Frickin’ Lasers!! In Space! Anatoly Zak is normally the feller I associate with Russianspaceweb.com. It’s a really great site that goes into extreme detail about Russia’s rockets, satellites, and space programs. But he goes to the eleven with this latest article he manged to get on Popular Mechanics. The Soviets designed a laser gun for […]Read More June 15, 2018: Weekly Spatial Resolutions
What is “Too little, Too late” for $100, Alex? Some Russians think a reusable rocket may be useful. It’s true! It’s in this article: Russia’s advanced technology fund says it will begin testing a reusable rocket to rival SpaceX by 2020. Or maybe not: Russia may lack the funds to compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 […]Read More June 8, 2018: Weekly Spatial Resolutions
Stories I happened upon during the past week. “…the Government Accountability Office warned that costs for national security space launches are rising…” Aand, here we go again: http://spacenews.com/congressional-auditors-raise-red-flags-on-eelv-costs-national-security-launch-industrial-base/. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an annual report and noted AGAIN concerns about excessive costs surrounding the United States Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program […]Read More Weekly Spatial Resolutions
In the last post, I noted that the proposed, but preposterously large, low/medium Earth orbiting broadband constellations will be cheap. Some technology and economies of scale will possibly play into that, but that’s not the kind of cost-savings I’m referring to. Let’s start with price estimates for creating the Starlink constellation from Mr. Musk: $10 […]Read More Who Will (Want to) Pay for A Few Broadband Constellations?
A friend of mine passed along this link today: http://inspacewetrust.org/en/. Before you click on it, you should have some time on your hands. This is an animated walk through history, thanks to Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency. It’s a very dynamic and cool way to present some of the more important historic bits in […]Read More Your Comrade Through Space History