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According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module the LEMs weigh in at about 15,000 kg... What a waste of material. We can't do that, we won't do that.  
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According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module the LMs weigh in at about 15,000 kg... What a waste of material. We can't do that, we won't do that.  
  
The entire contract also cost something like $300M (Need a better reference.)
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The entire contract also cost something like $11 billion! (in 1969 dollars) (Need a better reference than http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_mission#Manned_missions.)
  
 
We can build an outpost for that.
 
We can build an outpost for that.

Revision as of 12:42, 1 September 2008

Lander...

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module the LMs weigh in at about 15,000 kg... What a waste of material. We can't do that, we won't do that.

The entire contract also cost something like $11 billion! (in 1969 dollars) (Need a better reference than http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_mission#Manned_missions.)

We can build an outpost for that.

So, what we are doing instead, is a very lightweight, very low cost operation, built assembly line style. We are not going to build 1 of them, then redesign and build another, we are going to build like 25 of them.

We want them to be modular enough to allow for a small envelope of changing conditions. (But as it has been pointed out, "Modular only goes do far." - Aftercolumbia)

Richard Speck of Microspace will be doing most of this work, as he has a mostly operational lander already... (<50# dry!)

By the time we get done with it, it'll probably be in the 75# range, and man rated...

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