November 16, 2014 - A few years ago Paul Allen, of Microsoft and X-Prize fame, proposed buying two Boeing 747s, removing an outside wing on one and an inside wing on the other and joining them together using a central spar which would be strong enough to hold a suspended chemical rocket beneath. This would replace having to launch payloads into low-Earth orbit from Earth's surface.
November 14, 2014 - Who regulates humans going into space? For government programs such as those run by NASA, Russia's Roscosmos, and China's CNSA, there are rules and a protocol that space travelers must go through to be eligible to get to low-Earth orbit? But a commercial carrier is subject to what rules when it comes to passengers?
November 12, 2014 - It is amazing what can be accomplished with robotic spacecraft.
October 31, 2014 - In one week we have seen two commercial space companies experience disasters. With Orbital Sciences it involved the loss of a rocket and resupply capsule destined for the International Space Station.
October 30, 2014 - Tuesday's failure of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket with the Cygnus resupply module and a Planetary Resources satellite aboard paints a sharp contrast with the achievements at SpaceX, Elon Musk's private rocket company.
October 23, 2014 - Back in the 17th century our Sun went through a period in which there was an absence of sunspot activity. Known as the Maunder Minimum it lasted for 70 years.
October 2, 2014 - The scene of the rotating space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey reminds me of just how much further we need to go in 2014 to achieve that science fiction dream. What's holding us back from building a spinning station that creates artificial gravity, like the one envisioned by
The date today reinforces that we are well into autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere of our planet and it shouldn't be a surprise then that the words "glacier" and "ice" are starting to appear in some headlines. The latest, however, are not of this world but our neighbor Mars.
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