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September 20, 2021

Congrats to SpaceX (yet again)

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:35 am
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SpaceX launches, orbits and recovers the first all civilian space crew.  This is big.  Also, nice to see St. Jude getting some donations from the flight.  I’ll say it again. Thanks God for Elon Musk!

August 6, 2021

Get out of Elon’s way

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:31 am
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This is crazy.  We need to get the government out of Elon’s way and let him do what he does, as fast as he can.  Have we learned nothing so far? (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would be as pissed as I am about all this.)

June 12, 2021

A private space mission

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:55 pm
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A December crew dragon mission will take a private space crew to the ISS.  The times we live in. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger who would be on the list for sure.)

June 3, 2021

Big, if true.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:47 pm
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Elon Musk claims that SpaceX is cranking out a Raptor rocket engine every 48hrs.  If that is true it is an amazing production feat.  It is also what is required to get to the level of spaceflight that the US needs. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 17, 2021

Catching up

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:45 pm
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While I was away from the blog, a lot happened in the space arena.    One of the important things that happened is that SpaceX flew Starship SN15 and stuck the landing.   This is important, because once SpaceX succeeds once in doing something like this, they usually show pretty quickly that they can do it every time.  This leads pretty quickly to the idea that SpaceX will take the Starship into space in the very near future.  Stay Tuned.

April 23, 2021

Congrats again SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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They did it again.  This time with a used booster and a used capsule.  SpaceX is making space a bunch cheaper. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who is up there somewhere, smiling.)

April 12, 2021

SpaceX and fairing recovery

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:48 am
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It appears that SpaceX has determined that catching the fairings prior to their hitting the water isn’t worth the extra effort. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 8, 2021

I hope

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:56 pm
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I hope this is what happens. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)(Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 26, 2021

NASA goes to SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:57 pm
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4 NASA astronauts recently went to SpaceX’s Texas facility to see the latest Starship prototype. Clearly NASA understands that their future is tied to SpaceX. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 3, 2021

SpaceX does it again…again.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:38 pm
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I know I have said it before, but thank God for SpaceX and Elon Musk.  Single-handedly they are driving us back into space. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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