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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 17, 2020

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 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.)

October 30, 2020

Private enterprise in space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:38 am
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SpaceX strikes again.  Once again showing that private enterprise can be just as responsive, if not more responsive to safety issues.  Hell, at this point I am ready to simply sell NASA to SpaceX. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

October 16, 2020

Sampling an asteroid

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:30 am
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Next Tuesday, if all goes well, a NASA mission will sample an asteroid and then return the retrieved sample to earth. JAXA has done the same thing already and its probe is on its way back to earth with the sample.

The information that we gain will tell us many things, including whether or not such mining might be economically feasible. It should also help in determining the best way to deflect such a body should one be found to be on a collision course with earth. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would find this way cool)

October 13, 2020

Blue Origin

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:35 pm
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SpaceX gets all the attention, but Blue Origin is doing some interesting things.  Keep and eye on them.  It is good to see multiple companies doing this stuff. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 30, 2020

Turn the moon shot over to Elon Musk

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:48 pm
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Story here. I suspect that SpaceX can get it done faster and cheaper. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 17, 2020

Smart move

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:56 pm
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This is a smart move by NASA. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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