For those who suffered through the 1st Presidential stump speech fest (“debate” is too strong a word for what I witnessed), you may have noticed that the issue of Space didn’t get any coverage, other than a passing reference to China sending some astronauts up and how we should focus more on math and science […]Read More Well, it sorta got mentioned…
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.?
If Palin is qualified as a Russia expert because Alaska is next to Russia, then Obama is better suited for running our space program than McCain is because he’s taller (and hence closer to the edge of space).Read More Why Obama is Better for the Space Program
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
A post over at the Space Politics website discusses the recent testimony of Mr. Gene “Failure is Not an Option” Kranz, the longtime NASA Flight Director, at the space subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee on the planned reauthorization of NASA and the Vision for Space Exploration. Now I must admit that I have always […]Read More Bad Analogies are NOT an Option, Mr. Kranz
Tomorrow morning I’m going to be in the peanut gallery watching government “go through the motions” discussing ISS commercialization, shuttle gap, and all sorts of problems (which they can’t really say are major problems…) at a House of Representatives hearing starting at 10:30 am. Be there if you can, it should be entertaining. In particular, […]Read More Here We Go Again…
I received a very interesting powerpoint presentation recently in my email – “Generation Y Perspectives” that appears to have been prepared either by or for NASA. Here are some of the “defining characteristics” of Generation Y: Demands instant gratification Expecting (NOW! Not 5 minutes from now) Quickly bored Multitasking Empowered Impatient if delayed… but highly […]Read More More Ritalin Please…. Generation Y is here
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..?
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…
Irony abounds. A little over a year ago, various talking heads and the interest groups they represent engaged in all sorts of hand-wringing about those crazy Chinese after the ASAT test demonstrated that China could, in fact, shoot down a satellite (well, technically blow up a satellite, since I believe one of the concerns was […]Read More Hey Batter Batter…..