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-The United Launch Alliance (ULA) will be designing a new family of Evolved Expendable Launch vehicles (EELVs) that streamlines the best of both the Atlas and Delta EELVs into one family of EELVs. This new rocket would mean that there would no longer be a need for specific hardware and knowledgeable people for both an Atlas and Delta vehicle. You would have one rocket family that can be built in one factory, stacked in one Vertical Integration Facility (VIF), and launched from one maintained launch complex with one set of knowledgeable launch teams instead of having everything just stated times two. Good news for the taxpayers is that this will reduce the cost substantially. Bad news is that ULA employees (ULA is a Boeing/Lockheed Martin joint venture) have roughly a 50/50 chance of being laid off by the end of the decade. With that being said, that statistic will probably be substantially lower, there are a number of things they could do, they might just not fill the positions of workers who are retiring, it's to early to tell.

-ULA has teamed up with Blue Origins to use their rocket engine so as to end the dependence on Russian manufactured rocket engines. I could into detail of how screwed up this whole thing is in the first place, but in light of recent events in this group I am going to keep my mouth shut. With that being said, here at NASA-Headquarters we try to give the most accurate information we possibly can about what happening in the world of spaceflight but it is hard to do that sometimes because, you know, politics ruin everything, especially childhoods, choughchoughdontgrowupcoughcough...
James Dean, FLORIDA TODAY 4:09 p.m. EDT October 11, 2014

Five years after a presidential review panel found it was on an "unsustainable trajectory," NASA's human spaceflight program continues to suffer from a mismatch between its budget and goals, the panel's chairman says.

"The funding still doesn't match the missions," said Norman Augustine, the former Lockheed Martin CEO who headed the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, in a recent interview. "We've been there before, we know how that movie ends. I just hope we find a way to avoid that."

The so-called Augustine Committee's October 2009 report led to policy shifts — including the cancellation of a major exploration program — that changed Kennedy Space Center's future dramatically in some ways and less so in others, leaving reasons for both optimism and concern today.

On the bright side, KSC is leading NASA's push to help companies develop commercial rockets and spacecraft that could resume launches of astronauts from the Space Coast to the International Space Station by 2017.

Gloomier in outlook: a revamped exploration program won't launch a crew beyond low Earth orbit before 2021, and then anticipates infrequent launches to unspecified destinations because of limited funding — while claiming to be on a path to Mars in the 2030s.

NASA and Obama administration officials say the Augustine review prompted the agency to pursue new ways of doing business that have helped put human spaceflight on more sustainable footing.

"In just the last five years, we've made historic progress — metal is being bent, new rockets and capsules are being launched from U.S. soil, another rover is on Mars, private investments are creating jobs, and a new American industry is taking off," said Phil Larson, senior adviser for space and innovation in the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

But for all the program changes of the last five years, the administration and Congress have not delivered more money. That despite the 10-member review panel's core finding that no exploration into deep space was viable without upping NASA's budget by $3 billion.

The agency's budget is down slightly since 2009, to $17.6 billion, and projected to stay flat for years to come.

"It's disappointing where we are on our human spaceflight program," said Leroy Chiao, one of two former astronauts who served on the committee along with Sally Ride, who died in 2012. "We asked the administration, please don't do what so many administrations do, which is say we want to do it all and then underfund it, which is exactly what happened."

Commercial KSC

Before the Augustine Committee, there was little talk of KSC becoming a "multiuser spaceport" for both government and commercial missions, or sharing its facilities with private companies, as it has begun to do.

The center was on course to continue its traditional role supporting launches of a flagship government program, while bracing for mass layoffs from the shuttle's planned retirement in 2010.

While flying out the shuttle to finish assembly of the International Space Station, NASA's Constellation program was developing Ares I and Ares V rockets and an Orion capsule to return astronauts to the moon.

The agency then projected a five-year gap in its ability to launch astronauts after the shuttle, saying Ares I and Orion would fly crews to the ISS in 2015 and to the moon by 2020.

The Augustine Committee found those projections were far too optimistic.

Due to underfunding and technical issues, the committee said the new rocket and spacecraft wouldn't be ready until 2017 — two years after NASA planned to abandon the $100 billion ISS to free up money for the new exploration vehicles.

A lunar landing wouldn't happen until "well into the 2030s, if ever."

"The U.S. human spaceflight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory," the report opens. "It is perpetuating the perilous practice of pursuing goals that do not match allocated resources."

Guided by the Augustine report, the Obama administration in 2010 proposed canceling Constellation, extending the life of the ISS to 2020 and relying on commercial providers to fly astronauts to the station, as was already planned for cargo. Congress ultimately insisted on development of a new heavy-lift exploration rocket to replace the cancelled Ares system.

Today, KSC's work force of less than 8,000 is nearly half what it was five years ago, and there's no hiring surge on the horizon.

Shuttle flights continued into 2011, nearly a year longer than originally planned, but without the longer-term extension many employees hoped for.

Human spaceflight

Today, KSC leads NASA's new Commercial Crew Program, which emerged from the Augustine Committee endorsement of the idea that companies — not just the government — could be trusted to fly people in space.

