The Stratolauncher and the Soviets

The Stratolauncher was announced a few months ago. It is an innovative design funded by Paul Allen (Microsoft’s other founder) and is a joint project of Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, with other companies making significant contributions. The project, under way for more than eight years in secrecy, looks like this: […]

NASA’s New Mission

I think you’ll be intrigued by this: […]

Another satellite coming down

This one, the German Roentgen Satellite, or ROSAT, is anticipated to have more than one tone of material make it through re-entry, including a large, heat-resistant mirror system. […]

China plays “America the Beautiful” for rocket launch

I thought this was amusing. And ironic, considering the stunt pulled at the White House before.

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The Return From Space

August, 2018: Very quietly—for many reasons—the deal had been struck. One side must act first… […]

Chicken Little Intelligence

Not politics. Science and a bit of science fiction, combined with a sad commentary on … a commentary. […]

Using Trojans

The phrase “Trojan asteroid” meant, a century ago, an asteroid in a gravitationally stable point either 60 degrees ahead or or behind Jupiter, but in its same orbit. These are “low spots” gravitationally, and tend to collect debris over time. […]

The Shuttle’s Last Flight: A New Beginning

Space Shuttle on the pad

Eight years ago, on a February morn, I was struck by the loss of Columbia on re-entry. We waited for long minutes, and in the sky above my office the high, thin contrail from the ill-fated orbiter dissipated with our hopes. Soon, the reports of debris began. […]