December 5, 2013 - You have to admire Jeff Bezos for what my culture calls chutzpa. He has been in the headlines twice in the last week. First with a proposal to start shipping goods from Amazon to customers using drones. And second, successfully firing his new Blue Origin rocket engine at the Van Horn, Texas test facility. The latter simulated a suborbital mission.
December 4, 2013 - SpaceX, the private company founded by Elon Musk, has achieved a number of milestones in the last few weeks. These include:
- completion of the first series of Grasshopper test flights in which this vertical takeoff and landing launcher went through its paces achieving an altitude of 744 meters (2,440 feet) before returning to its launch pad.
November 3, 2013 - Brigham Young University (BYU) and NASA have combined with an origami expert to come up with a new way of folding larger solar arrays into rocket payloads to deliver more power to the International Space Station (ISS) and other sp
November 26, 2013 - A flight attendant from Hawaii is using Bitcoin to buy a ticket on SpaceShipTwo for a future suborbital flight. Richard Branson sees the digital currency as futuristic, much like his company Virgin Galactic.
November 22, 2013 - When I started writing the date just a second ago I put the year as 1963. Just shows you how certain moments in time get embedded in memory so deeply that you automatically type something without thinking. Of course November 22, 1963 refers to the day John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, a day I will always remember.
November 21, 2013 - It was 15 years ago yesterday that the first module of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched into low-Earth orbit. So a belated happy birthday.
November 20, 2013 - Back in September I wrote a blog posting called "Why Dark Matter Matters." In it I described the importance of dark matter in our understanding of galaxy formation and stated that it was the invisible glue holding the Universe together.
November 18, 2013 - In 1967 the United States, United Kingdom and Soviet Union created a charter to define the laws governing sovereignty in outer space.
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