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March 18, 2019

Nuclear powered rockets

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:30 am
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One of the most efficient ways to travel between planets would be nuclear powered spacecraft.  However, treaties banning the introduction of nuclear weapons into space have always been seen as an impediment to such spacecraft.  However, NASA seems to be re-examining the issue. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


February 5, 2019

SpaceX tests a new engine

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:37 am
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Story here.  I’ve been posting a lot of space related news lately.  Frankly, I am thrilled.  The fact that there is news every few days in regard to innovation and exploration of space I something that was a regular feature of the news when I was growing up in the 60s.  Back then we thought we’d have a base on the moon in the 80s and regular space travel by 2000.  Then, the late 70s took all the air out of space travel and exploration.  That lasted more or less for 30 years.  Now thanks to several super-wealthy billionaires, private space companies are stepping in and filling the void.  Thank goodness.  I just hope this continues and even accelerates. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


February 1, 2019

Falcon Heavy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:05 pm
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Looks like the second Falcon Heavy shot will take place around March 7th.  This is good news for the future of space, especially as it moves us further and further away from reliance on the Russians. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


January 29, 2019

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:55 pm
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New rocket engine plant in Huntsville, AL.


“Private” Chinese space companies ready for orbital launches.


Moon mining


(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 29, 2018

The future of near-Earth space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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Since space has been in the news lately, here is a nice article on the possible first permanent steps off the planet.

November 27, 2018

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:10 am
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Looks like the USA will be back in the manned crewed spaceflight business by next year. (Thank God!)  This was way too long in coming.

And, NASA just landed another probe on Mars.  Hopefully we will learn a lot and get men on Mars soon.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 1, 2018

Air launched space rockets

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:14 am
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News here and here.

(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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)

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