CONC^4 Re: "NASA Ends Project Intended to Replace Shuttle"

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Sat Mar 03 2001 - 18:50:49 MST

Yes yes yes yes.

Spitballing: I'd like to co-opt some of the energy from AMSAT and the
LEGO Mindstorms types. Imagine a space-rated set of Mindstorms-like
components for power, thermal management, horizon finding, moment
analysis and attitude control, apogee kick, sensing, telemetry. Open
source firmware, of course.


Greg said:

> What's missing is a unifying vision for creating a space infrastructure that
> isn't so completely dependent on NASA and doesn't require the unreliable
> support of a political world that has no appreciation for the enterprise of
> moving beyond this one planet. In this regard, designing and building some
> basic building blocks for creating space infrastructure out of very small and
> light elements should be a high priority, as well as developing reliable and
> robust self-assembling systems.

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