New Zealand’s Rocket Lab to Launch Its First 3D-Printed “It’s a Test” Rocket This Week

May 22, 2017 – Peter Beck’s Rocket Lab with an injection of U.S. venture capital is finally ready to roll out its Electron rocket, a 10.5 ton, 18-meter (60 feet) two-stage ... Continue Reading →

The Key to Space Colonization Lies in Altering our DNA or Merging our Sentience with Machine Technology

May 20, 2017 – Back in April of 2014 I posted musings about altering humans to make us compatible with the harsh reality of Mars and other places we attempt to colonize beyond ... Continue Reading →

A Super Earth with an Atmosphere Detected 39 Light Years Away Making Stephen Hawking Happy

May 5, 2017 – In the last week Stephen Hawking, the noted astrophysicist, has spoken to the world and told us that we have a century to find another Earth or face extinction. ... Continue Reading →

Cassini Robot Spacecraft Has Changed Our Understanding of the Solar System “Irrevocably”

April 28, 2017 – As NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported the first of 22 orbits that will take the Saturn-orbiting Cassini through that planet’s ring system, ... Continue Reading →

NASA Holds an Information Session to Talk About What’s Been Found on Ocean Worlds

April 14, 2017 – Who would have thought that the places to look for life other than here on Earth would be moons and dwarf planets located in the outer Solar System. NASA has ... Continue Reading →

Flight Proven Rockets Revolutionizing Space Flight

April 5, 2017 – On the agenda for SpaceX this year, reflying at least 6 Falcon 9 first stages on commercial missions, and 12 in 2018. But recovering and reusing first stages of ... Continue Reading →

The Charlemagne Event of 774-775 AD Was Caused by a Solar Storm

April 5, 2017 – In the years 774 to 775 Charlemagne, the Frankish king, defeated the Lombards in Italy on the way to establishing a new so-called Roman Empire in Western Europe. ... Continue Reading →

The Challenge of the 21st Century – Reflections on 2,000 Postings to this Blog Site

March 28, 2017 – It has been seven years of writing, this journey of mine. Today marks the 2,000th entry to the site which I began back in October of 2009. I’ve enjoyed ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Scalable Ion Engine That Could Transform Space Travel

March 26, 2017 – Accion Systems, a Boston, Massachusetts-based technology company, has developed a space propulsion system that uses electric fields and ions to move spacecraft. ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Applying Origami to Robotics Has Significant Advantages

March 25, 2017 – Transformers are toys that change from cars into bipedal machines. They make for great movies and toys. But there is another side to the idea behind them. What ... Continue Reading →