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October 22, 2018

More X-37 news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:06 pm
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The latest X-37B flight is about to exceed 400 days in space.  Followers of this blog know that I’ve got a particular fascination with the X-37B.  I suspect that one day we’ll learn all about what is going on and will be surprised.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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October 11, 2018

Space mishap

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:21 pm
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Failure in the seconds stage of a Soyuz mission taking replacement crew to the space station.  All are OK, but just one more reason we need to be doing our own manned space flight. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 12, 2018

Another space success

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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SpaceX scores another launch success for the year.

July 19, 2018

Habitable moons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:17 am
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Interesting article on looking for habitable planets among the moons of gas giants.  I am skeptical that a moon of a gas giant could be habitable given the extended period of darkness that would be the result of most orbits. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 31, 2018

Space Tycoons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:59 am
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A great editorial from Instapundit. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 4, 2018

Low noise supersonic aircraft

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:05 pm
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NASA has hired Lockheed Martin to develop a test aircraft to try and create a low sonic boom supersonic aircraft.  It is an interesting idea.  I just wonder if there is enough practical use for such an aircraft. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 15, 2018

NASA report

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:49 pm
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Read the NASA report on risk tolerances on upcoming manned missions.  I find it pretty depressing reading. NASA still seems to be prioritizing risk avoidance at the cost of progress. (H/T to Jeff Groves for the link) (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 5, 2018

Space 2018

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:18 am
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Some interesting predictions about happenings in space this year.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 2, 2017

We need something like this

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:49 pm
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Anything to get us off this rock. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 9, 2017

Your feel good space story of the day

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:55 pm
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This is a great story.  There isn’t anything I can add other than Mike Nofsinger would have loved this story.  Miss you, Mike.

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