DIY Space: Build A LEGO ISS

Okay, okay!  Really this is about voting for the ability to build the International Space Station out of LEGOs.  Found on the LEGO Ideas website, this particular LEGO model of the ISS stands out because of the details the designer, XCLD, put into it.  There are over 1000 LEGO pieces that have gone into the design […]

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Croney and the Bandit (Or Why Space Needs Full Privatization)

This most definitely is opinion.  There must be some doubt about the effectiveness of Alabama Senator Richard Shelby’s legislative poison pill against new space launch providers like SpaceX and Orbital.  Another attack has been launched, this time against SpaceX’s credibility of how it builds and operates its rockets.  The attack comes from three Representatives (we’ll […]

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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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Minotaur escapes the maze

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 […]

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More of a good thing

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 […]

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