"I don't think it was as revolutionary as it came out and was portrayed, but it clearly was disruptive," said Augustine, a retired Lockheed Martin CEO who chaired another NASA review committee in 1990. "It was clear something different had to be done, and you only have a certain number of options."

At KSC last month, NASA announced the awards of crew contracts to Boeing and SpaceX.

Augustine said the commercial program has exceeded his expectations, but companies must avoid overconfidence.

"One catastrophic failure in the commercial program could make it look a lot less attractive all the sudden," he said.

Meanwhile, KSC has leased one of its two launch pads to SpaceX and former shuttle hangars may house work on commercial crew capsules and military space planes. The runway is expected to be opened to commercial spacecraft and drones in the coming years.

"For everyone that wants to see progress and transition to the future, this is the place," KSC Director Bob Cabana said last week during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new headquarters building. "We continue to move forward."

But KSC has butted heads with state officials pushing for more systemic changes they say are needed to keep commercial ventures from moving to states like New Mexico, Virginia and Texas. KSC's new master plan ignores a state proposal to build a commercial launch complex at the northern border of KSC and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Destination next?

Beyond potential new commercial activity, KSC is waiting for a new exploration rocket to arrive and proceeding much as it was under Constellation, only now waiting for a different rocket to arrive.

Work continues on a launch tower, pad, crawler-transporter, Vehicle Assembly Building high bay and other infrastructure needed to launch the 321-foot Space Launch System, which is designed to eventually surpass the Saturn V in size and launch crews on deep space missions in the Orion capsule.

Orion is being assembled at KSC and nearing an uncrewed test flight in December, before a first launch on SLS in 2018 and a first crewed mission by 2022 — a slow development schedule limited by flat annual funding.

Critics believe the program is too expensive and doomed to fail like Constellation, and debate continues over where astronauts should go.

NASA is studying the possibility of robotically tugging an asteroid near the moon that crews could begin visiting by the mid-2020s, as a stepping stone to orbiting Mars in the 2030s.

"That's not a plan," said Chiao. "It's easy to say we're going to go to Mars in the mid-2030s, because this administration is going to be gone by then. It will be someone else's problem."

Another independent report this year concluded NASA's Mars goals were unrealistic without budget increases.

The National Research Council report said that continuing current plans under a budget that does not keep pace with inflation "is to invite failure, disillusionment, and the loss of the longstanding international perception that human spaceflight is something that the United States does best."

But a different point of view supports NASA's, which is that the agency is incrementally building capabilities as best it can with available funding, which over time may lead to affordable exploration.

That's a notable change from 1989 and 2004, when presidents rolled out grand exploration visions that banked on huge sums the public never supported.

"They've got a strategy that fits the budget," said Howard McCurdy, professor at American University. "It's got a chance. It's not a sure thing. But at least their strategy recognizes the limitations of the annual appropriations process, which the last two efforts did not."

Augustine cited the lack of consensus within the space community about its exploration goals as his second big concern today, along with inadequate funding.

"There appears to be no rallying together of the space community on what it is we should be doing," he said. "And as long as that happens, we're likely to not get a lot of support from the White House or the Congress."

He said he saw a striking parallel to the field of high-energy physics, which he's worked with more recently. Bickering among competing U.S. camps resulted in research leadership moving to Europe and its CERN particle accelerator, but groups now have come together on plans the government has agreed to fund.

"There's great optimism in that community today, and that gives me optimism that the space community can do the same thing," he said.

Contact Dean at 321-242-3668 or Follow him on Twitter at @FlaToday_JDean

New rocket

The Space Launch System rocket, intended to grow more powerful than the Saturn V, replaced the Constellation program's Ares I and Ares V rockets for launches of the Orion capsule on deep space missions.

Commercial crew

In place of government-owned vehicles, NASA now plans to fly astronauts to the International Space Station on private space taxis. NASA recently awarded contracts to Boeing and SpaceX.

Where to: Mars, moon or asteroid?

After Constellation's focus on the moon, NASA shifted to an asteroid as its initial exploration target on the way to a Mars mission by the 2030s. Debate over destinations continues.

The Augustine Committee

Nicknamed for its chairman, former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, the 10-member Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee included aerospace engineers, astronauts and scientists. It's findings led to major changes in NASA's exploration programs and at KSC.

International Space Station

NASA once planned to abandon the ISS after 2015. The agency has since committed to operating the outpost through 2024.
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William-Black Featured By Owner Edited 1 hour ago  Professional Digital Artist

Just For The Record

Law is explicit in regards to what constitutes a creative work, just as it is explicit on what constitutes theft or infringement of creative works. One cannot take a copy of an artwork and post it without permission as their own work or even as part of their own work. The law makes no distinction of degree or of size. When someone does this it is theft and/or infringement.


A DMCA Take Down Notice must be accompanied by legal proofs. It cannot be faked. It is either valid, or it is not. My DMCA was accompanied by such legal proofs in accordance with the specifications under the law.


DeviantART has provided an excellent page which explains copyright policy and sheds light on commonly held misconceptions regarding the law, this page is available here.

