Monthly Archives: June 2008

Orbital Access Methodologies Part V: Boostback TSTO

While I have the topic fresh in my mind, I decided to jump into the next part of my continuing series. Though it wasn’t a conscious choice on my part, I notice that the order I went with for this … Continue reading

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Sad Day

I’m sure by now, most of you have heard about Len Cormier’s passing. He’s my second friend I’ve lost to cancer within the past two or three months. Len was a great guy–the first person who ever offered me a … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part IV: Glideback TSTO

Some of the comments to my last post got me thinking about what I’m trying to accomplish with this series. The reality is that each of these approaches that I’m discussing could easily fill a full chapter in a textbook, … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part III: Pop-up TSTO

This third installation in my Orbital Access Methodologies series (parts I can be found here, and part II here) has been a long time in the coming. It has taken so long, not because I’ve been spending months researching and … Continue reading

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Further to Jon’s post on space settlement/colonization

by guest blogger Ken Is the fact that unless we get more women interested in and supportive of moving this species out into space, then it’s going to take a lot longer and be far more difficult than it otherwise … Continue reading

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Westward Ho?

Other than a busy schedule at work over the past several weeks, and ongoing blogger’s cramp, one of the other big reasons why I haven’t been blogging very much lately is that Tiff and I started reading together again. This … Continue reading

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200k and Other Milestones

I just noticed that sometime yesterday my sitemeter ticked over the 200,000 visits mark. Now, admittedly I didn’t install the sitemeter until after the site had been up for a month or so, so I actually passed that milestone a … Continue reading

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Jonny Bloggin: The Continuing Saga Continues–Spaceman Spiff Edition

Spaceman Spiff inspects his rocketship: Spaceman Spiff prepares to enter the cockpit: Spaceman Spiff asks “So when do we put engines on this bad boy?”

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The List

For several years, I’ve had a sort of fanciful list going. The theory being that when some group I’m part of succeeds in fielding the first commercial orbital RLV, or the first commercial manned lunar lander, there’s a list of … Continue reading

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