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About jadebenn

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  1. Pardon me for the confusion, but why are you trying to fit the Boeing lander in a FH fairing anyway?
  2. The latest Artemis graphic has an unpressurized rover deployed on the first surface mission, ala the later Apollo missions. They could use that.
  3. What!? Why? The whole point of this RFP was to allow companies the flexibility to propose solution as they see fit. I though this was near universally-agreed to be a good thing. Now you want to artificially constrain them?
  4. Uh, guys? That EUS doesn't have RL-10s.
  5. I really don't know what you're going on about here. All I know is that I will guarantee you the cost of EUS will not be 880 million dollars. It won't even be close.
  6. There is absolutely no way that's accurate. At that price the EUS would cost a hair more than an entire SLS Block 1; There would literally be no reason to ever use it.
  7. @jinnantonix One minor error I noticed in your video: The SLS's LES and the Orion fairing panels should stage before the EUS fires up its engines, not after.
  8. I think this tweet chain distills exactly why I dislike Eric Berger's reporting.
  9. There is absolutely no reason to launch JWST on SLS, and this is coming from one of the biggest SLS fanboys on this forum. In fact, there'd be a lot of risk inherent in launching on SLS (because the spacecraft was not designed around it) for no practical benefit - it's not like it'd be able to take advantage of the greater payload. I'm sure if the designers of JWST had known that there'd be an SHLV just about ready by the time their payload was wrapping-up that they would've considered it, but when JWST started super-heavy lift was both not-at-all assured and very far-off into the future. It's the future designs, like LUVOIR, that will be taking advantage of the SLS and using its capabilities to enable science. It's way too late to try and change the JWST.
  10. I'm certain there will be more, though I have my doubts we'll see any stronger bids. SpaceX is seemingly going to bid Starship for this, which will be interesting to watch. Aerojet Rocketdyne and some other smaller companies, are likely to bid as well, but I have severe doubts they'll be able to propose something that'll top the big three. Ironically, I think the National Coalition sort of "gave" the second bid to Boeing. If Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin had competed independently as was the original plan, I think it would've been much more unlikely for Boeing to win. I'd wait for the financial details of the proposals to be released before making these statements. Let's see what Boeing has in mind before completely condemning it.
  11. Current plan is to have two winners, ala COTS and CCrew, which is why I think Boeing's got a pretty good shot. If it was just one, I'd bet on Blue Origin and the National Coalition's very strong combined bid.
  12. Not AJ-10s. The Boeing lander will be methalox according to their partnership with Intuitive Machines.