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February 24, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • LocalFluff

    Good point about the Shuttle’s main engines now “failing” on the SLS. I’ve always only heard and read good reviews of the RS-25 engines. Very good. They flew 133 Shuttles, all crewed, without a flaw. Three engines at a time so that makes 400 engine launches, reused, perfectly every time. And refired in orbit. I bet there were half a dozen guys in NASA’s control room prepared every time they were about to fire, watching their screens trained to react on any kind of malfunction from lots of extensive simulations of whatever could go wrong and what to do about it. And never did they see a single pixel with the color red on their screens.

    But now the SLS fraudsters can’t make up a better excuse than to blame those engines for why they won’t deliver anything ever. And the fools walk like donkeys who never will get to bite the carrot dangling in front of them. Because that’s their masters’ dinner.

  • Jay

    I believe there was one failure of one of the main engines in the shuttle during flight, STS-93. The mission was still successful.

    It is a great engine, I agree. This was the first component that was already to go for Constellation/SLS on day one of the project and now they are having problems with it.

    Side-note: Years ago, I wanted to know how many engines were going to be available for Ares-V/Jupiter/SLS. I created a spreadsheet with all the engines, right down to the serial numbers. The ones they wanted to use were the Block 2 and 2A models. I was surprised that they only selected twelve engines, when it showed they had enough Block 2/2A engines for two more rockets (the Jupiter and SLS four engine model not the five engine Ares-V). I wish I kept that list.

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