It’s been 11 years since this post first went up. Hopefully George and the team at Virgin Galactic can crack the code before 2020… i’m still looking forward to buying my ticket (seriously). UPDATE: According to this just published article on Gizmodo, Sir Richard appears to be strongly expecting that White Knight 2 will fly […]Read More Still waiting for Zarquon…
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)
A recent article in TheStar.com discusses how space may be the first frontier for the next major conflict. By major conflict I assume one in which the US is engaged with another world power and not the sort of massively asymmetric warfare we are engaged in in the Iraq & Afghanistan. Thinking through how a […]Read More It’s a MAE MAE MAE MAE MAE MAE World….
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?
When Dennis Tito flew to ISS, there was an outpouring of cheering from the alt.space community because the era of space tourism was finally here. Claims were put forth about how the $10m price tag was only the start, to be followed by a decreasing price that would make space accessible to more and more […]Read More So Much For Space Tourism…
(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
As a sometime investor in various space-related startups, I troll the web periodically looking for potential opportunities or even just interesting technologies. In the early afternoon of September 16th, I came across the web site for Masten Space Systems, Inc.: http://masten-space.com/ I know next to nothing about the company other than it is located in […]Read More In Space, Can Anybody Smell the B.S.?
http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/957-BWB-2008-06-08.mp3 Space Cynics Shubber Ali, Tom Olson, and me (DrSpace aka Professor L) met in the hotel coffee shop for an in-person discussion featuring the Cynics’ view of several of the topics discussed at ISDC 2008. This was the first ever in-person Cynics discussion and program, but we hope to offer you more at future […]Read More THE SPACE SHOW AIRS THE FIRST EVER SPACE CYNICS ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION FEATURING A CLOSER CYNICS’ EXAMINATION OF SPECIFIC ISDC 2008 TOPICS AND SACRED COWS.
At this weekend’s ISDC in Washington DC, we had a rare alignment of travel schedules, not unlike the grand alignment of the outer gas giants (spare us the obvious jokes, folks!). Taking advantage of this opportunity, the three of us (David, Tom, and myself) and our honorary cynic, Reda (known to many as the first […]Read More A Gathering of Cynics