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
This site contains my opinions and ideas only, not the opinions or ideas of any organization I work for. It’s my idea playground, and I’m inviting you in. Welcome! Which is worse? An advertised price many folks say can’t be true? Or an unavailable published price taxpayers are normally on the hook for? The second […]Read More The $62 million (and higher) question
Blue Origin is one of those rocket companies that’s been fairly secretive in its activities. But it’s very difficult, unless you’re Russia or China, to secretly shoot a rocket 307,000 feet (58 miles) into the sky. But launch is just what Blue Origin did last week, on 29 April. The company not only tested the rocket, […]Read More Amazoom? Blue Origin launches a rocket
The Orion capsule was successfully tested last week. For those who don’t know, the Orion is NASA’s future crew capable capsule, which will hopefully be used to explore to the moon and beyond. The capsule was tested on December 5, 2014, lofted into space for a very short time and then reentered the Earth’s atmosphere […]Read More Another False Step for Mankind?
This post is the completion of a short analysis I started yesterday about why NASA’s and the DoD’s launch operations will not be affected by SpaceX’s choice to build and use a launch operations center in Brownsville, Texas. It was prompted because of a post The Space Review put up on their site Monday, which suggested […]Read More SpaceX’s Own Spaceport Will Not Affect NASA or DoD Operations, Part 2