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Mars Sample Return
post Aug 14 2018, 12:17 AM
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QUOTE (JRehling @ Aug 13 2018, 02:22 PM) *
This discussion in 2018 certainly highlights how wildly optimistic that was

If we had tried to do it, we'd have figured out how. It's these endless paper studies that go nowhere.

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post Aug 14 2018, 03:13 PM
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QUOTE (John Whitehead @ Aug 9 2018, 02:06 PM) *
Yes, there needs to be rocket engineering, not rocket science. But MAV funding is being spent on "rocket science" (propellant research), instead of engineering to improve the state of the art. There needs to be an engineering effort to make propulsion components less than half as heavy as typically used for satellites and spacecraft. Whether or not this counts as "new technology" is only semantics.

The first part is semantics, too.

Your point, to me, is that declaring the technology ready to snap into a typical "we're sending a spacecraft to mars" schedule is aiming to take 9 women and make a baby in a month.

It's a bit of a catch-22 where you can't get the money and staffing to solve the problem until you say with certainty that the problem is fully solvable with whatever time and money budgets allow. Things then slip right later but the project survives.
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