Archive for February 1st, 2010

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Sadness

February 1, 2010

These are images of one of the three existing Typhoon submarines – like the Red October, sort of. Over 500 feet long, 70 feet wide, with two pressure hulls running parallel. The images come from a Russian web site.

Is the cat the guard?

It’s sad, isn’t it? I know, they were the enemy – and could be again, that’s the beauty of it. But this was a magnificent piece of engineering. I’m glad they don’t have missiles pointed at us from these babies anymore, but I hate to see them just rusting away up there.

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I don’t get it…

February 1, 2010

Of course I don’t get it. I’m not a Demon-crat; nor am I Obama.

I did the math. I found that NASA gets about $ 19 billion a year, give or take. With the incredible deficit spending Obama is going to do with FY 2011, his budget is around $ 3.83 trillion – yeah, trillion.

NASA’s budget is under 0.5 per cent of the Federal budget. Did you get that? Half of one per cent! For another billion dollars a year the Constellation program could be back on track, according to the Augustine commission. (The reason it’s not on track is that they’ve been trying to do it on a shoestring, of course.)

As I said in a previous post, the stimulation of private-sector space access is vital, and a better use of taxpayer dollars. Don’t use outdated, costly technology just to protect jobs. Use efficient, new technology. Want to send stuff to the ISS? Send it by Dragon/Falcon 9. Going to the Moon is a little bit different.

But it’s only another billion dollars. He’s been spending money like a drunken sailor, and he won’t throw a measly billion dollars to NASA.

This is with almost half the budget being deficit spending. There’s a point where deficit spending almost doesn’t matter anymore. And this money isn’t thrown away – it’s spent on jobs here, in US companies, and by research institutions. We get more than just spacecraft. We get new technology. It’s worth it.

Is he really trying to bring on a new Dark Age?