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July 2, 2020

Space Force

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:30 am
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It appears that the US Space Force is more open to the use of reusable rockets to launch their sensitive payloads.  This makes sense given that SpaceX has proven the reliability of such items.  Hopefully this will lower the cost of our operations. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 23, 2020

A helicopter on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:11 am
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This is cool.  Glad to see that we are finally putting an effort into really studying Mars.  Now we just need to get there. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 29, 2020

A neighbor

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:19 pm
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And, relatively speaking a nearby one.  There sure is a lot of space out there.

May 27, 2020

SpaceX launch scrubbed

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:46 pm
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Damn weather.  Next window for launch is Saturday afternoon. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I am sure is frustrated right now.)

May 21, 2020

Commercial spaceflight

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:56 pm
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It has been a money saver and has let us develop faster than government programs alone. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 19, 2020

Thinking of you, Mike.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:40 pm
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Mike Nofsinger would be excited by this.  I know he’ll be watching the launch.

Less than two weeks

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:04 am
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to the return of the US launched manned spaceflight. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 18, 2020

X-37B is in space again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:55 am
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Previous post here.  Over the weekend the X-37B was once again successfully launched into orbit. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 15, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:34 pm
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NASA and the USAF are launching the X-37B again.  This time, they’ve released at least some info on what the X-37B will be doing while in orbit.  I am fascinated by the X-37B and hope that one day we’ll know the full story of what it is being used for. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 12, 2020

A fire in space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:04 am
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Interesting story here about the use of the Cygnus cargo deliver vehicle for a fire safety test prior to its destruction during re-entry. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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