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February 13, 2021

SpaceX again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:59 am
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Frankly, it feels like I post about SpaceX once a week.  I probably do.  However, that is really due to the continued success the company has in driving the US space program forward. In the latest instance, SpaceX has been chosen by NASA to launch the components of the “lunar gateway”, a small space station to orbit around the moon.  The launches are scheduled for 2024. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger) 

February 8, 2021

China is serious about space

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:02 pm
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Thank gosh Elon must is, because the US government doesn’t seem to be. China has a probe and lander approaching Mars. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 2, 2021

Nice try, SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:02 pm
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SpaceX launched their Starship SN9 test vehicle on a 10km high test flight.  All went according to plan until the landing, which for the second time ended in an explosion.  Looks like they are having the same teething troubles they had trying to land the first stage of the Falcon rockets.  I hope they get the problems ironed out, and soon.

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)

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