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For some reason, every time I see this: ...built by Lockheed Martin. I can't help to think it's overpriced.

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if its launching from earth then its a waste of money!

So, whe....wait, what? rolleyes.gif
How do you know if it's overpriced? These things aren't commercially available or made so the costs will be naturally high.
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...and where do you suppose they launch it from?
They could build and launch it from the orbit in order to not waste fuel on fighting the gravity. Building spaceships in the outer space is not really feasible at this point in time, though.

We currently don't have the infrastructure or the technology to do what they did in star trek.
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nice when the levees break again it can be ruined, sounds about right for humans Kappa
    
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How do you know if it's overpriced? These things aren't commercially available or made so the costs will be naturally high.
We currently don't have the infrastructure or the technology to do what they did in star trek.

I don't know, I'm assuming (an uneducated assumption at that) and therefore it can be wrong. thumb.gif Why was I assuming it in the first place? Well, basically, war industry is one hell of a profitable place to be in. smile.gif Quite sure they are not doing this project out of their good heart either.
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Hmmm ... Perhaps after they test it out and eventually decide that its not worth it to send humans to Mars it can be used to send out MASSIVE unmanned missions to the outer solar system and beyond. Or for building a colony on Moon biggrin.gif
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Umm, everytime someone builds a rocket its the most powerful rocket ever made. smile.gif
    
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I don't know, I'm assuming (an uneducated assumption at that) and therefore it can be wrong. thumb.gif Why was I assuming it in the first place? Well, basically, war industry is one hell of a profitable place to be in. smile.gif Quite sure they are not doing this project out of their good heart either.

The International Space Station got launched in 1998. We've been building it ever since. It's currently a relatively tiny research lab, not capable of actually moving anywhere beyond slight orbital adjustments to dodge debris.

The idea of transporting, in the article's words, "the largest welding system in the world" to space, first, and THEN building the rocket, is completely nuts.
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I don't know, I'm assuming (an uneducated assumption at that) and therefore it can be wrong. thumb.gif Why was I assuming it in the first place? Well, basically, war industry is one hell of a profitable place to be in. smile.gif Quite sure they are not doing this project out of their good heart either.

To add to @mand12's point, This is a heavy lift rocket. You would still need this engine to get the infrastructure and the raw materials into space in order to build engines...

And once you get into orbit you need a super efficient engine, not a super powerful one.
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To add to @mand12's point, This is a heavy lift rocket. You would still need this engine to get the infrastructure and the raw materials into space in order to build engines...

And once you get into orbit you need a super efficient engine, not a super powerful one.

I was going to say.If I learned anything from KSP its that engines have a different effect under atmospheric conditions as opposed to when in space. You would just be waising fuel if you fired this up in space...
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I was going to say.If I learned anything from KSP its that engines have a different effect under atmospheric conditions as opposed to when in space. You would just be waising fuel if you fired this up in space...

I adore that game.

KSP hasn't so much taught me anything so much as given me the "ah ha!" moment for a lot of things I "learned" in school. Putting the concepts to practice really is the difference maker. XKCD pretty much sums it up best.

In relevance to this thread, One of the things KSP taught me was that the hardest part of every mission, especially interplanetary missions, is getting everything into orbit. That's where the SLS comes in (also why the spaceX recovery system is so awesome).

Building an infrastructure to build things in space is cool but not necessarily practical. You still need a heavy lift rocket to get the infrastructure into orbit. You still need a heavy lift rocket to get the parts/raw materials into orbit. In reality it's more practical to build the parts down here on earth and only do final assembly of large things in space, a la ISS.
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how many politicians will it hold
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