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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)

February 24, 2021

Starlink

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.

February 20, 2021

Space 2021

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:22 am
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A really nice article analyzing China’s space ambitions as well as the competition from other regional powers. If you read between the lines there are some real opportunities for the US to engage in cooperation in this arena with other non-Chinese space agencies. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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