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.?
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…
A number of blog posts and comments i’ve come across recently as I’ve surfed through the alt.space environment made claims about the implicit value of lunar mines – essentially, attempting to make the case that it isn’t actually necessary to be able to mine the Moon, just to have the land and the metals, minerals, […]Read More Strategic Hydrocarbon Inspace Terminal
(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
Private Orbital If only NASA would Leave It still won’t happen I wonder if they’ll publish me in the new Space Frontier Foundation online magazine? BTW, there were a whole slew of posts this week on the Cynic, so please scroll down and get caught up – and thanks for reading!Read More Haikus in Space (or, “The Cosmos is a Poem”)
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…..