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Thoughts on the RD-180, Senator McCain and Unicorns

The hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 27, 2016 did not disappoint. Senator McCain came out strong against Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall with what can be characterized as a verbal flogging. 724 more words

Reusable Rockets Are Closer To Becoming A Thing

SpaceX recently attempted another sea landing of its Falcon 9 rocket, and unfortunately one of the landing legs failed to lock, causing the rocket to… 225 more words


Now That Two Companies Can Land Rockets Post-Launch...

This past Monday SpaceX, no doubt pushed by the recent success of Blue Origin, successfully landed the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket that had just helped lift its second stage (and 11 satellites) into orbit.  227 more words


What is Elon Musk's secret agenda? SpaceX, Tesla, Solar City, Hyperloop

SpaceX / Tesla / Solar City.  Why these 3 companies?  Why all of them?  Why not others or why are all 3 so important to Elon Musk? 3,059 more words

Space Policy

Blue Origin Launch A Reminder SpaceX Isn't Alone

December 27 – ETA how I can’t get the name of Jeff Bezos’ space company right.  While you could argue that’s due to SpaceX taking most of the ink in the private spaceflight press, that’s far from a good excuse.  253 more words


Finding Earth 2.0

In honor of Carl Sagan’s birthday, I figured I’d write a few thoughts I had about a fascinatingly unique conference I attended in the Bay Area last week. 922 more words

Science Communication

Reusable Launch Systems Aren't The Only Way To Lower Cost To Orbit

The Super Strypi launch system may soon have a test launch in Hawaii (H/T Nature News)  It’s part of a Department of Defense program aimed at lowering the cost to orbit for small satellites.  156 more words