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…
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
Now be prepared for everyone and their brother to come knocking on your door with their proposals and plans…Read More Congratulations, President-Elect Obama!
(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 […]Read More Parsing to Excess
(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?
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 […]Read More Sage Words
I recently received an email alert from the National Space Society (NSS) urging me to contact my Senators to strongly encourage them to reject ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). They lay out a number of interesting, if highly debatable, arguments, including “it can set precedent that would render the even grander […]Read More Who’s Going to Clean Up This Mess..?
In a previous post (Housing, Homer, and Space…) I suggested that the worsening economy, combined with a change in political administration in 2009, would lead to the cancellation of the VSE and potentially the end of NASA’s manned space ambitions. While a minority of commenters argued that we weren’t in an economic downturn and a […]Read More The Perfect Storm… An End to (NASA) Manned Space?
In 2004, a group of thirteen premier space advocacy groups joined together under the Space Exploration Alliance to have their voices heard. The first SEA “Blitz” brought together 76 space enthusiasts from around the country. They converged on Washington, D.C. and talked to over 200 congressional offices in support of NASA’s bold and substantial mandate […]Read More 2008 Legislative Blitz – February 10-12 – Washington DC