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June 2, 2021

There is no assurance of safety in space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Space is an inherently dangerous place.  This was demonstrated in a small way by this story.  In addition, the story contains a nice summary of Canada’s space contributions.

April 23, 2021

Congrats again SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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They did it again.  This time with a used booster and a used capsule.  SpaceX is making space a bunch cheaper. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who is up there somewhere, smiling.)

April 7, 2021

Asteroid mining

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:08 pm
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NASA is sending a probe to a rare metallic asteroid.  While they don’t say so, clearly this has implications for asteroid mining which may be the next big thing in space. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 5, 2021

A helicopter on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:06 am
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I give NASA a fair amount of crap on the blog.  Like most of government it is bloated an inefficient.  However, even bloated and inefficient government occasionally accomplishes something.  They’ve managed to put a helicopter on Mars.  It should fly next week. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 30, 2021

Asteroid mining

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:58 pm
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Looks like NASA is focused on this. That is good. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves) (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 26, 2021

NASA goes to SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:57 pm
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4 NASA astronauts recently went to SpaceX’s Texas facility to see the latest Starship prototype. Clearly NASA understands that their future is tied to SpaceX. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 13, 2021

Stealing a space telescope

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:21 pm
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A great article on an interesting problem. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

March 5, 2021

Can we move that interplanetary space program along a little faster?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Before a “lucky” hit occurs?(Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 26, 2021

Mars is hot

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:43 pm
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At least as far as scientific investigations are concerned.  NASA just landed its fifth rover on MarsChina is going to land their first sometime in the coming months. Even the UAE has sent a probe to Mars. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 20, 2021

Space 2021

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:22 am
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A really nice article analyzing China’s space ambitions as well as the competition from other regional powers. If you read between the lines there are some real opportunities for the US to engage in cooperation in this arena with other non-Chinese space agencies. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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