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 →

On-Demand Transit May Be Perfect Solution for Smaller Cities and Towns

May 17, 2017 – Innisfil, Ontario is a town spread out over a largely rural area north of Toronto where I live. Its population exceeds 36,000 living in a 263 square-kilometer ... Continue Reading →

On the Eve of the 80th Anniversary of the Hindenburg Fire We Look at the Current State of Hydrogen as an Alternative Fuel

May 5, 2017 – The most compelling event around hydrogen remains to this day the catastrophe of the Hindenburg, a German-built dirigible that went up in flame and smoke over Lakehurst, ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Zinc-based Battery May be the Breakthrough to Make Electric Vehicles Ubiquitous

April 30, 2017 – Range anxiety, recharge infrastructure. recharge time, and battery volume and weight are among the issues that continue to make electric vehicles (EVs) less attractive ... Continue Reading →

Air Turbulence and CO2 Level Increases in the Atmosphere

April 7, 2017 – An atmosphere with more carbon dioxide (CO2) means more churn which for airlines poses a problem, increasing air turbulence. So states a paper to be published ... 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 Math to Keep Global Mean Temperatures from Rising More Than 2 Degrees Celsius

April 3, 2017 – The world faces a daunting task over the next three decades taking us to 2050. By that date, if we are to stop the relentless climb in global temperatures caused ... 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 →

Latest Laptop Ban on Flights from Middle East and African Origins May Create Fire in the Hold Threat

March 22, 2017 – Sometimes I think that the new Trump administration is really a Marx Brothers’ comedy sketch. See the 1932 film, Duck Soup, if you want to get my drift. ... Continue Reading →

CO2 from Aircraft Only One Part of the Industry’s Greenhouse Gas Problem

March 18, 2017 – Last October I posted information here about an agreement by 191 country members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to adopt a carbon emission ... Continue Reading →