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  • if Alice wants to go to the moon, all she has to do is mouth off to her husband.
  • Let's get this out of the way.
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  • Stern said a two-person lunar mission, complete with moonwalking and, perhaps best of all, a return to Earth, would cost $1.5 billion.

    I'd pay extra to avoid that part.
  • I can't picture a billionaire taking a risk like that, life's too damn good on this planet to bother going to another one.
  • One would have to be a Lunatic.
  • The gist of the company's strategy is that it'll repurpose existing space hardware for commercial lunar missions

    Really? There's existing lunar mission hardware out there (other than in museums)? NASA might like to know about this.

    and take advantage of NASA-sanctioned commercial rockets that, in a few years, are supposed to put astronauts in low Earth orbit.

    The moon is not in LEO.
  • This whole article is Exhibit A for how the media is completely scientifically illiterate.
  • Crackers Are a Family Food: Stern said a two-person lunar mission, complete with moonwalking and, perhaps best of all, a return to Earth, would cost $1.5 billion.

    I'd pay extra to avoid that part.


    No kidding. The fiance and I have already discussed being one of the first to apply if they open up applications to colonize Mars. He wants to be the one of the first to create "Martian" music.
  • Yeah, I'm kinda skeptical, considering that these guys don't actually have a rocket ready.

    Look at Virgin Galactic, they've built a proven spaceplane and they have a much more humble goal of short sub-orbital space flights (that some of us might not even truly call space flights) and they've been delayed year after year on their plans. Like they're perpetually a year a way from their first commercial suborbital flights.

    Now these noobs pop up out of nowhere promising the moon? Yeah right.
  • Maybe I can raise the money on kickstarter.
  • To hell with space flight. How about an airline that serves an actual meal? I'll pay extra.
  • XMark: Yeah, I'm kinda skeptical, considering that these guys don't actually have a rocket ready.


    Hey now, don't be dismissive. These people may not have a rocket, or a spacecraft, or funding, but they have a dream, man.
  • Shroom:This whole article is Exhibit A for how the media is completely scientifically illiterate

    I suppose next you're gonna tell it's NOT made a blue cheese?
  • XMark: Yeah, I'm kinda skeptical, considering that these guys don't actually have a rocket ready.

    Look at Virgin Galactic, they've built a proven spaceplane and they have a much more humble goal of short sub-orbital space flights (that some of us might not even truly call space flights) and they've been delayed year after year on their plans. Like they're perpetually a year a way from their first commercial suborbital flights.

    Now these noobs pop up out of nowhere promising the moon? Yeah right.


    The difference is virgin/scaled are trying to fly a specialized vehicle they built themselves.
    This other plan is to buy commercial hardware from proven vendors like energia and SpaceX.

    Will it work? Possibly.
    The trickiest part is to get the lander. Everything else is buying parts off the shelf and doing math.
  • Meh, Musk thinks he can put people on Mars for $500k a few years later. I'll take that plan over the moon for 100x more.
  • way south: XMark: Yeah, I'm kinda skeptical, considering that these guys don't actually have a rocket ready.

    Look at Virgin Galactic, they've built a proven spaceplane and they have a much more humble goal of short sub-orbital space flights (that some of us might not even truly call space flights) and they've been delayed year after year on their plans. Like they're perpetually a year a way from their first commercial suborbital flights.

    Now these noobs pop up out of nowhere promising the moon? Yeah right.

    The difference is virgin/scaled are trying to fly a specialized vehicle they built themselves.
    This other plan is to buy commercial hardware from proven vendors like energia and SpaceX.

    Will it work? Possibly.
    The trickiest part is to get the lander. Everything else is buying parts off the shelf and doing math.


    I can just see the CEO of Golden Spike reading your post and screaming at a subordinate saying, "I was told there would be no math!"
  • way south: The difference is virgin/scaled are trying to fly a specialized vehicle they built themselves.
    This other plan is to buy commercial hardware from proven vendors like energia and SpaceX.


    SpaceX's Falcon rocket can launch 29,000 pounds to LEO. The Apollo CSM/LM stack was around 100,000 pounds. But good luck with that.
  • Guillermo El Gordo is involved? Shiat,don't let him get his hands on the money.
  • Didn't Pan Am do this exact same thing? Including booking flights?
  • shroom: way south: The difference is virgin/scaled are trying to fly a specialized vehicle they built themselves.
    This other plan is to buy commercial hardware from proven vendors like energia and SpaceX.

    SpaceX's Falcon rocket can launch 29,000 pounds to LEO. The Apollo CSM/LM stack was around 100,000 pounds. But good luck with that.


    You break the ship into parts and put it up on multiple launches, dock in orbit, and proceed to destination.

    /It's what the people against SLS have been proposing for years.
  • joe714: Meh, Musk thinks he can put people on Mars for $500k a few years later. I'll take that plan over the moon for 100x more.


    Actually 1500x more to go to the moon on Golden Spike

    Maybe the golden spike is what it looks like when the rocket, capsule, et al. bursts into flames at 10,000 feet.
  • If I had $750 Million, I would do it. Well, actually, I'd need to have $751 Million, as there's something else I want to do with $1 Million first that my friend Lawrence told me about.

    /there's probably a reason I'll never have $750 Million
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