• Aerospike

    Cool!
    Randa was supposed to be a guest on the TMRO show 2 times in the last few months, but never actually appeared. (and they never said why)

    I feared she might be dodging questions about their rockets so it is good to see that they actually have some hardware!

  • windbourne

    It is sad that nearly all of the start-ups are devoted to launch vehicles.
    Yet, there is a real need for a tug to be able to send cargo from LEO to L1 or even lunar orbit.
    The first tug does not have to be massive. But had somebody built one and then put it on one of the test launchers such as an F9 or FH, and it checked out at taking say 4-10 tonnes to L1, then it would be useful for those wanting to put small robotics on the moon.
    Likewise, we need several landers to be developed of different sizes and Ideally tested before sending cargo on them.

  • passinglurker

    I’ve seen enough props, boiler plates, mockups, and “tests” I tend not to take these startups seriously until they make a real attempt at an orbital launch.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Yea! About 20 years ago, IOS made claims and forecasts that resulted in a lot of vaporware until recently. I was confident that the IOS founders were either deluded dreamers with no hope of producing anything that could climb above the stratosphere, or they were trying to delude their investors. I will reappraise my view if they succeed in a successful static fire test of at least 10 seconds before the New Year. Otherwise?..they’ll likely fact the same fate as Armadillo, XCOR, etc.

  • therealdmt

    What’s the TMRO Show?

  • Aerospike
  • Paul451

    What’s TMRO?

    (Seriously, I looked at their site, I looked at their wiki page, tried Google and Acronymfinder. What’s it stand for? Tennessee Mud Racing Organization?)

  • Paul451

    Running costs for a tug business are too high to be commercially viable unless launch costs come down. Same issue that Bigelow has due to the lack of commercial manned launch. Can’t get there from he’ah.

  • Aerospike

    it is not an acronym.
    simply pronounce it “tomorrow” 😉

    btw: previously known as “spacevidcast”

  • Paul451

    Ew.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Perhaps the extreme secrecy for this SpaceX launch of something called “Zuma” planned for next month may involve a space test of a revolutionary propulsion system mentioned on Nasaspaceflight.com forums: EM Drive anyone? If an EM Drive does deliver a practical net propulsion force, even a few Dynes/Kilowatt, it will revolutionize the concept of a BLEO space tug.

  • therealdmt

    Thanks, I’ll check it out

  • Paul451

    It’s known to be a Northrop Grumman bird, thought to be an Eagle-3.

  • publiusr

    Not enough pressure-fed advocates.