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Why is NASA developing a supersonic jet?

  1. jackclee lm profile image71
    jackclee lmposted 4 months ago

    Just curious. Why is NASA building a supersonic jet when their mandate is to explore space?
    Why don't they build a replacement for the Space Shuttle?

    1. jackclee lm profile image71
      jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this
    2. Credence2 profile image85
      Credence2posted 4 months ago in reply to this

      I don't know, but I want NASA back, whole. Someone was talking about a return to the Moon by 2020. But that seems a bit ambitious as we don't yet have a replacement for the shuttle. There is talk about a Mars landing during the 2030s. The problem is that there is too much talk, and too little commitment. Where is the JFK style of setting a goal in the pursuit of space objective with the plan to see it through, and everybody committed to making it happen?

      We might share the goal of making NASA great again.

      1. jackclee lm profile image71
        jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this

        Credence2, I am with you on that. I am just questioning why NASA is engaged in some projects that are clearly outside it's mandate...
        It seems to be a common theme with many of our federal agencies... For example, the EPA involved with climate change... when NOAA is the primary agency.

      2. Live to Learn profile image82
        Live to Learnposted 4 months ago in reply to this

        100% behind that idea.

        1. jackclee lm profile image71
          jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this

          Here is another story that makes you wonder ???
          http://spacenews.com/38626new-mandates- … -missions/

          1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
            Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 months ago in reply to this

            Ask Robert Lightfoot.

            I'm done here. Have fun.

  2. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 4 months ago

    Is a supersonic (or more likely a hypersonic) jet the first step in a vehicle to go to space and come back without using giant (and expensive) boosters?

    1. jackclee lm profile image71
      jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      Here is what Senator Cruz comment -
      Cruz, March 12: As we begin the process of putting together a roadmap for the future of NASA, there is one vital question that this committee should examine: Should NASA focus primarily inwards, or outwards beyond lower Earth orbit. Since the end of the last administration we have seen a disproportionate increase in the amount of federal funds that have been allocated to the earth science program at the expense of and in comparison to exploration and space operations, planetary science, heliophysics and astrophysics, which I believe are all rooted in exploration and should be central to the core mission of NASA. … I am concerned that NASA in the current environment has lost its full focus on that core mission.

      1. Will Apse profile image89
        Will Apseposted 4 months ago in reply to this

        Why don't you just come out and say it?

        NASA is government funded, therefore suspect.
        NASA has an awful lot of very bright people working for it, therefore suspect
        NASA has done more than any other organisation to help the world understand global warming...

        Therefore it is evil.

        1. jackclee lm profile image71
          jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this

          What I am asking is why are some agencies conducting research and business outside their main mandate?
          We see more and more projects cross agencies that overlap in their coverage.
          Why have individual agencies if they are free to conduct research in other areas?

          Is is a duplication of effort, or worst, a dilution of talent...

          1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
            Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 months ago in reply to this

            You want to eliminate NASA? The supersonic plane is part of their main mission and mandate,  as I already explained. Duplication is seen in the USAF and private companies, but NASA and USAF work together.

            1. jackclee lm profile image71
              jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this

              No that is not what I am saying.
              I am just questioning there focus?
              why are they focusing on supersonic flights when they should be focusing on space flights?
              It is a fair question, no?

              1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
                Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                No it is not. NASA is focused equally on both, with a large contingent of workers/staff and all the people in the Commercial Crew partnerships (hundreds of companies) working on both. Very big.  Many in my state.

                1. jackclee lm profile image71
                  jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                  Why???

                  1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
                    Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                    Why not ask the director of NASA, himself? Mr. Lightfoot, acting director now, will answer you. His email is on the site.

        2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
          Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 months ago in reply to this

          That may be a rationale for doing away with agencies and departments.

  3. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 months ago

    My USAF group has some contact with NASA. The mandate for NASA includes aeronautics (aviation) research since 1958, 2005, 2008, and 2010, maintained in the mandate changes for 2010. The Mission to Mars Within 25 Years mandate by Congress is in addition to the mandate given in 2010 - 2011. Here's what I know so far, all of it already in the news:

    2011 NASA Mission Statement Summary:
    Expand human activities across the solar system
    Expand scientific understanding of the universe
    Produce new space technologies
    Advance aeronautics research (like the supersonic plane)
    Maintain and expand aeronautics and space activities
    Educate the public and encourage citizen participation

    SUPERSONIC PLANE: The supersonic plane is developed under the aeronautics mandate by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, including The Advanced Air Vehicles Program, the Integrated Aviation Systems Program, and two others.

    REPLACEMENT SHUTTLE CRAFT: NASA already hired three companies that are members of its Commercial Crew to build new space craft and these are SpaceX, SierraNevada, and Boeing. I am concerned about the number of crashes SpaceX has had in test flights and cargo missions.

    MOON LANDINGS
    Discussion is now that the moon activities will be delegated to private space companies (my US State has over 1,200 space companies already). In fact, the Google Lunar XPrize project had some lunar landers ready in 2013.

    THE REST OF SPACE
    The universe outside of Earth and the Moon will be handled by NASA on behalf of USA.
    USA and Japan already have a partnership to gather debris in "outer space" above Earth beginning 2018 -2019, but I think it is also a type of law-and-order patrol.
    The 2013 class of NASA astronauts is training specifically to fly to Mars. A billionaire plans to send a man and a woman to Mars in 2018, but I think the ship will not be ready on time. The NASA Authorization Act of 2015 - 2016 (H.R. 810) reportedly mandates landing on Mars by 2041; but, I have not yet read the complete bill.

    1. jackclee lm profile image71
      jackclee lmposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the detail info. on NASA. I didn't know that.
      Here is what NASA said on their site -
      https://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/w … sa_do.html

 
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