Lone Star Rising

According to this Bloomberg Businessweek article, it looks like SpaceX just bought itself a spaceport.  Their planned launch facility looks to cover nearly 50 acres of Texas land on the coast.  The specific area might be near Boca Chica Beach. Why would SpaceX want a launch complex in this area?  First of all, if they […]

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Buran Buran: when notorious space programs die on planet earth, where do the buildings go? Rio?

Well, “the reflex”-ive answer is “Nowhere, of course!!”  But what does happen to space launch facilities once a program goes away?  Maybe some people “save a prayer” for them,” but in most of the modern world, facilities tend to be reused.  Space launch complex-6 (SLC-6) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is a good example […]

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Pictures of the Dragon

Sorry about that last quick post.  I normally don’t monitor launches. But here’s some more information about SpaceX’s Dragon from Yahoo! News.  Remember, this one has the newer engines which a lot of established players (Air Force, Lockheed, etc.) were worried about.  Of course SpaceX did test these as best they could, but the real […]

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United States Government adding to the polar low earth orbiting constellation

This article caught my eye, if only because of the inaccuracy of the headline.  The nation’s largest rocket was actually the Saturn V.  When someone prints a headline like that, it normally means they just took the public release, and reprinted or copy/pasted it.  I think they mean the nation’s largest, currently, which might be […]

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