SpaceX and the ULA: Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla?

SpaceX vs. the ULA–the ULA vs. SpaceX. Who is who? Image from wikia.net.

Maybe it’s more David and Goliath, but I prefer the imagery of two rocket manufacturers duking it out as Japanese Kaijin, “Pacific Rim”-style.  But who is who?

This latest Spacenews.com post hosts the written exchanges between SpaceX’s Elon Musk, and United Launch Alliance’s Michael Gass.  These questions and answers were…

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Why Space Matters: Satellites Can See Bad Actors

Bad Actor

Imaging and video satellites, like the SkyBox Imaging’s SkySat-1 satellite, bring a different, almost Santa-like, perspective to world events.  While they don’t necessarily see you when your sleeping, they can guess when you’re awake.  They know when you are rioting in the streets, and setting fire to property because your human rights are being violated.

Medium.com has a good articleabout the…

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Smallsats, Cubesats, and Chipsats: Klein, Aber Oho!

Small but mighty

Nope, you aren’t seeing things.  There’s some German in the title there.  The phrase essentially means small but mighty (like my wife).  And the phrase describes, in a nutshell, the explosive growth and growing capabilities of these miniature mighty man-made moons.  Nature.com has a fairly good write-up about the history and current state of Cubesats.

It’s exciting to think about the future of…

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Growing Opportunities for Job-hunters in the Space Business?

Working with space launch and satellites should be exciting, right?  Well in my latest Clearancejobs.com post there’s a short list (definitely click on Sofge’s list within the post to find more) of some companies who might want more “space operations” expertise.  

Growing Opportunities for Job-hunters in the Space Business?

Working with space launch and satellites should be exciting, right?  Well in my latest Clearancejobs.com post there’s a short list (definitely click on Sofge’s list within the post to find more) of some companies who might want more “space operations” expertise.  

On a Roll: One Small Step for Reusable Rockets

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is on a roll.  Not literally of course, that would be bad.  More importantly, SpaceX noted on their Twitter feed that roll rate of the Falcon 9 first stage booster was close to zero.  Why is that so important that SpaceX felt the need to highlight it?

“Last known state for rocket boost stage is 360 m/s, Mach 1.1, 8.5 km altitude and roll rate close to zero (very…

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Space Image Keeps Loch Ness Myth Alive

Image from Express.co.uk. Click on the image to go to the site.

In a weird, but probably inevitable and predictable use of satellite imagery, someone thinks a few satellite images “prove” the Loch Ness Monster is lurking below the lake’s waves.  The postto which the above image is linked, is at least trying to make that connection.  But, it might take a true imagery analyst to figure out what is…

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From German Tunnels to Space, Part 5–Liberation

In the previous post, slave prison laborers were working underground in a mountain, building rockets for the NAZIs.  The slaves were very literally worked to death, producing hundreds of V2 rockets a month.

Ruthless People, Brutal Numbers

Between April 1944 and March 1945, the slaves produced about 4,575 V2 rockets .  The conditions they worked in remained hellish.  They barely had any food and…

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Win A (Sky)box Full of Imagery

Box full of imagery

Do you have a need?  More specifically, do you have a need for European Space Imaging data using Skybox satellite imagery worth 20,000 Euros?  What about your mom?  Your dad?  Okay–how about your school?  Ah, there we go.

That’s right, Copernicus-Masters has issued a challenge, and the prize to that challenge is Skybox imagery.  What’s the challenge?  Well, use your imagination.  No, really,…

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NASA’s Hovering Mighty Eagle

The Eagle is flying (or at least hovering).  Image from NASA’s site. Click on it to go there.

I’ve been interested in SpaceX’s Grasshopper and the ability to launch, hover, and land it on the same launch pad.  You can go to one of my posts, here, to see that feat.  But I feel I should give NASA its due.  NASA is developing a robotic lander that for now they’ve named the “Mighty Eagle.”  The…

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Name a Cassini Mission

Image on the NASA.gov website. Click to embiggen and go to the site.

Are you clever?  Do you appreciate space missions?  Are you good with names?  If you said yes to all three questions, then you, my friend, should head over to the Cassini Solstice Missionpage.  Put your talents to work, and select, or submit, a name for the final phase of the Cassini Solstice mission.  For those interested in…

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