Video: Jim Bridenstine Addresses Humans to Mars Conference

Video Caption: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine delivered the keynote address at the Humans to Mars Summit 2018, on Wednesday, May 9 at The George Washington University, in Washington. The annual event addresses the technical, scientific and policy challenges of making human exploration of Mars a reality.

  • P.K. Sink

    Pretty good speech. ( I’ll vote for almost any politician that can manage to keep a talk to under ten minutes long.) It sounds like a fairly coherent plan overall. Public-Private fixed-price contracts will be the key. A certain level of bipartisanship wouldn’t hurt either.

  • Zed_WEASEL

    He lost me with that bit about the need for the bloated Senatorial Launch System at the end of the clip. There is no way NASA can get to Mars while the SLS program is active with the current funding levels.

  • If they can continue to set modest, incremental goals – which I think they are doing – I fully expect that this time WILL be different. I realize that promising fusion-powered, mega-ships zipping off to distance stars gets headlines, but it’s gotten us exactly nowhere in 45 years. I much prefer a simple set of day-in-day-out goals like these that actually get done.

  • P.K. Sink

    Congress will fund his projects if he doesn’t try to piss on their’s.

  • P.K. Sink

    Yeah…between developing lunar landers and rovers, gateway habitats and propulsion modules, LEO stations and various Mars science projects…it could get pretty exciting around here. And that’s not even counting SX, BO, VG, SL , SNC and assorted small rocket companies, interplanetary cubesats, Lightsail, asteroid missions, New Horizons and Europa Clipper. WAHOO!

  • Zed_WEASEL

    Agree. But my point on the viability of a Mars program using the SLS stands. Same for going to the Moon with the SLS.

  • And on top of those, there are so many ADDITIONAL places/ways groups can get hooked in to either use their existing tech/products or develop new tech/products for other applications. This is what a space ECONOMY would look like, and it’s MUCH bigger than just having a space AGENCY.

  • P.K. Sink

    WAHOO!

  • mike shupp

    Well, getting humans back onto surface of the Moon is ten years off, and getting people onto Mars or even in orbit around Mars is probably twenty years off. Surely we will be done with funding the SLS by then, whether or not we keep the damned thing around.

  • Zed_WEASEL

    The damned thing is based mostly on technologies from the mid 1970s with annual flight rate of 0.75 mission and costs between 3 to 4 billion dollars per year. It is so expansive that until NASA finish developing the SLS, there will be nothing else for Human Space Flight with the current finding levels (i.e. landers).

    The pace that NASA is on. They wouldn’t even have a crewed Lunar lander until after 2020s while tinkering with the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway make work project. Which does not require the SLS for assembly in Lunar orbit.

    Hopefully the folks from Hawthorne or Kent can get something on the surface of the Moon before 2024 with Mars a few years later.