Category Archives: Political

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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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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Should have Taken a Screen Grab!

NASA announced the completion of SLS‘s Preliminary Design Review, a mandatory step in any development where a lot of outside experts are brought in to review the work done so far. After that data review, there’s a series of presentations … Continue reading

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A (First?) Sane Fiscal Analysis of SLS

John Strickland takes a look.

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Asteroid Mission Swirl

Well, Congress has had an early say in the humans-to-captured-asteroid mission, and that say is “No.” It’s stuff like this that’s soured me on political activism. I understand it’s how things get done, but the constant energy required to counter … Continue reading

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Asteroid Mission Gaining Allies

The $100M seed money for the asteroid-gather-astronaut-visit mission got an endorsement from Senator Bill Nelson. In the remarks, he said that the astronauts would visit the captured asteroid in 2021, which would align with the first crewed mission of SLS. … Continue reading

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Ah, the Sequester

Well, we’ve heard about the loss of college assistance for soldiers, and the cutting of support programs for families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan or Iraq. NASA is cutting travel pretty heavily, and has its eye on educational outreach … Continue reading

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Good News for Future Robotic Space Exploration

Usually, robots that travel beyond Mars (sometimes, even robots that land on Mars) bring a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator as their primary power source. These power sources not only provide electricity but critical heat as well. In the case of Curiosity, … Continue reading

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Dang! Missed it

Looks like a meteor lit up the skies around the East Coast last night. Excellent timing, considering the Congressional hearings on planetary defense this week. Reminds me of a time when there was a Congressional hearing on funding for space … Continue reading

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