June 24, 2018
It hasn’t launched yet. Will humanity be ready in time for the reptoid invasion?
Trump recently announced that the mighty American SPACE FORCE is gonna be a thing – finally.
But NASA is a mess, and apparently the military are twiddling their thumbs, completely unaware of our grand destiny.
A disappointing lack of vision.
So if we’re going to get this space shit done, it’s probably going to rest on the shoulders of industry.
Luckily, the private space corporations are really picking up the slack lately.
So, for better of for worse, our first batch of space marines are probably going to be riding in Teslas and shooting “Not a Flamethrowers.”
Well, they certainly look cool. I hope the Xenos aren’t buffed against water damage – or move too fast.
Sometime in the next two weeks, US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab will attempt something it’s never tried before: a commercial launch of its Electron rocket. It will only be the Electron’s third flight and the first of what the company hopes will be monthly launches by the end of the year. The launch was scrubbed on Friday because of problems with a tracking dish. But check back in tomorrow… and the next day. Every day for the next 14 days, the company will attempt a launch within a four-hour window that starts at 8:30PM ET.
Okay, so a new rocket company is entering the commercial market, and will be launching satellites regularly. This is good. More competition means faster technological development and lowering prices.
This means that asteroid mining will become financially viable much sooner than if only the government bureaucracy was in charge of space exploration.
Once mining starts, the scramble for the stars begins.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX also just landed a landmark deal – with the US military.
SpaceX has won a $130 million contract to send a classified Air Force satellite to space on its monster Falcon Heavy rocket. The satellite, known as AFSPC-52, is scheduled to launch in 2020. SpaceX beat out the United Launch Alliance, the joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which was angling to use its own heavy-lift Delta 4 rocket to send the military satellite to space.
One of the goals of pitting companies against each other for contracts like these is to reduce costs for the government. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. John Thompson said in a statement released on Thursday that awarding the launch to Space X “fits the mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our Nation while maintaining assured access to space.” The average price tag for Delta 4 launches is around $350 million, according to SpaceNews, and NASA’s heavy-lift rocket hasn’t been built yet.
Musk’s Falcon Heavy, if he can make it work consistently, costs hundreds of millions less than Boeing and Lockheed Martin’s offering.
The military-industrial complex is so encrusted with corruption by now that they can’t hold their own in a field with a bunch of new competitors. These people are used to getting away with being late on deadlines and wildly over budget, with the assurance that a new war for Israel is always around the corner, ready to flood them with more money.
Well, things are changing.
Can the SPACE FORCE be our new shining light of virtue in this sea of degeneracy?
We do, Mr. President.