The Indians continue proving they are in the space business for real. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), their success with the Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), and their continued success with their latest launch today of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (formerly known as Sriharikota Launching Range), are all […]Read More PSLV: A SpaceX/ULA/Ariane Alternative?
The above picture looks exciting, doesn’t it? At least it should if you are yearning to join the elite ranks of the “Asteroid Hunters.” You, too, can be an Asteroid Hunter thanks to Zooniverse. The website introduced the asteroid hunting project, called “Asteroid Zoo,” earlier this week. If the organization’s name sounds familiar, it’s because I […]Read More DIY Space: You Are the Asteroid Hunter
Well, this must be frustrating. Imagine that you’re a part of a company that’s getting ready to launch a satellite. All the company’s engineers and managers working to get the satellite ready to go for its mission. Of course, everyone in the company is being paid to get the satellite completed. But then, your government, who […]Read More Maritime Safety Satellite’s Launch Cancelled to Make Political Point
In the last post, I posed the question about whether the US government succeeded in making moral and balanced decisions when a government program, “Operation Paperclip,” was used to shepherd NAZIs into the US. Before you answer that question, here is some more information to consider. Flexible Ethics, Questionable Judgement A very good book, “Operation […]Read More From German Tunnels to Space, Part 7–Living in America
I’ve written posts in the past regarding World View Enterprises, Inc.’s, plans to get a balloon to “near-space.” Such plans are decent and less expensive alternatives to riding on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two. At least until XCOR Aerospace gets its act together. Most recently, I wrote about World View’s design challenge, which just ended this week. But […]Read More Slipping the Surly Bonds in a Space Balloon