Category Archives: New Space

Another Attempt at Satellite Mass Production

Iridium was one of the darlings of the New Space era of the 1990s. It was going to revolutionize communications by letting people talk around the world with one phone. The program broke new ground in satellite manufacturing, as almost … Continue reading

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Big day for Commercial Space!

Yesterday, one major event took place and another was announced. In the first, SpaceX launched the SES-8 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Taking place on the third attempt, this second flight of the v1.1 Falcon 9 overcame the second stage … Continue reading

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Expanding the Flight Envelope

SpaceX had their Grasshopper booster do some translation.

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More Microsatellites!

Looks like a fleet of them are going up soon to provide frequently-updated views of the Earth. As usual with tech reporting, it should be taken with a salt lick of skepticism. The concept is pretty cool, but downlink rates … 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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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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After the Presser

Listened in to the Inspiration Mars press conference today. Then I downloaded the paper that served as the basis for the plan, and read a little of others’ opinions here(I agree with Rand’s interpretation of the first question as “Are … Continue reading

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Engine test from Commercial Provider #2

Orbital successfully fired the engines of their Antares rocket on Friday. Having more ways to get cargo to the ISS is a good thing, even though one of them is more expensive for fewer flights and services. Note the Orbital … Continue reading

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News from the Commercial Space Front

Dennis Tito, the first person to personally pay for a ride to the International Space Staiton, has a press conference coming this week. Rumor has it that he’ll announce a crewed flyby mission of Mars launched in 2018. News here, … Continue reading

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What good is a room that’s Always Closed?

According to this, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will spend most of its time attached to the ISS closed, with astronauts occasionally sampling the air inside. There will also be automated sensors measuring radiation and other properties. I’m sure … Continue reading

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