Not only is this lander totally bad-ass looking, but Blue and Bezos have done what NASA failed to do for the last 50 years. And on much less budget, I believe.
Not sure what the future holds, But I can see SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Bigelow Aerospace all working together. Blue makes the inital setup, possibly carrying some robots and a few inflatable modules from Bigelow, follow it up with with Blue/SpaceX just dropping tons of what would be needed. We could have a huge colony by 2030’ish.
Would be nice to see Boston Dynamics get involved with Lunar robots. 3D printing of structures, I think, would be the easiest. Digging would be best, much more protection underground, rather than the surface.
Keep up the hard work guys, your all doing what humanity really needs. We cant live in this old apartment forever, it’s time to leave the nest.
Here is the LINK. Also the Lockheed proposal. Billionaires vs trillion dollar agencies. The cost savings come from saving overhead. Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos all you other people! Screw it, you got the cash and the world has been waiting decades to see all that NASA art from the 70’s come to life. Apparently our elected officials can’t get it done. So for that I thank you all for you efforts.
Fully fueled 68 metric tons! That’s a big girl! 2 weeks on the surface! What a great start! Click the the link and see what comments have to say. It would appear that between Virgin Atlantic, SpaceX, NASA, Bigelow Aerospace and others… The race is on. First one to the moon wins!
Interesting new NASA PR stunt that won’t come to fruition for … like never… Permanent moon presence.
They have used this since the 50’s. For what we spend in one year on (…..whatever…) – this would have been done by now. At least they are trying to make a try but I’m afraid that too many middlemen will choke the project to death as all other attempts.
Sad to say I have to warn you about ad spam on space.com. To space.com – at a certain point its overkill. Inline Youtube ad’s? Good writing ruined by ad’s. To those that can stand it, the video starts after 3 seconds or so.
As I was scouring my old archives I found this compilation I would like to show you. These images are part of a collection from almost 20 years ago taken from Quake2 and Quake3 engine tests. I made *many* maps but moonbase was always my goal to perfect my art. *deep breath* So these are some of my earliest works from The Way Back Machine. Please bear with the nostalgia..
This archive represents my first works with quake3 and creating models. At the time, shader language and q3map2 were still in their infancy. Blender was not perfect, so creating md2’s and md’3 and lwo models was not easy, especially working with open source linux tools. Couldn’t afford autocad and all the expensive software. I compiled from scratch just to make the tools. Photoshop? Hell no, used gimp. Compiled from scratch…
*another deep breath* I hoped some of you will appreciate the development process back then, especially being only one person. Remember – This is almost 20 years ago… So here we go.
It first began with a texture. I needed a moonrock texture. Scoured the NASA archives and found this and went from there. If I remember right, it was a closeup from the apollo missions I texturized and made seamless.
Now I had the moon look so I started next on the basic land mass. The orange texture was a placeholder until I could work on shaders.
Now that I was liking the terrain i moved onto the dome and catwalks a bit more.
Seemed ok for gameplay. Kept going. Here is an exterior view.
Liked it so it was time to add plants.
By this time I begun to understand blender and the workflow, so I began some interior places. Here are a few examples.
This is also a screenshot of same section in progress. Now at this time i should note I soon began to realize the limitations of q3map2. Not that the engine could not display it but q3map2 had issues with the model. Turns out I had to start chopping things up. Not that it had too many vertices, but it was too large for the light map. Other issues too – for anyone that tried serious mapping for id tech 2-4 you know what I mean. Still amazed though what I could accomplish once I figured it all out. Also note the lack of phong shading as these are editor screenshots – and I was still learning vertex shading.
I hope this shows you a little bit about game development and the artists mind. I also leave you these three gems from my quake2 days.
Hey, it was quake 2 – only so much you could throw at a computer back then before people complained about framerates in deathmath and multiplayer.
Again, too many poly’s for people…back then..
Just something to post in honor of the old games. When a Voodoo2 and a 486 were king. Just a reminder to us all gamers not to forget our roots. I’ll try to have a few more up soon…
HELL YEA. You have done more for space and this planet in two years then the entire congress and of the world that has done since 1950. Omg, I wont live that long but steal all the fly-to’s and use them. The more money you make , the quicker we can establish colonies and escape our overseers.
Honestly. Send me an airline ticket to anywhere in the USA, ill have a beer with you and lets make a deal. Night on the town, few drinks, dinner. Go slumming. Shit, you spend more on a car tire. C’mon take a chance…
TEN MINUTES after YOU LANDED IT! Hell yea, your my hero! When you make NASA your bitch that is a true life achievement. Both you and Mr. Branson have me for dinner.. “This dudes got an idea and in 5 years when we all get artificial bodies and can download our brains to a computer, this might not be a bad investment. Who would’a thought www.fly-to-the-moon was something we shoulda grabbed while it was cheap…”
Good old Walt Disney saw the swampland for more then what it was. Better enlist a fan rather then a speculator who will destroy it.
Richard Branson You Sir are also brilliant, your combined works can change mankind. I, in no way want to minimize your achievements, but it was proof of concept. Mr Musk landed his rocket and delivered to the space station in 10 f***ing minutes. I waited longer for PIZZA. Mr Bill Gates, I know your out there, and by my word I – started even before windows 3.1. Feed the poor or just send them to a new colony? I don’t know – not that smart… But The three of you combined? Imagine what you could accomplish for the history books. Seriously. You are all in a position to make a stamp on history even greater then the Romans. They made roads. Do the same thing. Create colonies. Create. Just create. Moon then Mars, enable http://bigelowaerospace.com/ to do their thing. Inflatable with your rockets and pocket change and bolt it tougher with with Canadarm. Imagine the results, in 2 months you have a full on spinning space station on it’s way to orbit the moon and soon after on from there to mars. And in my vernacular, lets quit fucking around. I’ve said before, Put me in your expensive car and why not, Ill go for the ride. I’m just a monkey.
Send it. C’mon guys, you can change the world with pocket change.