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November 14, 2022

X-37B OVT-6 is home

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Regular readers of this blog know I am fascinated with the X-37B.  It has landed after 2 1/2 years in orbit.  Story here.  They are telling us more and more regarding what is being done on each mission, but the parts they aren’t telling us are the ones I find interesting. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would be fascinated by this.)

August 10, 2022


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:29 pm
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Just within the last day, this and this happened and barely made any news.  Space launches are becoming very common, which is both good news and bad news. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 10, 2022

SpaceX getting on with it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:25 pm
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Go, Elon. Go.  Story here.

Meanwhile, NASA moving slowly, as usual.

January 11, 2022

Way to go ESA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:21 pm
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It looks like the James Webb telescope launch last week will be in service much longer than expected thanks to the ESA’s Ariane 5’s efficiency. Story here.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 2, 2021

Well, this is good news

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First orbital Starship test in January.

November 30, 2021

Oh no!

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:04 pm
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Story here.  I am hopeful that Elon is being dramatic for the purposes of lighting a fire under his employees.  Time will tell.

August 10, 2021

Space stuff

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:46 pm
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ULA and Blue Origin are having trouble delivering engines for their new launch platform.

The Chinese are looking to build a moon lander.  Hopefully Elon will get there before them.

A Russian rocket is going to fall out of orbit and burn up. (metaphor alert)

(All links in memory of Mike Nofsinger who would love the crap out of all of this.)

June 3, 2021

Big, if true.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:47 pm
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Elon Musk claims that SpaceX is cranking out a Raptor rocket engine every 48hrs.  If that is true it is an amazing production feat.  It is also what is required to get to the level of spaceflight that the US needs. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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 12, 2021

SpaceX and fairing recovery

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:48 am
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It appears that SpaceX has determined that catching the fairings prior to their hitting the water isn’t worth the extra effort. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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