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November 23, 2020

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:20 am
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SpaceX isn’t the only company recovering rockets for reuse. Story here. Rocket Lab out of New Zealand is doing the same, thought differently and on a much smaller rocket.

Speaking of SpaceX, they had another launch over the weekend as well. Space launches are becoming a weekly, if not daily occurrence. This is great news. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 19, 2020

Voyager 2

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:39 am
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Is still chugging along. I remember as a kid the photos from Voyager 1 and 2. They are an inspiration for us to keep exploring. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 18, 2020

The ESA needs to just call SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:48 am
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ESA loses another rocket and 2 satellites. Story here.  If you needed any more proof of the superiority of private enterprise, SpaceX is example #1.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

August 18, 2020

Way to go JAXA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:29 pm
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Looks like JAXA is going to get more use out of their asteroid exploring satellite. Good job JAXA. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

August 15, 2020

More Elon Musk goodness

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:14 am
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SpaceX Starlink project is super interesting.  If he can pull it off, having satellite based internet access anywhere in the world would be way cool. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

August 4, 2020

Chinese space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:17 pm
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China recently had a failure of their solid rocket fueled satellite launch vehicle.  However, this article does serve to point out the steps China is taking to become a major player in satellite launch business.

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)

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