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July 28, 2020

Well, this is not good

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:09 pm
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Just because they are weak and disorganized, doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous.

July 14, 2020

A Day in Space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:46 am
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An online event celebrating spaceflight and space exploration.  I can guaranty that, were he still with us, Mike Nofsinger would be glued to his computer/TV watching this. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Scrubbed launch

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:41 am
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SpaceX scrubbed a scheduled launch.  It is the 3rd scrub for this launch which was supposed to take place at the end of June.  Frankly, SpaceX seems to have a good handle on the safety thing and I trust this mission will get off the ground soon. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 7, 2020

Not every shot can succeed

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:03 am
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Always disappointing when a launch fails to achieve orbit.  However, the fact that we are making many more launches, means there will be more failures.   Hopefully, Rocket Lab will figure out what failed and get it fixed. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 25, 2020

Virgin Orbit

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:34 am
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They recently completed their last test before utilizing their 747/rocket launch system to launch a satellite into orbit.  Given that much of the Virgin empire is suffering from pandemic related economic effects, one has to worry that it will effect Virgin Orbit, just when they are ready to launch. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 15, 2020

Another SpaceX launch

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:03 am
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More satellites. Thank gosh for Elon Musk.

February 18, 2020

Go SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:49 pm
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Looks like another successful launch. (thought they didn’t land the booster, which had been used for 5 previous launches)(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 11, 2020

Iran won’t be firing missiles at Israel anytime soon

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:24 am
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At least not until they get their rockets to work.  Story here.  While space launch failures usually sadden me, I can’t say that this story brings anything but joy to my little heart. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 28, 2020

SpaceX starlink

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:27 pm
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SpaceX is having to delay the launch of the 60 latest Starlink satellites.  Better safe than sorry. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

October 4, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:20 am
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The Japanese space agency (JAXA), the equivalent of NASA has been doing some amazing science in regard to asteroids.  While they do participate in unmanned cargo resupply missions to the ISS, they do not maintain any manned spaceflight capabilities of their own (well, neither does NASA really).  Frankly, I’d love to see a collaboration between NASA and JAXA on manned spaceflight matters. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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