Wednesday, September 20, 2006

To the Moon Alice, To the Moon


In response to a couple of requests, a more recently published paper on GM=tc^3 has been posted. I would like to have more, but it is not easy publishing papers saying that c is changing, and they have to be short. The math is similiar to the SLAC paper, because equations last forever.

I've been at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Meeting. Talks and displays are about going to the Moon, Mars and Beyond. One could blog forever about problems in the world, but this room is full of the excitement about resuming humanity's greatest adventure. Above is Lockheed's model of the Orion CEV.

Below are models of the Ares I (left) and Ares V launch vehicles. Ares I will have a first stage adapted from the shuttle Solid Rocket Booster, a liquid-fueled second stage and the Orion with escape system on top. Ares V has two SRB's surrounding a liquid-fueled core, and a liquid-fueled second stage. The Lunar Lander or other big payloads can be carried on top.

Configuration of the lander will depend on whether it has separate descent and ascent stages (like in the 1960's) or uses two stages for descent. I have seen many fascinating concepts for Moon ships. Engineers here are evaluating designs as we speak. Witnessing a spaceship being designed is very exciting.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kea said...

Well, you sure do keep yourself busy. Good to see.

12:59 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

HI Kea: Your posts and comments are enjoyed too. I still miss Sydney, it is always an exciting city. I am still working on the coral reef stuff.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Medicine said...

The Lunar Lander or other big payloads can be carried on top.

3:08 AM  

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