Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Race to Build a Smaller Rocket

The Race to Build a Smaller Rocket
Science Friday, 19 August 2016
http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-race-to-build-a-smaller-rocket/

There’s a new space race afoot. You may not have heard of it because the competition is so much smaller than the one that took place between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s. And this time around, NASA isn’t even a contestant. Today’s space race is playing out among private companies competing to build tiny rockets.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Small Innovative Launcher for Europe

Small Innovative Launcher for Europe
small-launcher.eu, 5 August 2016
http://www.small-launcher.eu/
http://www.nlr.org/news/start-of-design-for-concept-innovative-launcher-for-europe-smile/

The objectives of the SMILE project are to design a concept for an innovative, cost-effective European launcher for small satellites up to 50 kg and a Europe-based launch facility at And√łya, Norway. SMILE targets both the market for education and in-orbit demonstration, and commercial, scientific and governmental missions. It is Europe’s ambition to gain independent access to space for small satellites.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Video: James Logan, MD - Living on Mars

James Logan, MD - Living on Mars
YouTube, Jan 26, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPVORuanf18

Titled: Living on Mars: Medical Realities of the Red Planet (or any other virtually airless celestial body with no magnetosphere). This fascinating video highlights problems humans will face in living long term in space.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

In fact: After reuse trial, long flight ahead

In fact: After reuse trial, long flight ahead
Indian Express, 27 May 2016
http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/isro-reusable-launch-vehicle-rlv-rocket-launch-2820965/

The excitement over the success of the RLV is deserved, but ISRO has done this twice before. The cost benefits of a reusable launch vehicle remain uncertain, and the challenges before ISRO huge.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Vector Space Systems Interview

Vector Space Systems interview
Business Insider, 6 June 2016
http://www.businessinsider.com/new-company-wants-to-change-the-way-we-think-about-spaceflight-2016-6

We spoke to the CEO of a new company that wants to revolutionize the way we think about spaceflight

Jim Cantrell, CEO and co-founder of Vector Space Systems who was involved in the early days of SpaceX, wants to do for spaceflight what Apple CEO Steve Jobs did for so many other industries: Revolutionize it.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Towed Glider Air Launch System

Towed Glider Air Launch System
Nasa NTRS, 6 June 2016
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20160006964&qs=N%3D4294129243

A remotely-piloted glider, towed by a modified cargo/passenger jet, releasing a launch vehicle with payload at 48K’, M=0.75, up to a 700 flight path angle, safely & effectively...The studies showed the concept is do-able...next step is the Proof of Concept

Thursday, March 17, 2016

NASA's Raspberry Pi-based Pi-Sat Cubesat

NASA's Raspberry Pi-based Pi-Sat Cubesat
Spaceref, 14 March 2016
http://spaceref.com/nasa-hack-space/nasas-raspberry-pi-based-pi-sat-cubesat.html

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office (ITPO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites educators, students and the general public to celebrate Pi Day and discover Pi-Sat.