Monthly Archives: November 2006

Fun and Speculation With Lunar Magnetism

Our curmudgeonly friend over at Curmudgeon’s Corner posted a link to an interesting article from Space.Com a few days ago. The article was talking about the small localized magnetic fields that exist on the moon. I had known for a … Continue reading

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Endurance

[Note: Before I delve into this topic, I feel I ought to mention that while I’m going to discuss project management/engineering issues, that I’m also going to be discussing other relgious/personal examples as well. Please bear with me.] The debate … Continue reading

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Ian Kluft X-Prize Cup Pictures

Ian Kluft just put up his photo report of the X-Prize Cup. He got some good pictures of the Armadillo crew, several of the ameteur rocket launches, as well as some pictures of our demo-firings with shock diamonds. Ian has … Continue reading

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Some More Jonny Bloggin

Somebody decided to give Daddy a hint that he needed to download some pictures off the digital camera, and do some more Jonny Bloggin: So here’s a few of the latest. This one wasn’t staged. Unlike my parents, I don’t … Continue reading

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Maintenance of Lunar RLVs

Just wanted to post a few random, half-baked thoughts before I forget them about lunar RLVs. Back in the day, I had this thought-excercise going called the Prometheus Downport Project, which I recently dug up via the Wayback Machine on … Continue reading

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More Problems With The Shaft

Keith Cowing mentions in a recent post that: Sources inside the development of the Ares 1 launch vehicle (aka Crew Launch Vehicle or “The Stick”) have reported that the current design is underpowered to the tune of a metric ton … Continue reading

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Lunar Crew Sizing: The More The Merrier?

As I mentioned in my previous post, after actually reading the TeamVision paper as opposed to merely skimming someone else’s brief summary of their conclusion, I was a lot more impressed than I thought I would be. In spite of … Continue reading

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Light Blogging

I spent the evening tonight reading over most of the TeamVision lunar exploration architecture paper. It was an interesting read, and I’ll try to comment on some of the ideas it gave me over the next couple of days. There’s … Continue reading

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DIRECT and Other ESAS Alternatives

I’ve been following the discussions over on nasaspaceflight.com over the past few days regarding DIRECT and some other ESAS alternatives. One of these days I’d love to get access to their “Level 2” subscription service, but what with my $2k … Continue reading

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Penny Wise…

Back in August I managed to chip a tooth. I’ve always been the sort of person to try avoiding debt whenever I can. I typically keep my credit card balance at zero and try to pay down any loans I … Continue reading

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