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November 23, 2020

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:20 am
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SpaceX isn’t the only company recovering rockets for reuse. Story here. Rocket Lab out of New Zealand is doing the same, thought differently and on a much smaller rocket.

Speaking of SpaceX, they had another launch over the weekend as well. Space launches are becoming a weekly, if not daily occurrence. This is great news. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 22, 2020

A nuclear moon

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:43 am
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Story here.  This makes perfect sense.  You’d never get enough solar power for large scale power generation.  Until we get fusion, a nuclear fission reactor is the only reasonable way to power large scale human development on the Moon and Mars.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 19, 2020

Voyager 2

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:39 am
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Is still chugging along. I remember as a kid the photos from Voyager 1 and 2. They are an inspiration for us to keep exploring. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 18, 2020

The ESA needs to just call SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:48 am
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ESA loses another rocket and 2 satellites. Story here.  If you needed any more proof of the superiority of private enterprise, SpaceX is example #1.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 17, 2020

ESA lags again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:04 pm
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It appears that the ESA’s competitor to the SpaceX Falcon 9 won’t fly until mid-2022.  Heck, at that point, Elon and company will be on their way to Mars. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Elon Musk, garbage man?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:59 am
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SpaceX may use its future Starship to clean up orbital debris on its way back and forth to the Moon and Mars. Story here.  Is there anything Elon can’t do? (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Dragon at the ISS

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:10 am
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Sitting here watching the Dragon Crew-1 capsule docking with the ISS.  Missing Mike Nofsinger and wishing I could be sharing this joy.  I know he and I would be texting back and forth.

November 14, 2020

This is my shocked face. No, really.

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:30 am
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Canada has apparently decided that it still needs a navy.  The RCN is apparently going to buy 15 frigates.  I half expected that when reading the article I was going to find that they were buying ex-USN WWI 4 stackers. (Only Jim Bates will get that joke.)

November 13, 2020

US manned space flight

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:17 pm
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The US is officially back in the manned space flight business now that NASA has certified the SpaceX Dragon capsule for regular use.  Story here. The first regular launch carrying 3 US and 1 Japanese astronaut for NASA and JAXA respectively is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at 7:49 p.m.

Even more interestingly, next year SpaceX will fly an entirely private crew to the ISS for a company called Axiom Space.  Story here. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I so wish was still around to talk to him about all this.)

November 11, 2020

US Navy to get new boomers

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:08 pm
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The USN is going to get new SSBNs, with contracts just signed for the first two subs.  Story here. (Hey Inch, want to place a bet on when the first one is actually delivered?)

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