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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 10, 2021

Faster please

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:03 am
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The headline is a classical reference to the blogfather, Instapundit. Here is a story that is very encouraging.

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)

April 7, 2021

Asteroid mining

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:08 pm
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NASA is sending a probe to a rare metallic asteroid.  While they don’t say so, clearly this has implications for asteroid mining which may be the next big thing in space. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 6, 2021

It was a nice dream

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:46 am
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while it lasted. Apparently the EM drive isn’t what it was hyped to be. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 5, 2021

A helicopter on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:06 am
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I give NASA a fair amount of crap on the blog.  Like most of government it is bloated an inefficient.  However, even bloated and inefficient government occasionally accomplishes something.  They’ve managed to put a helicopter on Mars.  It should fly next week. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 30, 2021

Asteroid mining

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:58 pm
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Looks like NASA is focused on this. That is good. (h/t to 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 24, 2021

Not just SpaceX

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:21 pm
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Rocket Lab is racking up some impressive statistics for its space launch business. Good. The more private companies we have doing this the better chance we’ll get out there sooner and we;; ahead of our national competitors. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 16, 2021

B-52s

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 10:31 pm
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No, not the musical group, the airplane.  This article claims that there is now discussion of keeping the 52 in service thru 2097.  That is crazy.  However, a good re-engine followed by a complete software systems upgrade would surely make sense and could keep them flying thru at least the 2040s

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