Time to catch up on some of my podcast listening and this gem from Jeremy Vaeni and Jeff Ritmann’s Paratopia caught my ear yesterday with guest Wes Owsley and guest host Tim Binnall (broadcast 2/26/2010).
Owsley was a SysAdmin for NASA/MIR when MIR was still in orbit and for the first three years of the International Space Station. Jer and Tim go over the possibility of a secret space program, exopolitics and Bulgarian Ufology (which was extensive).
Jer and Tim together are outrageous and this was a fun show to listen to.
As most space cadets like me know, the Space Shuttle will retire at the end of the year. Also the much maligned Constellation Program dies an ignoble death at the beginning of the next fiscal year that starts October 1st, 2010.
Despite the belated efforts of Congress to fund their pet space program properly after 6 years of going under-funded, President Obama will go full speed ahead on his proposed FY 2011 NASA Budget that eliminates Constellation, but increases the budget by $300 mil/year for 6 years and funds commercial lift to the ISS for Americans (and others who want to pay).
Also Mr. Obamanator plans to push his plan on April 15th at the space center in Florida hoping to turn hearts and minds to his favor.
I doubt that’s going to happen and nothing will save Constellation, even bits of it.
You know why? Because we’ve already paid Russia’s Energia $700 million $omolian$ to build 2 Soyuz’ and 4 Progress cargo ships for us, that’s why.
So you shuttle and Constellation American Exceptionalism huggers/wannabes better wake the f*ck up, shuttle extension and any government built heavy-lift launch rocket ain’t gonna happen. Kiss that sh*t good-bye!
Guess who else to gonna buy Soyuz rockets and rides? And you American Exceptionalist are really gonna like this; The French!
For a cool $1 billion clam$:
“We have ordered 14 Soyuzes from the Russian Federation; the contract’s cost is about $1 billion. These are ambitious plans,” Le Gall said at a Russian-French business forum, held as part of President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to France. His speech was broadcast by the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
The new deal marks another step in cooperation between Russia and France in the space sector. Arianespace signed a contact with Russia’s space agency in 2008 for the launch of 10 Russian Soyuz-ST carrier rockets from the Kourou space center in French Guiana.
Le Gall confirmed earlier reports that the first launch is scheduled for 2010, saying it will take place in the second quarter.
The Russian and French space agencies Roscosmos and CNES on Monday approved a plan of joint work for 2010 as part of a cooperation program on new carrier rockets.
Medvedev’s visit to France will end Wednesday. He has been accompanied by a delegation of 80 Russian business leaders, with officials predicting before the visit that around 10 major deals would be signed during the trip.
Russia’s Gazprom and GDF Suez signed a memorandum Monday on the French utility taking a 9% stake in the Nord Stream gas pipeline project to pump Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Under the deal, the 20% shares of the two German partners, Wintershall Holding and E.ON Ruhrgas, will be reduced, but Gazprom’s 51% stake and the 9% held by Dutch Gasunie will not be affected.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday after talks with Medvedev that Russia and France had started “exclusive talks” on the purchase of four French Mistral-class amphibious-assault ships.
He said two of the four Mistral-class ships under discussion could be built in Russia. The announcement of the talks confirmed earlier comments by a Russian Defense Ministry source that the sale would not be finalized during Medvedev’s visit.
A Mistral-class ship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing barges, up to 70 vehicles including 13 battle tanks, and 450 soldiers. The vessel is equipped with a 69-bed hospital and can be used as an amphibious command ship.
Of course there’s some military crap thrown in for the Bilderbergers/banksters, but Energia is cleaning up on this deal too.
That’s a billion divided by 14, something like $71, 430, 000 mil a pop. We paid $116, 666, 666 mil a shot.
Obviously the Frenchies got a partner discount.
How ’bout them ‘Freedom Fries!’ 😆