindset of all those involved in the process.
was mentioned by a listener and Ross
suggested it as a mission.
Listen to his
idea and see what you think.
As we started the third and final segment which was about an hour long, Ross
opened saying "In God we Trust, all others bring data!
We then talked about the Direct 3.0 relationship, if any, with ATK, Marshall Spaceflight Center and others.
The issue of comparing the safety of an SRB to a liquid rocket for human spaceflight came up so you will want to hear what Ross had to say about this.
brought in the life cycle cost issue and talked about the NASA
We also talked about economic growth and opportunity through space development.
I asked him questions about what he
would say regarding our civil space program to hurting communities across America as a result of the economic crisis using Detroit as an example.
told us what he
would say to Detroit Rotarians.
I think you will like how he
makes the case for space.
We should all borrow from what Ross had to say to those in Detroit and in similar situations across America.
spent much time stressing the ability to work the political process and system and to understand how things happen.
said, the best idea or technology could very well fail if there was not a political momentum behind it.
Toward the end of this segment, we talked about how Direct 3.0 would impact the GAP
and the compatibility with the heavy lift Jupiter and EELV or the Falcon 9.
If you have a question or comment for Ross Tierney
, email him at email@example.com.
You can find his
frequent posts on nasapaceflight.com under the screen name KRAISEE.
Don't hesitate to join in the discussion.
About our guest...
Ross Tierney is a British citizen formerly working in the IT field, but as of 2000, now working for his own company building highly detailed scale models for both the professional and enthusiast space markets.
offices are in the UK and US.
has written journalistic pieces for NASASpaceFlight.com which brought him into contact with NASA engineers on the DIRECT study.
has been fronting the DIRECT work on behalf of over 50 real rocket scientists for over 12 months.