It’s getting to the point that i should probably just rename the Space Cynic blog the “SpaceX is Awesome” blog…. SpaceX has done it again. Actually, according to this article today from Gizmodo, they’ve done it 4 times in one flight. Specifically, the latest Falcon 9 launch set these records: Falcon 9 rocket re-flown THREE […]Read More Records were made to be broken…
It’s a basic rule of economics that the intersection of the supply and demand curves for a product or service will give you the “market clearing” price. It’s therefore no surprise that if the cost of an item goes down, then the demand for it should increase, assuming normal economic curve profiles. (quick lesson on […]Read More (Space) Economics 101
Et tu, NASA? Have you succumbed to the political correctness run amok in the halls of our government? Apparently, the answer is a sad “yes”. This week’s Atlantic has a great essay on the latest lack of leadership chapter at NASA – the “we must dig into the leadership and culture at SpaceX” because, you […]Read More Space Panties in a Bunch
Just received this press release. Although they have been operating under a fairly good shroud of secrecy, the wrapper is starting to be removed, and, like Christmas, we are beginning to see the awesome present that was under the tree… So congratulations to another disrupter of the staid launch industry, Blue Origin, for […]Read More This ain’t no stinkin’ drone… (wait for it)
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
So in honor of our 300th post, i was planning to do a detailed examination of where we’ve been in the past couple years since the Space Cynics blog was started, how the industry has/hasn’t matured, predictions we (and others) have made that have/haven’t come true, etc. And then I read this little gem. Seems […]Read More What’s next? A note from his Mom?
(this post is from the Old Space Cadet) On October 13, 2008, The Space Review carried my article The commercial suborbital sounding rocket market: a role for RLVs? http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1228/1 . This article provoked some interesting commentary (and a lot that wasn’t so interesting). For convenience of the reader, I am reproducing the text of the […]Read More Alt.Space – The Thinkers and the Lunatic Fringe
It appears that Dr. Zubrin and I agree on something after all… A recent email exchange between proponents of Space Solar Power (or as we sometime lovingly refer to them: those who gulp from the space kool-aid punch bowl), which focused on the cost of access to space and the apparent closing of the business […]Read More SSP Makes Strange Bedfellows
(NOTE: this post courtesy of the Old Space Cadet) When I was a wee young lad in the mid 1960s I bought some stock because of my confidence in the company’s principal. His name was Warren Buffett. Since then, I have made a point of treating the annual reports of Berkshire Hathaway the same way […]Read More What Would Warren Say?
Can anyone see the flaw in this logic: Senior engineers working on the Ares 1 have determined that there is a high degree of danger of catastrophic shaking vibrations in the launch vehicle, with the expected bad outcome for those brave souls sitting on top. (See previous post on this topic here). Aviation Week Article […]Read More C’mon lucky number 7! Baby needs a new pair of shoes…