Saturday, June 21, 2014

10 years ago SpaceshipOne made first commerical space flight

Today is the 10th anniversary of SpaceshipOne's first flight into space. This was a first for a non-governmental spaceship  and later the same year, SpaceshipOne won the Ansari XPrize for make two spaceflights within two weeks. 2004 was also the year the Sir Richard Branson announced plans for Virgin Galactic to offer commercial sub-orbital flights.
Ten years later and that still hasn't happened yet but Branson claims that SpaceshipTwo will carry passengers by year's end. We'll see.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Back to the Know Future!






I considered just walking away from this blog and leaving it to the Russian spammers who still occasionally post to the comment section. I've been very busy lately with other things, including writing for Examiner.com and The Spaceflight Group .After a lot of thought, I've decided on an end date for this blog and have re-committed to updating it on a more regular basis, 2-4 times a month until that time.I still have a lot to say about the future and why it is/isn't what we were promised in Science Fiction and the pronouncements of futurists





I've just started reading a book about the 1964-65 New York World's Fair which is a subject I've been interested in. Also expect to see a review of the graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? The first unmanned test launch of NASA's Orion space capsule is scheduled for this year and next year might see the launch of non-government unmanned missions trying to win the Google Lunar X-Prize. So hopefully, this blog will continue well into next year. But, you may wonder, what is the specific end date? In the end, only one dated seemed really fitting...

                                       




Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Last launch of Space Shuttle Columbia took place 10 years ago today.

washington dc 172 by jim.sharkey
washington dc 172, a photo by jim.sharkey on Flickr.

Pictured above is the memorial to the crew of STS-107 in Arlington national Cemetery.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

HET: Humans and robots working together...In SPACE!

NASA Ames Research Center recently released this video about the HET (Human Exploration Telerobotics) program. The goal is to develop robots that can help astronauts with tasks that are repetitive or tedious. Robot discussed in the video include Robonaut2 and SHPERES, both of which are currently being tested on the International Space Station.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Group announces private asteroid-hunting space mission

Group announces private asteroid-hunting space mission
Click on the title to go my Examiner story about this morning's press conference.