American Enterprise Will Beat China in Outer Space I tend to subscribe to this premise. Not just for China, but for the United States in the space industry generally. This is not to say our system is perfect. But by soliciting for and sponsoring new companies through contracts, NASA, with a paltry budget, fostered SpaceX’s […]Read More February 22, 2019: Weekly Spatial Resolutions
Word of the day: Bangabandhu The satellite on SpaceX’s first Block 5 Falcon 9 launch seems to be named after Bangladesh’s founding father. It supposedly means “friend of Bengal.” Budget 2018: space agency details still scant – but GPS and satellite imagery funded Okay, the Australians are so serious about space, they’re spending millions to […]Read More May 11, 2018: Weekly Spatial Resolutions
“If at first you don’t succeed…”–this is the spirit that is guiding the people conducting the activities at PocketSpacecraft.com. They originally tried to get their “Mission to the Moon” project funded last year with Kickstarter, but didn’t get the funding level required there. The Mission to the Moon would’ve given lots of people the opportunity to send […]Read More DIY Space: Do You Have Room in Your Life for PocketSpacecraft?
There are several teams competing for Google’s Lunar XPRIZE. One team is going their own way, because instead of using just one robot, the team, Hakuto (which is Japanese for rabbit), is using two. The following information comes from Space.com’s recent post about Hakuto and the robot duo they are prototyping. The bigger robot, looking like […]Read More More Rabbits on the Moon?
Brian Weeden, from The Space Review, has written up a fairly well thought-out and long story about the May 2013 launch of a “sounding rocket” (according to the Chinese) from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The story, posted on 17 March 2014, gives some pretty good reasons to suspect that perhaps the Chinese were not telling […]Read More A Chinese Direct Ascent GEO AntiSatellite Test in 2013?