Deep Space Smackdown — Dragon 2 vs. Orion

There’s a race between the future and the past boiling between a space upstart and an aerospace giant—Elon Musk’s 13-year-old SpaceX and Lockheed Martin, a company whose roots go back 103 years.  At the heart of the matter is a potential competition for a future in deep space between two spacecraft, SpaceX’s Dragon 2 versus Lockheed Martin’s Orion. The Dragon 2 has been contracted by NASA for short runs only—to take astronauts to the.. Read More

Need For a New Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Strategy

by Gerald Black Gerald Black is a retired aerospace engineer with more than 40 years experience in the industry. After graduating from college, he first worked for Bell Aerosystems Co. in the Buffalo, New York area from 1967 to 1968 as a Rocket Test Engineer. One of the engines he helped test was the engine for the ascent stage of the Apollo Lunar module. Later he worked for more than 39 years for GE Aviation in.. Read More

Congress Poisons Space Program with Pork

In the latest NASA authorization bill, a cabal of pork-seeking congressmen complain that too much money is going into the program that will end America’s manned space gap—NASA’s Commercial Crew program. America has not been able to get its citizens into space on American vehicles for four years. Instead, America pays the Russians to take its astronauts to the International Space Station on Soyuz rockets at a cost of over $70 million per.. Read More

New Book by Sean Moss Outlines a Permanent Mars Settlement

Sean Moss has written a book entitled, The International Mars Research Station: An Exciting New Plan to Create a Permanent Human Presence on Mars. It is available as a Kindle download for $4.99 Get it here. Sean describes the book: For years we’ve dreamed of sending people to Mars. With the emergence of disruptive new technologies from space companies and university researchers, it’s now possible to design mission architectures that can send people to Mars.. Read More

Technically-achievable, Near-term Space Logistics

  This is a post by Mike Snead, President of the Spacefaring Institute and Associate Fellow of the AIAA. If this comes as a surprise, so be it. The United States has a remarkably robust aerospace industrial base that has been capable, since the 1990s, of building an integrated, airline-like spacefaring logistics infrastructure throughout the Earth-Moon system. This infrastructure would be suitable for passenger—yes, passenger in every legal/ethical sense of the word—travel as.. Read More