Records were made to be broken…

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 […]

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Space Panties in a Bunch

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 […]

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Parsing to Excess

(Note: the Old Space Cadet is at it again….) In a recent comment to my April 6, 2008 post, Jon Goff quibbled about my use of the word “airline” rather than the word “airplane.” That attention to detail displays a laudable concern for precision of expression, which is a very important characteristic for an engineer […]

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What Would Warren Say?

(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 […]

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Sage Words

Remember Andy Beal? Now firmly back in his industry of expertise, he penned this letter in today’s Wall Street Journal.  Read it and think. To: Mr. Ben Bernanke Please DON”T PUT GARBAGE in the FEDERAL RESERVE “Dear Mr. Bernanke: I was afraid that if simply wrote you this letter you might never see it. I […]

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