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Posts from the ‘Space’ category

Tens of Billions of Dollars for Asteroid Roping?

If you want a good example of what’s wrong with the US space program, take a good look at the Space Launch System rocket NASA is developing. In 2011, NASA estimated the cost of developing this human-rated, heavy-lift vehicle, along with the Orion crew capsule and launch facility upgrades, at $18 billion through 2017. The latest estimate by…

NASA’s Commercial Crew Vehicles: Practical But Not Sexy

The two Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts awarded to Boeing and SpaceX by NASA on September 16 should come as no big surprise to anyone familiar with both the agency’s conservative culture and its relatively small annual budget of just under $18 billion. Boeing received $4.2 billion to continue with development…

Stephen Hawking’s Lame Argument for Space Exploration

I’ll preface this piece by saying that I am all for space exploration. Space is my industry, my bread and butter. I want to see the market grow and flourish. I want space companies to be productive, hire lots of workers and make gobs of money. I want them to be creative and innovative and come up with wonderful technologies that will allow humankind to return…

The Brave New World of American Commercial Space

NASA administrator Charles Bolden confirmed last week that his agency will not be sending a manned mission to the moon. The idea of U.S. astronauts revisiting the moon has been floating around since President George W. Bush announced his Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) in January 2004, calling for the development of the Ares V…