David Knights' Weblog

November 12, 2018

Rods from God

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:35 pm
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I’ve been interested in this concept ever since I real about it in a Pournelle sci-fi novel.  With space lift becoming so much cheaper, I can see this becoming viable in the next decade.  The US needs to be the one to do it first.


November 5, 2018

Starman beyond Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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Story here. (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 22, 2018

More X-37 news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:06 pm
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The latest X-37B flight is about to exceed 400 days in space.  Followers of this blog know that I’ve got a particular fascination with the X-37B.  I suspect that one day we’ll learn all about what is going on and will be surprised.  (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)

September 12, 2018

Another space success

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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SpaceX scores another launch success for the year.

August 27, 2018

Space Force

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:02 pm
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An intelligent article on the subject. (h/t to Jeff Groves.)

August 16, 2018

Russian weapon in space?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:45 am
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A new Russian satellite is behaving oddly.  Turns out it may be a weapon.  As I have said before I think Russia is largely a paper tiger, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have to pay attention to them.  All the more reason for the US to be committed to space for both civilian and military purposes. ( Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 20, 2018

Anti-satellite aircraft

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 7:03 am
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Have the Russians developed an aircraft with an anti-satellite capability.  Color me skeptical.

July 19, 2018

Habitable moons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:17 am
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Interesting article on looking for habitable planets among the moons of gas giants.  I am skeptical that a moon of a gas giant could be habitable given the extended period of darkness that would be the result of most orbits. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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