For the law itself and its definitive clauses specifications see Copyright Law of the United States.


On or about 10-9-2014 paradigm-shifting “claims” in his journal to have filed an appeal to the DMCA Take Down Notice filed against him.


Had paradigm-shifting done so, deviantART would be required to notify me within 24 hours. No such notice arrived. Seven+ days later: no such notice has arrived.


After some investigation, ascertaining the facts, I can state the following:


1. The DMCA Take Down Notice I filed remains unchallenged.


2. Which means the infringement-strike against paradigm-shifting stands.


The claims paradigm-shifting makes only show his deficient comprehension of the matter – which is to be expected of a self-arrested mind which only knows force (in the form of immature tantrums) and deception (context-dropping is one of the chief psychological tools of evasion).


Example: None of the works paradigm-shifting infringed contains a public domain image of the “Earth” provided by NASA/JPL. His statement is false, an attempt to mislead by deception.


I respond with the following commentary which is informed by explicit direct knowledge of the law:


An original 3D model of a spacecraft is not derivative of an image of a star field or planet, public domain or otherwise.


In regards to applicable law none of my works are “derivative.”

Nor are any of my works public domain. They are proprietary.


The relevant law is clear: Using public domain images incorporated into art does not annul the provisions of law which protect the creation of original art.


Copyright makes no claim on the status of public domain images and the status of public domain images do not extend to annul the legal protection of my original creative works.


Here is the fact paradigm-shifting cannot comprehend due to the concrete-bound nature of his mentality: both are preserved, status and legal protections intact, with neither impinging on the other.  


Copyright protects my original material superimposed on background images as well as my modifications of said images. This subsumes conceptualization and architecture of program plans, depiction of propulsion systems, mission modules, habitat and landing/ascent modules, description of mission objectives and goals and all other aspects of work not obviously part of a public domain image. My unique depictions and descriptions of these are intellectual properties and fall under protection of DMCA and the Copyright law.


Copyright protects my original work and prohibits anyone from using my intellectual properties.


The product of the creative act: designing 3D models, rendering images, and composing descriptive text is protected by the DMCA, and Copyright law, and such works meet the definition of intellectual properties under the law.

paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
When I have a massive hole in my deck, I like to use the Big BLACK Caulk to make timely efficient repairs. To keep my perfect deck in pristine condition however, I use New Zealand Style Deck Sealant. Now everyone enjoys being all over my deck.

This video was given to me by :icongeneraltate: and its hilarious. lol
GeneralTate Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep it's a great video lol 
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah I had to upload that to my Facebook Page. lol. Everyone in my family about fell over laughing when they saw that stuff. lol. Thanks for sharing that one with me. hahaha.
GeneralTate Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mac killed my inner child. Crash differently. 
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Rainbow Puke Hitler by ToxicKrieg
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
I had pizza today. And chicken.
William-Black Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

GeneralTate & paradigm-shifting


You should be advised that the deviant art work paradigm-shifting posted has been removed as a result of my DMCA Take Down Notice. dA administration found paradigm-shifting’s work infringed my intellectual property in 7 instances.


According to the communication I received from dA administration, paradigm-shifting has been issued a formal written warning and advised of dA copyright policy.


In addition there has been much discussion on G+ in a forum frequented by numerous NASA employee’s, aerospace engineers, and scientists concerning your bad character and ethic’s in colluding with paradigm-shifting  in instigating a character-attack post and using copyright infringement as a means of harassment and intimidation.


You should be aware when you engage in such activities, it happens on a world-sized stage, that many dA members are watching, that many will bring this kind of activity to light and insure that it is noticed and appropriate public commentary is made.


The fact that you and a co-founder of the group knowingly posted a work which infringed the copyright of another artist, and that you knowingly hosted that work in this group in violation of your own rules speaks to your character. This is a matter I will take up with other prominent professional artists – your lack of ethics is relevant and should be widely known.

Danny420Dale Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Woohoo, thanks for having my Orion shuttle requested! Awesome!:excited: 
DarkAssassin069 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Thanks for requesting my pictures be in your group.
UkrainianWerewolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member Student Artist
nasa-headquaters, thank you for allowing me to become a member of your group.Dinyctis 
GeneralTate Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is certainly a pleasure to welcome any new members ! 
UkrainianWerewolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member Student Artist
GeneralTate, how are you this evening?  I appreciate you kind words.
kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very many thanks for requesting Air Show at Tyabb, Victoria - 3 by kayandjay100 for your group ~ I'm delighted! Cheers, Coco
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Thank you for the feature!
artbypaulfisher Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the request :)
jennystokes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the request.
jonbluestone Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This may not be your thing, but I designed what I wanted to be a 'practical' space freighter design back in the eighties called an ARCOS. I also came up some practical designs under the label LEXINGTON. If you're interested at all, please take a look in my gallery - thank you - and loving the dA page here.
synersignart Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
just found something interesting
GeneralTate Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting Indeed 
jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the requests.
DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
General Tate would this fit in here anywhere?…
GeneralTate Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Moni3 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the add! Fascinating gallery.
DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just curious, do you need this group to request your stuff to join?
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