NSS Leader Dale Skran presents “New Rides to the Moon” to United Astronomy Clubs of NJ

New Rides to the Moon July 2019

On July 20, 2019 at 8 pm, Dale Skran, NSS Chair of the Executive Committee spoke to a small but enthusiastic crowd at the headquarters of the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey on the topic “New Rides to the Moon.” The UACNJ includes 12 astronomy clubs in the New Jersey area. Their headquarters, located at Jenny Jump State Forest, is in the area of NJ with the darkest sky, and opens to public use a significant number of telescopes via free public programs every Saturday April-October 8 PM-10:30 PM.

Skran’s talk (see slides from his talk) described a new generation of heavy lift vehicles that will loft the next expeditions to the Moon. Vehicles covered included the Long March 5, Falcon Heavy, SLS Block 1, New Glenn, Vulcan, SLS Block 1B, and Starship/Superheavy. This talk does not represent a position of the National Space Society.

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  1. I looked through the slides and I think that the presentation is spot on. I would suggest that there is a logical tipping point where the honest policy-makers should recognize that the tipping point has been reached at which they should transition their support from the safe SLS to the superior Super Heavy Starship. That natural tipping point would be when Starship makes it to orbit. At that point an operational SHS will be inevitable with comparable capabilities of the SLS at much lower cost because the reusability if the Super Heavy is practically a given. Whereas in-space refueling and tanker reusability nails the coffin further, neither is necessary to prove the Starship is as capable and more cost effective.


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