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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)

April 14, 2020

Mercury

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:13 pm
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Nice photos of the Earth as the ESA/JAXA joint mission to Mercury flies by.  JAXA is really doing a lot in the non-manned space arena. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 14, 2020

Small thinking

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:42 am
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In this story, the plans of the ESA and NASA are discussed in regard to getting samples of Martian soil back here for study….by 2031.  This is the perfect example of the small thinking that infects NASA. By 2031, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos will have people on Mars, while the government spaceflight agencies diddle around. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 19, 2019

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:36 am
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NASA has a spacecraft that is orbiting an asteroid and mapping it in preparation for landing and sampling the surface.  Small planetary bodies have become a hot item of study for NASA, JAXA and the ESA.

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