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NASA Wants Back in the Space Game
12/18/2013

Design News editor Rob Spiegel sits above NASA's buoyancy pool, which was designed to train astronauts for space walks.   (Source: Littelfuse)
Design News editor Rob Spiegel sits above NASA's buoyancy pool, which was designed to train astronauts for space walks.
(Source: Littelfuse)

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: NASA and private partners
Rob Spiegel   1/15/2014 2:23:49 PM
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Actually, that is pretty logical, Ann. The next space race may be the race of robots. Could be a good movie.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   1/7/2014 11:59:13 AM
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That's a tough one to predict, Rob. I'd think that since the Chinese sent a robot not a human, it might encourage the US to pursue robotic, not human, space flight. But that might be too logical...

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Rob Spiegel   1/7/2014 7:42:06 AM
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Ann, do you think China's move to the moon will chnage the U.S. view of human-based space flight? 

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Ann R. Thryft   1/3/2014 3:46:21 PM
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You're welcome, Rob. The fact that I write a lot about NASA and others working on space exploration robots pretty much sums up my views. I think the idea of human exploration is very catchy, and has a lot of psychological momentum behind it, but I don't think it's a likely reality, either technically, financially or politically.

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Rob Spiegel   1/3/2014 2:43:45 PM
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Thanks for the link, Ann. What are your thoughts about human-based versus non-human-based missions?

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Rob Spiegel   1/3/2014 1:38:04 PM
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Yes, Notarboca, the NASA folks were very positive about private venture developments.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   1/3/2014 1:01:07 PM
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Rob, thanks for this report on what NASA is up to. I've looked at some of the pieces of what they're doing, such as the 3D printer development, some of the robotics and rover R&D, and their interest in developing more private-sector materials and other tech for human space flight:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=268174
It's great to get a firsthand overview of what they're thinking about. Lucky you to have that tour and thanks for sharing it.



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notarboca   12/30/2013 2:20:44 PM
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Just the thought of being human mission ready in three years is intriguing and goes to show that NASA is not just wasting money.  I would also think that NASA would be supportive of private ventures to fill in the spaces where they don't have budget.

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Rob Spiegel   12/30/2013 1:04:57 PM
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After talking with NASA scientists, it's my impression that yes, NASA is supportive of private-sector space developments. And while NASA continues to develop technologies to support human-based missions, they have yet to get a go-ahead from our political leaders.

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NASA and private partners
GlennA   12/25/2013 12:59:35 PM
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The climate between NASA and private space companies is supposed to be very good now.  Does anyone have more information about a Space-X and NASA collaboration for manned missions ?  Supposedly the Falcon was designed to be human-rated from the start, instead of a corgo-rated version to be followed by a human-rated version.

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