Much love to Cynic-in-waiting Paul Contursi, who offered us this very cynical take on on-orbit refueling by Rob Coppinger. Equally entertaining are the comments.Read More I swear, this guy is one of us
I saw in Space Daily yesterday an interesting take on “spaceports”. The money quote from the sidebar was: “All in all, there are some 20 active, or soon to be active, space launch sites around the world. Last year the total worldwide orbital launch count was 68. Simple arithmetic tells us that the average number […]Read More Didn’t we already discuss this?
As a good friend of mine reminded me: “Getting into an argument on the internet is like being in the Special Olympics – you might “win”, but you’re still [developmentally disabled].” I didn’t use the term he did, at the end, out of respect for the fact that my wife has worked with/for the MRDD […]Read More I am a Lost Cause
I go to this website, looking for a specific story, this morning, when I see an ad from Norton offering a drawing to “Win a Trip to Space”. Reading the contest rules carefully, I find that the prize for two randomly-selected winners is a free trip on a Zero-G flight. Those two are then entered […]Read More Win a trip to Space! Entries due tonite!
They want to make mini-nuke plants the size of a garden shed that can power 20000 homes: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/09/miniature-nuclear-reactors-los-alamosRead More Somehow I don’t think they’re using He-3 from the Moon
I have to admit this battle-hardened Cynic’s heart soared right along with Yves Rossy, as he, like Daedalus, strapped on a pair of custom, homebuilt wings and flew above the Alps: http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/05/swiss-man-strap.html It took years of risky trial and error to achieve. There was no profit in it, neither for him nor the corporate sponsors […]Read More This Looks Like Fun
While I mentioned this topic on my annual year-end Space Show appearance, last December, I’ve decided to expand on it here, in response to specific pleas by regular readers/listeners. (I also want to do this before 2008 gets completely away from me, as it’s beginning to do already.) At last December’s Space Investment Summit (SIS-3), […]Read More Kool-Aid of the Year, 2007
“It has been a damned serious business – Blücher and I have lost 30,000 men. It has been a damned nice thing – the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life…By God! I don’t think it would have done if I had not been there. “ — The Duke of Wellington, upon defeating […]Read More A First Look at the Google Lunar Prize
As those who regularly read the Cynic understand, our primary goals are to (a) prevent bad investments from happening, and (b) convince potential “space tragics” not to devote their lives, money and careers to pursuing pipe dreams that will only end up breaking their hearts and potentially harm their long term professional prospects. Having said […]Read More They’re Baaacckkk…the Trillion Dollar Asteroid Miners
In my regular gig as a systems/software analyst, I have to wade through a lot of material each day just to keep up with current trends. While my RSS reader has helped me gather it an order of magnitude faster, the reading of the material itself often remains tedious. (The speed reading class helped, but […]Read More Those who can, launch; those who can’t, PowerPoint.