Usenet Gems

I wonder sometimes why I still lurk on places like Then I see a gem like this one (in a thread about the Lunar Lander Concept Studies that NASA solicited recently) and remember why it’s all worth it…

> NASA is asking for studies.

… in order to disregard them and continue with
their brilliant in-house developed concept.
Or is Griffin leaving the office any soon?

To be a bit more fair though, Griffin probably wouldn’t disregard them completely…He’d only wait until they were showing real promise, then have Scotty transfer them to MSFC. Of course at that point, the steely-eyed-missle-men there (who’ve been building rockets since back when most of you were in diapers, donchaknow) would likely discover that those alt.spacers didn’t know what they’re talking about, and what the lander really needs to be cost effective is some Shuttle Derived Hardware. Political realities and all that.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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