30th Space Symposium Pictures

The 30th Space Symposium is done.  It was fun and there were a lot of interesting displays.  Every company present was chest-thumping–some more than others.  Some booths were quite big.  Others were of typical size.  I realize the ticket prices are a little steep and some of you don’t have the option of volunteering.  So […]

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What’s Old Is New Again

From childhood, I’ve had this weird fascination with dirigibles.  Not blimps, but dirigibles.  The kind of airships people associate with the words, “Oh, the humanity!!”  In spite of the horrific Hindenburg episode, I always thought the zeppelins produced in Friedrichshafen, Germany, were always majestic in movement.  It also looked like a relaxing and luxurious way […]

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I don’t think Hell has frozen over (yet)

Under the exasperated sighs of “Riiiiight” and “Surrrre,” Boeing has proudly announced on November 8 a “partnership” (read “monopoly”) with the United States Air Force (USAF).  This partnership is supposed to help everyone involved to reduce “supply chain costs.” As I’ve noted before, the government and military’s acquisitions systems are broken.   This system affects the […]

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Too much XS–in government space

Every now and then, an article, like this one posted in USA Today, shows up.  The gist of the article is:  the Pentagon is looking for a “cheap” way to get satellites into space.  In this particular case they’re looking at a “space plane” called XS-1. We’ve heard this before, with pretty much the same […]

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Everyone’s worried but SpaceX

This particular article highlights some interesting differences in philosophy about success and risk (and there is a link) between established players and SpaceX.  For opinion, sadly not about space operations, but rather the future of them, read further. The scenario:  SpaceX has decided to upgrade their rocket engines to more powerful ones, and update the […]

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