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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Dateline October 24, 2006: Space News from the Internet

  • More reasons I quite the planetary society and will never rejoin. Louis Friedman is a nut.
  • The decision on repairing Hubble is coming soon.
  • Progress is on its way to the ISS.
  • Brad Edwards take on the Space Elevator challenge.
  • Johm Carmack's report of the X-Prize Cup
  • Blue Origin got an FAA waiver for a short flight.
  • Mark Whittington has a column in the Washington Post on commercial space.
  • My representative Bud Cramer, thinks the monopoly concerns on the ULA are misplaced. I think he is an old b**tard that should be replaced. I just wish someone would run against him.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Dateline October 23, 2006: Space News from the Internet

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Dateline October 11, 2006: Space News from the Internet

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Dateline October 10, 2006: Space News from the Internet

New Space News

  • Bigelow is selling advertising on the Genesis II, due to launch early next year.
  • John Goff has some thoughts on space tugs and cryo fuels in space.


  • NASA is planning the first flight test of the Ares I in 2009.
  • NASA is developing two versions of the J-2X engine.
  • It looks like NASA is doing studies of what would make them more exciting to the public. About time if you ask me. Of course they could save the trouble and actually do some stuff. Clark has some thoughts as well.
  • I got to agree with Mike Griffin on the ISS, much as I would like to chunk it into the Sun.

International Space News

  • Russia is working on a space tug, Parom.

Astronomy News

  • Hubble has (indirectly) shown that planets do in fact form from discs (well maybe...)
  • Black hole jets appear to be made of protons and electrons. The jets observed by Swift contain about the mass of Jupiter if it were pulverized and blasted out into intergalactic space. (cool, huh?)
  • "Space Scientists" never seize to amaze me. Now they are complaining about our new space policy being unilateral. Its our space policy, we can't plan the rest of the world.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Dateline October 9, 2006: Space News from the Internet

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Why I Want to go to Space

To see stuff like this up close:

[Zoom In]

This is the HiRISE image of the Victoria Crater the Mars Rover Opportunity drove through. Go here for more information.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dateline October 6, 2006: Space News from the Internet

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Battlestar Galactica is back

The single greatest show on television (since Firefly went off the air) is returning for Season 3 Friday night. Get your popcorn & mountain dew ready.

If you haven't ever seen it, The Story so Far.
If you haven't seen the 9 webisodes between Season 2 and Season 3, take a look.

BTW: I am a colonial. Try your luck with the Quiz.

And Boomer/Sharon is a hottie.

Dateline October 5, 2006: Space News from the Internet

  • NASA has modified the contractt with ATK Thiokol for the Ares I first stage. The extension goes through Dec 31, 2006 and adds $35 million making the total value of the contract $63 million.
  • Even the Washington Post thinks the ULA is a bad idea. The FTC is now intervening the formation of the ULA. They are requiring ULA to do the following:

    (1) ULA must cooperate on equivalent terms with all providers of government space vehicles;
    (2) Boeing and Lockheed's space vehicle businesses must provide equal consideration and support to all launch services providers when seeking any U.S. government delivery in orbit contract; and
    (3) Boeing, Lockheed, and ULA must safeguard competitively sensitive information obtained from other space vehicle and launch services providers.

  • Michael Belfiore has the cover of his book on private space business leaders out.
  • A new class of planets orbit their sun in hours rather than years.
  • The shuttle has a ding. Better not tell Dad ;)
  • Scientists are looking for other habitable universes (subscription)
  • Burt Rutan is one of Popular Mechanic's breakthrough leaders.
  • The Register thinks space tourism will help NASA with the public.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dateline October 4, 2006: Space News from the Internet

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Dateline October 3, 2006: Space News from the Internet

  • The Lunar Surface Module will be called Artemis. I wish NASA would put out as much new hardware as it does new names.
  • A new survey on space tourism from Spaceport Associates and Incredible Adventures shows. Apparently, $25,000 for suborbital and $500,000 for orbital is the sweet spot as 2/3 of respondents would go at that price.
  • Apparently the FTC has cleared the Boeing Lockheed Martin joint venture, ULA. Help us Jesus. Jeff Foust discusses.
  • A launch ring. Very Heinleinian.
  • The Ares I recovery systems seem to be working.
  • An overview of the three Centennial Challenges taking place at or around the X-Prize Cup this year.
  • SpaceDev won a contract to work on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Monday, October 02, 2006

Dateline October 2, 2006: Space News from the Internet

[Editor - Sorry I have been out of action. I have a lot more stuff on me than I used to and it has taken some time to get schedule set so I could get everything done. Should be find now -djs]