Frequently Raised Objections
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It's all on paper; nothing is real.

Of course it's all on paper! Nevertheless, we frequently hear the complaint that we must not be serious because we haven't yet built any spacecraft.

The Artemis Project is about 95% business 5% space flight. Business deals almost entirely with intangibles--it takes a lot of planning and paperwork to get the goods to market.

As for the spacecraft, we're in the conceptual design phase. Any well-engineered project spends the great majority of its life on paper (or, these days, in computer models and data bases). It would be most irresponsible of us to be building spacecraft parts at this point in the program. We would end up investing an enormous amount of money and effort in things we'd have to throw away as problems are discovered in the system engineering process.

You can expect the Artemis Project spacecraft to be on paper, or at most represented by models and mockups and test beds, until we are within two years of launch. When we reach that point, it will be time to start bending metal.

Frequently Raised Objections

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