4-6, 2006, Norm
Hansen, Energy USA President, attended the
Space Exploration Conference” in Houston, Texas.
NASA officials discussed
their vision of space exploration, which included spending about $128
million to return to the Moon in 2020, which translates to approximately
$2 billion per astronaut.
proposed Energy USA
spacecraft meets or exceeds the
Lunar Architecture requirements contained in "NASA's
Exploration Systems Architecture Study" for transporting
astronauts, their equipment and materials to explore the Moon. Using 5
grams of antimatter fuel, mass of a nickel, the spacecraft could take 1,000
round trip spaceflights to the Moon without refueling or one spaceflight
every week for twenty years.
The initial cost is
estimated at $20 million per astronaut.
NASA appears to be very
interested in spacecraft that can take off and land at airports and travel
to the Moon in hours.