Article Image
News Link • Space Travel and Exploration

NASA Offers $200 Million for an Orbiting Gas Station

• http://www.technologyreview.com/
 

The future of human and robotic exploration will mean trips to deep space destinations like the moon, Mars, or asteroids. But getting there and returning home on one tank of gas while carrying a sizable payload is almost impossible. The solution? In-space refueling technology, which enables spacecrafts to tank up in low Earth orbit.

Last year, the Augustine Commission, a blue-ribbon panel charged with reviewing America's human spaceflight program, emphasized the need for NASA to purse this technology in their final report to the White House. Now NASA has put out a call for a $200 million mission to show how to store and transfer rocket propellants in space.

In-space refueling technology would allow smaller and cheaper rockets to be used for missions that would otherwise be outside their weight class. It will also considerably enhance the capabilities of larger rockets. "Instead of sending the rockets fully fueled to asteroids or to Mars we would launch them partially fueled to get more payload into orbit," Chris Moore, deputy director of advanced capabilities for NASA told Foxnews.com. "Then we'd top off the propellant by docking with depots in lower Earth orbit."

3 Comments in Response to

Comment by Ed Price
Entered on:

This is good. Now when some solar "tsunami" comes along, we will get a bunch of gigantic fuel tanks falling out of the sky. This is just what we will need to add some burning heat to the coming ice age. 

Comment by G Cone
Entered on:

Wouldn't it take bigger, more expensive rockets to get the fuel up there? 

Comment by merl webster
Entered on:

 IT WOULD BE A WASTE OF TIME TO PUT MORE INTO SPACE AT THIS TIME.

WAIT UNTILL 12/21/2012 TO SEE HOW MUCH DAMAGE WILL BE DONE TO EARTH. THIS PERIOD ALSO INVOKES WARS AS A MEANS TO DISTRACT THE POPULATION....AND APPARENTLY OUR GOVERNMENT MEANS TO WIPE OUT ABOUT 90% OF OUR POPULATION.  THIS PLAN WAS ALREADY IN EFFECT ABOUT 20 OR MORE YEARS AGO.

SEARCH "THE GEORGA STONES." THEY ARE IN MANY COUNTRIES..HERE AND ABROAD.


Join us on our Social Networks:

 

Share this page with your friends on your favorite social network:


GoldMoney