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January 15, 2021

Finally

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:23 pm
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Finally, I am living in the time of routine commercial spaceflight.  I thought I would see this after 1969. Never imagined it would be 50 years later. Latest story here. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I am sure would be as pleased as I am.)

January 13, 2021

SpaceX does it again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:39 pm
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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.

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)

December 21, 2020

Remember when I said the US should

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:35 pm
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sell NASA to Elon Musk for a dollar?  It is because of things like this, and this. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who’d be as mad as I am at idiocy like this.)

December 18, 2020

Sell NASA to SpaceX

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:55 pm
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For a dollar.  Then give SpaceX 3/4 of the budget we give NASA each year.  The government saves money, and we get a competent space program. Story here

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 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)

November 17, 2020

ESA lags again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:04 pm
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It appears that the ESA’s competitor to the SpaceX Falcon 9 won’t fly until mid-2022.  Heck, at that point, Elon and company will be on their way to Mars. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Elon Musk, garbage man?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:59 am
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SpaceX may use its future Starship to clean up orbital debris on its way back and forth to the Moon and Mars. Story here.  Is there anything Elon can’t do? (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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