David Knights' Weblog

July 7, 2020

Green Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:15 pm
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Very interesting. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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)

One of these days

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:21 am
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It isn’t going to be a rock 5 feet across. It will be a rock 500 feet across.  It won’t be the equivalent of 165 tons of TNT, but 165 megatons of TNT. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 2, 2020

Space Force

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:30 am
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It appears that the US Space Force is more open to the use of reusable rockets to launch their sensitive payloads.  This makes sense given that SpaceX has proven the reliability of such items.  Hopefully this will lower the cost of our operations. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 1, 2020

Elon thinks big

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:41 pm
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Story here.  All I can say is I hope he hurries up. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 23, 2020

A helicopter on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:11 am
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This is cool.  Glad to see that we are finally putting an effort into really studying Mars.  Now we just need to get there. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 9, 2020

Goodbye, Titan

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:53 am
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Well, not really.  It looks like Titan is drifting away from Saturn faster than expected. (about 4 inches a year) (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 8, 2020

God bless Elon Musk

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:45 pm
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The man is a national treasure. Go, SpaceX. Go.

June 3, 2020

Elon Musk

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:08 pm
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Elon Musk may turn out to be the greatest American of his generation. (yes, he is South African by birth). He may end up contributing more to humanity than anyone since Norman Borlaug.

May 29, 2020

A neighbor

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:19 pm
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And, relatively speaking a nearby one.  There sure is a lot of space out there.

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