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NASA, Budgets, Orion and the Gateway

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posted on Mar, 16 2019 @ 02:11 AM
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originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: BrianFlanders




Is there anything that can be done in space cheaper than it can on earth?


Manufacturing.

Not so much manufacturing, as it will cost extra money and time to get the equipment and resources up there. Space, with its vacuum and weightlessness (or low gravity on the Moon) makes it easier to launch spacecraft into deep space. You don't have to fight against the Earth's gravity and plough through its thick atmosphere on your way up.

That's why it's suggested to assemble interplanetary spacecraft and space stations in Moon orbit, and then use much less fuel to send them on their way.
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posted on Mar, 16 2019 @ 09:08 PM
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originally posted by: wildespace

originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: BrianFlanders




Is there anything that can be done in space cheaper than it can on earth?


Manufacturing.

Not so much manufacturing, as it will cost extra money and time to get the equipment and resources up there. Space, with its vacuum and weightlessness (or low gravity on the Moon) makes it easier to launch spacecraft into deep space. You don't have to fight against the Earth's gravity and plough through its thick atmosphere on your way up.

That's why it's suggested to assemble interplanetary spacecraft and space stations in Moon orbit, and then use much less fuel to send them on their way.


There is precedent for this: The United States followed-up wagon trains with trans-continental railroads that made colonizing the West Coast easier. This made it possible for Boeing, Northrup, Hughes and others to start-up aircraft companies out there. Mind you, no one could have predicted that that would have been the result, but it does go to show that though the benefits of exploration and colonization are unknown, the possible rewards are limitless.




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