On March 5, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee held a hearing about National Security Space Launch Programs. The hearing was a session with SpaceX’s Elon Musk, and the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Michael Gass concerning the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program and contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the program’s rising […]Read More Why Do DoD National Security Space Launch Programs Costs Keep Rising?
Looks like China just did what they said they were going to do. They just launched a autonomous rover, the Jade Rabbit, to the moon. You can go to NBC news here for more information. The Chinese are moving quickly. Video of their preparations about five hours prior to launch. Related articles China to […]Read More China’s Long March to the Moon
Last Tuesday night, Orbital launched a Minotaur rocket with 29 cubesats aboard. It seems everything went well. But perhaps just showing different pictures of the Minotaur’s ascent will be of interest to you–images like the one above? So here you go–the Washington Post has them all nice and posted for you. This launch is also […]Read More Minotaur escapes the maze
AND THEY’RE OFF!! Now we have two US companies supplying the International Space Station with their own rockets and spacecraft. SpaceRef just posted this article about Orbital’s new rocket and its launch today. Go here for photos of the take-off. And to think we were concerned about a lack of US space launch capability earlier […]Read More More of a good thing
What SpaceX is doing with rockets is just too cool! And they make it look easy. Some might remember the trick of balancing a broomstick vertically from the palm of the hand. Now substitute flame and thrust for the hand, and a 100 foot or so tall metal tube for the broomstick. Then control the […]Read More The Grasshopper keeps learning more from it’s master…