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SpaceX Failure - Risk Is Still Its Business

Earlier today a SpaceX rocket test resulted in the explosion of the test vehicle, a three-engine version of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.  This particular rocket already had a successful test (the Falcon 9 is a reusable design).  82 more words


On Space Junk, AKA Really Near Earth Objects

Orbital debris continues to be a challenge.  While the chances of a scenario like the one that started the film Gravity are remote (putting aside the film’s challenges with orbital dynamics), they are not zero.  261 more words


NASA Reminds Us That All Mission Agencies Share An Economic Mission

News circulated last week (to the greater public) that NASA was going to be more particular about the level of foreign participation allowed on some of its missions.  255 more words

Science Policy: General

Extreme Space Weather Event #23072012

You may have seen some dramatic headlines in the news last week: “‘Extreme solar storm’ could have pulled the plug on Earth” (Guardian); “Solar ‘superstorm’ just missed Earth in 2012″ ( 702 more words

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Property RIghts in Space (Part II): Post-NewSpace Conference Thoughts - Posey ASTEROIDS Act, Bigelow Payload Safety Review, On-Orbit Jurisdiction, Etc.

To begin, the discussion today served as good evidence that property rights issues in space are indeed a mix of law, policy, politics, diplomacy, and technology. 1,316 more words

Property Rights in Space (Part I): When Talking Property Rights in Space, Limit References to the Moon Treaty Please

Looking forward to moderating a panel discussion at NewSpace 2014 tomorrow July 25th at 10:45AM  in San Jose, CA  on property rights in space and will be joined by Sagi Kfir (Corporate Counsel, Deep Space Industries), Jim Muncy (Co-Founder, Space Frontier Foundation), and Berin Szoka (President, Tech Freedom).  821 more words

Still Thinking About The Moon, Hoping Congress Won't Get In The Way

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.  If you need to filter it through social media, NASA has what you need.  203 more words

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