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Guest: Ross Tierney

Guest: Ross Tierney.
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Email to Ross or for inquiries about Direct 3.0, please use info@directlauncher.com. Ross started our discussion with an introduction to the Direct Launcher program. He then described the new version 3.0. Most of the differences from 2.0 to 3.0 are focused on the need to move away from the R68 engine which has proven problematic for the Atlas 5. So listen to the details on this discussion and how Direct 3.0 does something different to avoid R68 engine problems and still come away with performance and other noteworthy efficiencies with configuration alternatives. A listener asked about the per launch or flight cost comparison with the Jupiter 130 versus the Ares 1. Ross said that the per flight cost for Jupiter might be about $40 million higher than for Ares but the development cost for Jupiter was about $5 billion less than Ares so its more than a desirable trade.
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Ross responded to each of these questions so listen to the discussion and see what you think. The discussion centered around heritage and new items. Several listeners asked why we simpldy don't use the EELVs instead of developing a new booster. See what you think of the way Ross responded to these issues.
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Ross showed us that this is where Direct has many advantages as its costs are far less than Ares and do not impact the full NASA budget in the way Ares 1 and Ares V do.
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Ross was not at all sure that Direct would get the opportunity to present its case to the Augustine Panel but remains optimistic despite having heard rumors to the contrary. When possible, I urge all listeners to provide feedback. If you visit the forum at nasaspaceflight.com and you want to exchange chat or comments with Ross Tierney, note that he uses the ScreenName of KRAISEE. So if you see that name online, its Ross Tierney. As always, you can also send your comments for Ross to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward them to him.
About our guest...
Ross Tierney 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. His offices are in the UK and US. Ross has written journalistic pieces for NASASpaceFlight.com which brought him into contact with NASA engineers on the DIRECT study. Ross has been fronting the DIRECT work on behalf of over 50 real rocket scientists for over 12 months.


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Guest: Ross Tierney. Topics. Direct 3.0, Constellation, NASA, political process. Ross Tierney 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. SPS 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. Ross brought in the life cycle cost issue and talked about the NASA culture. 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. Ross 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. Ross spent much time stressing the ability to work the political process and system and to understand how things happen. As he 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 info@directlauncher.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 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. His offices are in the UK and US. Ross has written journalistic pieces for NASASpaceFlight.com which brought him into contact with NASA engineers on the DIRECT study. Ross has been fronting the DIRECT work on behalf of over 50 real rocket scientists for over 12 months.


The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston

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#1056 - Guest: Ross Tierney was the guest for this in-person taped interview conducted here in Cocoa...

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Guest: Ross Tierney
Guest: Ross Tierney was the guest for this in-person taped interview conducted here in Cocoa Beach on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008. This was a very hard-hitting interview with Ross about Direct 2, its technology, its likelihood of being adopted by NASA as an alternative to Ares 1, and more. I asked Ross why we should have confidence in Direct 2 when it was basically a PowerPoint presentation given that it has not yet undergone any metal bending, any development or testing. I asked why there would not be design problems with it as there are with Ares and the NASA selected hardware. You will want to hear what Ross had to say in response to these questions and others. We also talked about the NASA administration, why problematic engineering designs are pursued, why engineers would work on a known bad design if indeed the design was bad. Ross was not optimistic about the prospects for Direct 2 until the next NASA Administrator takes over. For now, Direct 2 is in a holding pattern. We talked about the overall VSE program, its costs, its mission, the goals and the objectives of the program, and the ultimate goal of going to Mars. Ross had much to say about all of this and was more than outspoken on many issues regarding NASA, our return to the Moon, Ares, and Direct. You can learn more about Direct 2 at their website, www.launchcomplexmodels.com/Direct/ . If you have questions or comments for Ross Tierney, please email him at sales@launchcomplexmodels.com.
About our guest...
Ross Tierney 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. His offices are in the UK and US. Ross has written journalistic pieces for NASASpaceFlight.com which brought him into contact with NASA engineers on the DIRECT study. Ross has been fronting the DIRECT work on behalf of over 50 real rocket scientists for over 12 months.


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Ross Tierney, Chuck Longton, and Stephen Metschan returned to The Space Show for an important discussion about the Direct 2 alternative to the NASA ESAS approach for returning to the Moon.
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Ross TierneyRoss 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.His offices are in the UK and US.Ross has written journalistic pieces for NASASpaceFlight.com which brought him into contact with NASA engineers on the DIRECT study.Ross has been fronting the DIRECT work on behalf of over 50 real rocket scientists for over 12 months.


The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston

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#893 - Guests: Ross Tierney, Chuck Longton, Stephen Metschan. Ross Tierney, Chuck Longton, and Stephen Metschan...

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Guests: Chuck Longton, Stephen Metschan, Ross Tierney
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Guests: Ross Tierney, Chuck Longton, Stephen Metschan.
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Ross Tierney, Chuck Longton, and Stephen Metschan returned to The Space Show for an important discussion about the Direct 2 alternative to the NASA ESAS approach for returning to the Moon.
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Ross Tierney 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. His offices are in the UK and US. Ross has written journalistic pieces for NASASpaceFlight.com which brought him into contact with NASA engineers on the DIRECT study. Ross has been fronting the DIRECT work on behalf of over 50 real rocket scientists for over 12 months.

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