December 13, 2018

Review: Asia’s Space Race by James Clay Moltz.

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The political scene is changing, both in terms of space exploration and space exploitation, with new actors entering a modern and complex drama now unfolding in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and beyond. This week, we take a look at Asia’s Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks by author James Clay Moltz out from Columbia University Press.  Moltz is a consultant to the NASA Ames Research Center and has written on the politics of space and its implications previous. But the modern space race isn’t you fathers completion borne out of Cold War rivalry. [Read more...]

Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion.

Artist’s conception of an Orion vessel about to depart from Mars orbit. (Credit: NASA).

Ever wondered if man will ever head to the stars? Certainly, the magnitude of the issues that need solving for interstellar travel are many times more difficult than a simple spin around the block in our solar neighborhood… radiation exposure, sustainability of resources, and the effects of time dilation would all come into play. And yes, in these troubled times, we’re finding it exponentially difficult to even leave low Earth orbit… but did you know that the U.S. government once seriously researched the feasibility of interstellar transportation using current technology? Let me tell ya’ a story…. [Read more...]

06.02.11- A “Sail-Flare” Contest!

I have wanted to give a shout out to a cool contest that came to our attention a few weeks back, and this weekend seemed as good a time as any. Last month, NanoSail-D2, everyone’s favorite solar sail test-bed in low Earth orbit, stunned the satellite-spotting community with its amazing comeback.

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20.01.11: The Return of NanoSail-D2.

Never say die… a satellite that was written off as dead in space may be making a comeback. Yesterday, at 11:30AM EST, Marshall Space Flight engineers received confirmation that NanoSail-D2 did in fact eject from FASTSAT. NanoSail-D2 was one of the miniaturized payloads launched aboard FASTSAT from the Kodiak Island launch complex on November 20th, 2010, and was to deploy December 6th.

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AstroEvent(s): A Conjunction, a Perihelion, a Meteor Shower & an Eclipse…

2011 is here; let the astronomy events begin! And a what a busy first week of January it is; right out the gate, we have no less than four significant events to talk about;

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