Category Archives: Humans to Anywhere

The Ethics of Sending People to Mars

The National Academies Institute of Medicine says, there’s no way to do it ethically unless the trip meets our strict criteria. Personally, I’d much rather have the capability built and let anyone who weighs the odds decide for themselves. Good … Continue reading

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Orion can’t Enter Lunar Orbit in its Current Design

Recently, I found out Jeff Bell has hit a lot of the same ennui that I have, only he expressed it in an interview on The Space Show. He said many things that I agree with, and I hope he’s … Continue reading

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New Proposal for an Exploration Target

Small asteroids, mini-moons of Earth. I like the concept, though I’m not sure how the trades will work out as far as travel time and delta-vs, other than the usual situation of the faster you want to get somewhere, the … Continue reading

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Russia Considers to Doing Nothing in Space

They’re considering building a booster larger than the Space Launch System. If approved, it will tie up their resources for up to a decade.

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Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Report out

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel was created in the wake of the Apollo 1 fire. They report annually on how NASA is doing on safety issues. The 2013 report is out, and the section dealing with risk seems to echo … Continue reading

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Don’t Read This…

…if you’re relying on the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) to forge a path into the solar system. The NASA Inspector General released this report on development problems with the MPCV. While the report goes … Continue reading

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Another Way

The Space Frontier Foundation has a video talking about how space can be done without the Space Launch System. There’s nothing particularly revolutionary here, but seeing it all together is pretty cool. The video kicked off some serious discussion on … Continue reading

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Most In-depth Analysis of the Asteroid Mission I’ve seen so far

Hop David is at it again. Here, he’s taken a look at what’s involved in capturing an asteroid. He uses a tool that I’ve used in the past, JPL’s NEO close approach table generator. While the numbers look small (e.g. … Continue reading

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Been a While, I know

Lots activities in the Hill home. I’ve got a new project in work, though I’m not ready to type about it here, yet. In the meantime, here are some interesting nuggets for you. By now you’ve probably heard about most … Continue reading

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Asteroid Mission now Official…and has a Movie!

The asteroid mission mentioned earlier was officially part of the President’s budget announced yesterday. In conjunction with the formalization, NASA released a video of the concept: I have trouble seeing how the spacecraft will match rates with the asteroid for … Continue reading

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