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Jan 17 2016

Live blogging the Jason-3 launch and booster recovery

Time (Pacific local) Event 1055 Well, I have to head out the door to take my daughter to a cheer competition (she was the one videoing from our back patio). I’ll follow up on the booster landing when I get back. BOOO to SpaceX for cutting off their Web cast without news from “Just Read …

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Dec 21 2015

Live-blogging the ORBCOMM-2 SpaceX Launch and Booster Recovery

Alrighty…here we go. Just got home from work. All times Pacific. I’ve got a good feeling about today’s events. Just sayin’… CONGRATS TO SpaceX!! I wonder how close they got to the center of the landing pad? Time Event/Observations 1750 SpaceX Webcast signing off. 1748 Next 2 ORBCOMM satellites deployed — there they go. It’s …

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Nov 24 2015

Notes from Webinar — The HTS Revolution: Are you ready to take advantage?

Listened in on a great presentation on the GEO-HTS market hosted by Gilat Satellite Networks. The facilitators were Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, Northern Sky Research and Doreet Oren, Director Product Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks. HTS = High Throughput Satellites (in case you missed it.) The Agenda included: GEO=HTS Landscape Supply & Demand GS arch …

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Sep 25 2015

Admin Note: New News Widget for “Recent Launches” added

I’ve added a Widget in the middle column to track recent launches. Like the “Other Newsy Stuff” widget, this’ll be a text widget that will list the 10 most recent launch dates from around the world. List of middle column widgets: Other Newsy Stuff Recent Tweets Events of Interest Recent Launches Future Milestones Recent Comments …

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Aug 17 2015

MUOS testing

Me_Testing

Well, drove up to Virginia for the weekend to visit my sisters and their families and just had a blast, including catching more fish than anybody else on Saturday. Unfortunately, my sisters live across the street from each other in a connectivity black hole — they still have dial-up for Pete’s sake! Got back to …

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Jul 27 2015

So where exactly is Philae?

The last post got me to wondering why we still don’t know where Philae actually ended up. Turns out, there is more data out there, just not in your normal space news sites. Bottom line, they still haven’t pin-pointed the exact location (you can bet that they would be announcing such a find with trumpets). …

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Jul 26 2015

Back from MUOS testing

I spent the past week testing MUOS communications in Fort Bragg, NC. Funny story: about 8 years ago, Margaret Robbie (the godmother of Navy SATCOM testing) and I were planning all the Technical Evaluation (TECHEVAL) testing for MUOS after launch. TECHEVAL 1 (after the first launch) was easy peasey, but TECHEVAL 2…that would be a …

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Jul 14 2015

Liveblogging New Horizon’s “Phone Home” check-in

Time (All times Pacific) Observtions 1801 NASA TV ends it’s broadcast. Always nice to record a bit of history here at NewSpaceRaces!! 1757 Power and Thermal both report nominal. We have a healthy spacecraft, and we’re outbound from Pluto!!!!! 1755 Subsystems reporting in. RF nominal. Autonomy nominal. TNDH reports clear signal. GNC is nominal all …

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Jun 01 2015

The development of Earth Orbit R&D and secondary markets

Related Posts in this series: An Examination of Delta-v in Cis-Lunar space The development of LEO Space Tourism and secondary markets In the last article, I touched upon the impact that tourism will have on the space industry and the secondary markets it will create. This seems an obvious extension of current ISS operations, where …

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May 25 2015

The development of LEO Space Tourism and secondary markets

Related Posts in this series: An Examination of Delta-v in Cis-Lunar space There are already profitable Space markets today: Communications (e.g. Satellite TV, Sirius Radio, INMARSAT), Earth Observing (in which I include general imagery, weather, cartography), and Positioning (GPS). I see these markets growing in customers and decreasing in cost over time, which likely will …

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May 21 2015

Hey, that’s me on TV!

I umpired a great High School playoff game yesterday…3-2 in extra innings. KUSI News – San Diego, CA I’m the base umpire — you can see me in the beginning in the background, and then me running in the foreground for one of the base hits. It was my first HS playoff game ever, and …

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Mar 31 2015

Saturn’s moon Enceladus vs Jupiter’s Ganymede

Icy-Moon Discoveries: What They Mean for Alien Life Search. I, of course, have a certain soft spot for Ganymede, which plays a central role in Ships & Stones. Enceladus, though, seems to have a much higher chance of harboring life, even though both moons have large liquid subsurface oceans. Ganymede’s ocean is so deep that …

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Feb 27 2015

A gift to you, dear reader

Govt Space Industry

OK…when my ISP at home was down this morning, preventing me from getting a start on my news perusal, I should have known it was going to be one of those days. Here it is, after 3pm, and I am just now able to post. Major project done at work: check, but the past 36 …

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Feb 11 2015

3rd attempt: Live-blogging SpaceX’s DSCOVR launch and booster recovery

DSCOVR launch trajectory

Live-blogging from work (without the big screen), so hopefully this will work out OK. All times Pacific. Finally: Rocket soft landed in the ocean within 10m of target & nicely vertical! High probability of good droneship landing in non-stormy weather. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2015 1544: NASA-TV is shutting down…so I will too. …

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Feb 10 2015

Pretty good article on how Prizes and Competitions spur space advances

With a focus the Google Lunar Xprize. The author lists areas where future prizes/competitions could be awarded: Geostationary orbit (GEO) combined tourism hotels/space stations Orbital lunar space tourism Lunar scientific activities Lunar in situ resource utilization experiments Lunar sample return Space debris resource management Low Earth orbit (LEO) and GEO spacecraft servicing LEO fuel depot …

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Feb 04 2015

The story behind SpaceX’s ASDS names

Inspired by Science Fiction author Iain M. Banks. The first Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship is named “Just Read the Instructions”. The second one under construction has been christened “Of Course I Still Love You”. I figured that these were SpaceX inside jokes or something, but instead: “‘Just Read the Instructions’ and ‘Of Course I Still …

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Jan 26 2015

Launch America: Commercial Crew’s Path Forward

NASA, Boeing and SpaceX held a video conference on the status of CCtCAP today. Official press release on panel broadcast is here. The panelists are: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Space Exploration John Elbon President and Chief …

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Jan 20 2015

Live-blogging the MUOS-3 launch

Alrighty…looks like things are going swimmingly. I’m unplugging so that I can go to some umpire training. Thanks for reading! 17:09: Centaur engine ignition. Everything looks good. 17:08: Payload fairings jettisoned. 17:06: All 5 boosters ejected safely. 17:05: Everything’s looking great. 2095 mph speed. 17:04: LIFTOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooooooooooooooot!! 17:03: Rocket is armed. 17:02: Rocket is on …

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Jan 10 2015

3rd time the charm? Liveblogging the SpaceX CRS-5 launch

Well, it looks like the CRS-5 launch was a success, but the booster recovery failed. I guess that means I’ll be live-blogging SpaceX’s CRS-6! Nap time for me until we go yard saling in about 4 1/2 hours. Thanks for hanging in there with me! 0221: NASA TV concludes its broadcast. 0216: Elon Musk tweets: …

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Jan 07 2015

Elon Musk “Ask Me Anything” Reddit interview

Entire interview on Reddit. This was probably the best, most informative AMA I’ve ever seen. Summary: When the Falcon 9 booster returns to the Autonomous Spaceport Drone ship, it is secured mostly by gravity (the booster has a low center of gravity), but they’ll also weld steel shoes over the booster landing feet to ensure …

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