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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)

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 14, 2021

This is cool

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:21 pm
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While I am generally wary of Chinese ambitions in space, I have to say that this is a cool example of cooperation and an indication of where we could go with a less oppressive Chinese government.

December 7, 2021

China is serious about space: Part 654321

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 pm
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Story here.  Note, there is no such thing in China as a “private company”.  ( Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

October 29, 2021

How many times do I have to say it?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:43 pm
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China is serious about space.  We need to get serious too.  Thank God for Elon Musk. ( post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would be pulling his hair out over this, if he had any left. 🙂  )

September 17, 2021

The Chinese are serious about space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:03 pm
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And we need to be too.

Example 1

Example 2

Now, none of this is stuff the US hasn’t done, but the Chinese have already caught up technologically in a lot of areas.  There is no reason to believe that they won’t catch up in space, and quickly.

February 24, 2021


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:28 pm
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SpaceX has launched another 60 Starlink satellites.  The plan is to provide worldwide satellite broadband access.  Apparently, you can already sign up to beta test the service.  It is reportedly pretty good.   In a rare miss, the booster failed to land on the recovery ship.  That booster had already flown 6 previous times.  Amazing.

January 6, 2021

SpaceX getting into national defense

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:58 pm
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Well, sort of.  Got to say I am happy about this as SpaceX seems to be one of the few competent companies out there.

January 5, 2021

Power from space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:11 pm
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This technology has been talked about in one form or another since the 70s.  Interesting that they are finally getting around to experimenting with it.  I am still skeptical of its practicality.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 22, 2020

Its not just SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:13 pm
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Rocket Lab just launched a Japanese earth imaging satellite from New Zealand. This is their seventh successful launch this year. Story here. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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