President Trump’s recent directive to the Defense Department to create a new branch of the military, a United States Space Force, was not an idle musing. Trump’s proposal derives from a growing debate inside military and political circles about how to best meet the threat posed to American space assets by potential enemies: Russia and China, to be precise.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
And then there is the soon to be former Senator Bill Nelson's take"The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don’t want. Thankfully the president can’t do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake."
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
As part of the return to the moon program, NASA is planning to build a human-tended space station in lunar orbit dubbed the Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway (LOP-G.) The lunar space station would accommodate crews of four for 60 to 90 days. According to the space agency, the LOP-G crew “will also participate in a variety of deep-space exploration and commercial activities in the vicinity of the Moon, including possible missions to the lunar surface. NASA also wants to leverage the gateway for scientific investigations near and on the Moon.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I particularly like the famous from space picture of Korea with the north suddenly lighting up as it enters the modern age.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Sunday, June 10, 2018
From the Hill newspaper: SpaceX is not a threat to NASA
The piece is in response to an editorial that ran in the Houston Chronicle entitled Musk vs. Bean: Houston’s future as Space City at risk
"Hilarious. When Jim Bridenstine was nominated to be NASA Administrator he was derided (mostly by people on the left side of the political spectrum) for having no scientific background i.e. anti-science and of being a climate change denier. As Bridenstine talked to actual climate scientists at NASA he became convinced that the scientific basis of human contributions to climate change was real - and said so. Now the political right derides Bridenstine for having no scientific background because he listened to actual scientists."
However, as a study cited in Forbes suggest, the climate change debate is a bit more nuanced than the binary solution set that both the warmists and skeptics maintain. The alternatives are not "Climate change is real and we're all going to die unless we do something drastic" and "Climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the deep state to seize more power over our lives." A remarkable number of scientists believe that human caused climate change is both real and not a big problem for the planet. Bridenstine is decorously not revealing which part of the spectrum he is on. It is not necessary for him to do so.
Tesla Roadster may offer SpaceX package with actual rockets, This reminds me of the Mythbusters episode in which the guys attached rockets to a car to test an urban myth about a guy who did that and wound up crashing into the side of a mountain.
What could go wrong?