I write for other outlets other than this web page and my books. Here, you'll find links to other articles I've done as well
as more thought-out topics that I may have touched on in the blog The most recent essays are at the top.
April 2007 - Locally - On April 2nd, I got my first real fan mail. A 3rd grade teacher read I Want to go to Mars
to her class, and she sent me her copy to see if I'd sign it. She also sent pictures drawn by her class. It reminded me
why I've taken up this craft.
Why I Write...and why you Should too
March 2007 - The Space Review
- there'd been a flurry of articles about crewed asteroid exploration missions, some of them alluding to the fact that such
trips may be easier than going to the moon. The argument didn't make sense to me, so I used the JPL NEO office orbit visualizer
to try and figure out how often such a mission would happen. The more complete article can be found here
Asteroid Missions: Be Patient or Bring Lotsa Gas
April 2006 - High Frontier
, The Professional Journal of Air Force Space Command
. The article is titled "Space Situational Awareness: Before you Control, you must Understand," and examines four incidents
that happened to satellites in recent years and their broader implications. Discussion moves to the architecture of a center
that could track such events in an effort to build our knowledge, eventually allowing us to discriminate natural events, satellite
failures, and attacks. The journal will be available for download from the Space Command library
High Frontier, Volume 2 Number 3 (Acrobat Required)
In an article in The Space Review, Duane Day said that the failure of Falcon I could be compared to 55% of other
rockets flying successfully on their first flight. I took a look at the list used for the argument, and found several boosters
that had flight heritage before they flew. I wrote a counterpoint.
First flight success isn't the whole story
July/August and November/December, 2005 - Space Times, The Magazine of the American Astronautical Society, published
a two part article of mine. Titled Entertaining Proposals, part 1 (J/A pp 18-21) looked at how a crew on a long-distance
mission will pass the free time that they have. Part 2 (N/D pp 15-19) took a different viewpoint and described how space
missions could use the natural tension of building a mission to create some very entertaining, and hopefully engaging, television.
Unfortunately, Space Times is not available online.
August 15, 2005 - Jeff Foust, editor of The Space Review, was unable to attend this year's Mars Society Conference. He asked
me to summarize the proceedings.
The Woodstock of Mars
January 3, 2005 - After the (minor, compared to what it could have been) hoopla over asteroid 2004 MN4, I tried to think of
a way to prevent something like its unprecedented threat rating from hapening again. The result was this article in The Space
Revising the Torino Scale
November 8, 2004 - After stumbling upon a book called Apollo: A Retrospective, I found the text from a speech Wernher von
Braun gave on June 7, 1962. In it, he became the last "major holdout" in the lunar mission mode decision to fall
in line behind the new favorite: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. The criteria he set out as the reasons for his decision were fascinating
to me, so I summarized it for The Space Review.
Here, I mused about the recent prize craze in the space industry. After attending the Centennial Challenges conference hosted
by NASA, I tried to think of some problems that the prize approach could run into.
Beware Prize Fatigue
Here is an early article I did for The Space Review. Published right after President Bush announced the new vision for space
exploration, I wanted to get some of my ideas (later covered in more detail in the book) out quickly.
Let's Add a Wrinkle...
Here's an article from the premier issue of the Space Operations Communicator. It deals with orbiting supply depots
and how their use could provide a backbone for space exploration in the future. I've rethought some of the technical details
in this one, but still believe the concept to be sound. (Later: this article actually came out first, as it's referenced
in The Space Review article above)
Orbiting Supply Depots