Category Archive: ARM

Apr 13 2015

NASA Advisory Council comes up with their own alternative to ARM

NAC Adopts Finding To Redirect the Asteroid Redirect Mission — to Mars. Even though the NAC has no regulatory power over NASA strategy and funding, the fact that it came out and basically said, “ARM in its current state makes no sense” means that change for the program is on the horizon. NAC’s recommendation is …

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Apr 06 2015

Planetary Society weighs in on timeline to get to Mars

Planetary Society: Orbiting Mars Is Critical Precursor to Human Landing. The Planetary Society held a workshop on 2 April titled “Humans Orbiting Mars” where they concluded that a manned orbital mission (like Apollo 8) around Mars in 2033 should be conducted before a landing attempt in 2039. I actually don’t buy that — the article …

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Mar 27 2015

Summing up the case against ARM

Video that sums up all the controversy about ARM. Alas, it looks like I can’t embed it here, so you’ll have to click on the link and then click on the video. If trashing ARM is becoming cool, I was cool before you were.

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Mar 27 2015

NASA identifies 3 potential ARM targets

Next Steps on Journey to Mars: Progress on Asteroid Initiative. Itokawa: Bennu: 2008 EV5: The ARM mission will pluck a boulder off the chosen asteroid and use Solar Electric Propulsion to move that boulder into a stable Lunar orbit. It’ll take about 6 years from asteroid rendezvous to place it into a Lunar orbit. How …

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Mar 21 2015

Inspector General concerned about Orion, SLS, and GS schedules

NASA IG: SLS, Orion, Ground Systems Interdependency Creates Unique Challenges. Boy, and I’m speaking from my MUOS experience, having a system developed as multiple systems is a recipe for disaster. MUOS and MUOS radios are separate programs, and while the MUOS constellation has 3 satellites in orbit, we’re still waiting for operational radios to take …

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Feb 25 2015

Preach it, sistah

Let’s Fix the Asteroid Redirect Mission. And by “fix”, she means cancel and redirect the money. Speaking of money, here’s the money quote: Human exploration of Mars and developing technologies to deflect asteroids are two useful objectives, but they need to be untangled to be accomplished effectively. There is no need for ARM other than …

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Feb 21 2015

List of reasons why ARM might be worth doing

It’s a pretty weak list, but here it is: 1. Adding a new, even more accessible “moon” to the Earth-moon system 2. Providing an ideal testbed for asteroid in situ resource utilization (ISRU) development. 3. Providing a much larger sample quantity to work with than other existing or proposed missions. 4. Providing a good way …

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Jan 29 2015

NASA Safety Panel rips CCtCAP, Orion, SLS on lack of openess

For a government report, this is as scathing as it gets. In a color-coded “traffic signal” chart later in the report, ASAP rated “risk transparency — Insight and communications” as red, meaning an issue of “long-standing concern or an issue that has not been adequately addressed by NASA.” It is the only one of nine …

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Jan 15 2015

Senator Cruz lays out Space agenda

Ted Cruz laid out Commerce Committee’s Space, Science and Competitiveness subcommittee’s space agenda in a press release yesterday. Priorities include: Reauthorization of the Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA), citing competition within the commercial sector as its primary benefit. Support for the SLS and Orion He wants to hold hearings on the Asteroid Redirect Mission “to …

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Dec 05 2014

Second verse, same as the first…Live blogging the Orion Launch

A big day for NASA, and from launch to splashdown, everything functioned perfectly. BRAVO ZULU from NewSpaceRaces!! 8:30: SPLASHDOWN!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! 8:26: Main chutes have deployed. Amazing live video from the on-station drone and from within Orion itself. 8:25: 24,000 feet. Forward bay cover jettison. This is the first step in deploying the parachutes. 8:24: Orion …

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Dec 04 2014

Live blogging the Orion launch

Do I dare try to live blog tomorrow’s re-do? Sigh…yes, I’ll be here blogging. Hopefully I’m not bad luck for NASA. 6:34: Scrubbing the mission due to the valve issue. DAMMIT!! 6:24: They’re re-attempting to pressurize the tanks to hopefully reset the valves. Apparently the first attempt to do so didn’t fix the issue. 6:22: …

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Nov 30 2014

Manned ARM mission likely to be no earlier than 2024

Good run-down on the different proposed missions for Orion. Everything after the 4 Dec launch of Orion’s EM-1 is completely in flux.

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Nov 04 2014

NASA beginning to look to expand SLS’ manifest

SLS looks to launch on a mission once a year. This is a good (and obvious) move by NASA. With only two missions planned to date (its initial test flight and then the Asteroid Return Mission (ARM)), the SLS is definitely on shaky ground budget-wise. Highlights from the article: They’re looking at a manifest that …

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Sep 02 2014

Hayabusa-2 will shoot into an asteroid for sample collection

Hope that it works out. Too bad they plan to have the orbiter on the opposite side of the asteroid when the explosion goes off. That seems to be a missed PR opportunity.

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Aug 02 2014

True or False: Asteroid Redirect Mission is a stunt

True. There is no real benefit that ARM will provide to a Mars or Lunar mission. ARM is, instead, a desperate publicity stunt by a government agency in search of a mission.

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Feb 17 2014

Defense against Dottie, this ain’t

Responding to Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) Targets. An update on NASA’s ARM mission. The article implies that ARM will defend us against incoming asteroids, but in actuality they’re looking for a boulder-sized rock to redirect into a Lunar orbit for future exploration. Pretty misleading, if you ask me. Bonus points if you got the …

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