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….
Go back to the Moon Build a Lunar Settlement (see #1) Send humans to Mars Build a Space Based Solar Power Satellite (other than a demo, if that) Build a real replacement for the Shuttle (i.e. something reusable) Build a Space Elevator Fulfill any other wild fantasy of the Space Tragic community Giving kudos where […]Read More Why We Won’t (fill in the blank):
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…
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?
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!
(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
Having just returned from hearing Obama speak under the St Louis Arch with approximately 100,000 of my fellow Americans, I thought I would pass on this piece of his platform that I think was perhaps the most important for Alt.Spacers and one that I had not heard before today: He will ELIMINATE capital gains tax […]Read More If you are for Alt-Space, Obama’s your candidate
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