Monthly Archive: August 2014

Aug 31 2014

Watch a spaceship burn up in the atmosphere from the ISS

Pretty freakin’ cool:

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Aug 30 2014

I’m telling you, invest in 3D printing technology now

NASA prints and then successfully fires fuel igniter. It will transform the world the way computers did (and do).

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Aug 30 2014

Lynx moves to Texas

California just keeps hemorrhaging jobs. They say they’re going to be ready for test flights in a few months. Even though they would appear to be behind Virgin Galactic, I’d be willing to bet that Lynx will be operational before SpaceShipTwo. Here’s an interesting CONOPS video for Lynx.

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Aug 30 2014

600 days and counting

X-37B keeps on keeping on. Here’s a good infographic on the X-37B:

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Aug 30 2014

NASA SLS Block II vs. SpaceX BFR

Fantastic article which includes the history of the SLS and it’s political challenges and just about all the news publicly available on SpaceX’s ‘Big F***ing Rocket”. It looks like SpaceX is developing a Raptor rocket, a new class of rocket more powerful than the Falcon, and using the same modular approach to get to the …

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Aug 29 2014

Obama has gotten exactly 1 thing right his entire presidency

And that’s his stance on the role of Commercial Space for manned launches. Now, to be perfectly clear, he took that stance because most Space industry districts are Republican, so his was a political decision instead of some belief that government can’t do manned exploration. But the end result has been a much bigger role …

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Aug 29 2014

I see nothing. Nothing!

As YouTube says: Skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada captured imagery of the US Air Force’s X-37B passing above the moon and over bright star Rigel in March 2014. He also captured an overhead pass in August 2014. Pretty neat!! And for you Hogan’s Heroes fans: and:

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Aug 29 2014

SpaceX’s Dragon V2 will initially land with parachutes

Ultimately, the parachutes will back up the landing engines. I think this makes perfect sense: It allows Dragon V2 to get to market faster, and It provides more redundancy for landing safely, likely reducing insurance costs. Heck, even some small planes use a parachute to make emergency landings:

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Aug 29 2014

Well………….we’re waiting

SpaceShipTwo completes another glide flight. That makes 34. My guess, and it’s only a guess, is that Virgin Galactic is still having major engine issues. We can see the 2014 Holiday season from here, and still no commercial flights. With a manifest of over 600 paying customers, only one thing comes to mind: $200 and …

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Aug 28 2014

Iridium upgrades ground system for Iridium NEXT

On track for launch next year. Boeing owns the ground system, and I’m not surprised that they’ve been squared away on this.

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Aug 28 2014

Russia is feeling the pinch of sanctions

Decommissioning the Rokot after 2016.” In the “always check the source” category, we see that globalsecurity.org takes its Russian news straight from Pravda. Here are some hilarious, non-biased bits from the link: As the Ukrainian crisis escalated, the West continued groundlessly accusing Moscow of meddling in Ukraine‚Äôs internal affairs. The United States introduced several new …

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Aug 28 2014

SLS passes review, but…

Now is scheduled for a first launch of Nov 2018, and likely $400 million behind schedule. So really a year behind schedule and already 3.5% over budget, after only three years of development. I predict at least another year slip and another $500m before it is finally launched. It will lift more than anything out …

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Aug 27 2014

Rosetta candidate sites revealed

5 potential Rosetta landing sites

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Aug 27 2014

Oh Lordy…

Regulating Asteroid Mining. The author proposes passing the American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities In Deep Space (Asteroids) Act. Yet, he unknowingly makes the case I’ve made several times here: That the Outer Space Treaty is bad for the United States. Get rid of it instead of enacting more laws and regulations.

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Aug 27 2014

First WorldView-3 images are released

DigitalGlobe’s new satellite has 1 foot resolution. Good enough to see the tin foil hat on your head…just sayin’. Here’s a sample of WorldView-3’s work:

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Aug 27 2014

SpaceX decides to delay ASIASAT-6 launch

with the rationale based on giving the team more time to evaluate any potential commonality with an incident involving a test vehicle, according to nasaspaceflight.com. Better to be safe than sorry, I guess. However, a non-weather related delay is never a good thing.

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Aug 26 2014

Boeing Continues Progress on Improved Space Station Docking System

Interesting, since ISS is going to be decommissioned in 2024. But OK…

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Aug 26 2014

DARPA should offer XS-1 as a competition prize

See, I think DARPA should change this to a Challenge prize, not a contract competition. Take the $20 million or so that DARPA will eventually award for the XS-1 concept and offer it as a Challenge Prize instead, open to any and all teams. Here’s the primary mission goal of the XS-1: DARPA wants the …

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Aug 25 2014

Outstanding Commercial Launch Industry review

The Space Review’s Commercial Launch industry review. Covers all the major players in the game: ULA, SeaLaunch, ILS, Arianespace, SpaceX, and Orbital Sciences. Doesn’t cover some of the launchers that are still in development, though.

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Aug 25 2014

Sea Launch takes advantage of gap in manifest

Basically using the time to reorganize. It’ll be interesting to see how well they come out of this dark period.

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