Retrofuturism shows the future produced in an earlier era. Futurism is anticipating what will come and retrofuturism is remembering an outdated expectation.
Journey to Space was made in 2015 and is looking at what Boeing and United Launch Alliance hoped would happen. They wanted decades to make and tens of billions to make space stations and launch systems that were the next version of the International Space Station and the Shuttle.
The total cost of the actual 30-year service life of the shuttle program through 2011, adjusted for inflation, was $196 billion. There were 133 successful launches and 2 failed missions.
The Space Station cost about $150 billion.
We are coming up on the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing.
NASA has had a total of $1.3 trillion in inflation-adjusted funding. The military and spy agencies have had space funding of over $2 trillion in inflation-adjusted funding for a lot spy satellites.
The Journey into Space has a poster with a solar and nuclear propulsion vehicle. It might be a multi-megawatt Vasimr plasma rocket.
Everything shown as anticipated in Journey into Space is for extremely expensive systems that are in multi-decade timelines.
The documentary talks about missions to Mars in the 2030s.
All of the activity will be moved ahead to the 2020s. SpaceX will send unmanned missions to Mars by 2026 and will surpass all of NASA’s current orbital and moon mission plans.
The fully reusable Super Heavy Starship will enable larger missions earlier than anything shown in Journey into Space. NASA and ULA are still following the Journey into Space style visions. The new SpaceX future of Space will become obvious to everyone over the next two to four years.
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