My idea's for our manned space program by 2025
-Develop a ground to orbit method for putting men and satellites into space.
=Grasshopper platform that can go to 150-200k will be the best way to replace most of the smaller rockets for most needs.
=Secondly, Develop a capsule for the grasshopper or maybe a skylon for human needs, 1# Space stations, 2# General exist to space.
-Develop a long term space station/public space station for all.
=The bigelow concept of inflatables modules is by far the best way to do this. These would be far cheaper and add radiation shielding. (We've learned that plastic is better!)
-One or two can hold 20 people!!! Make one or two for people paying as a hotel in space...This will spark interest in space travel with the general public.
-Secondly, Add a module or two for research, etc.
Lastly, develop a planetary type space ship.
=This could go to the moon, Asteroids and Mars as many times as we wish. My concept for this is for at least 3 bigelow inflatable modules holding 10-15 crew members for periods up to a year. These would hold the food, air, equipment for missions to mars.
-This ship would have a nuclear reactor that would power 1-2 giant ion engines. On the mission to mars we could also add a solar sail!!!
-This ship could last 20-25 years!
---Why put a few people into a little tube like moon Apollo module? That is used once. lol
The modules could be built for 1/3rd the price of the price of the international space station!!! This would also be reusable for anything we wanted to do in space. I think this is the best way to do it.
I like this vision of it for the final space station!
Up to 24 people within 4 modules
I really find their concept the cheapest and most roomly method of moving ahead.
Edited by Matthew, 15 June 2013 - 09:26 PM.