Author Archives: Jonathan Goff

Random Thought: Venus Really-Balloon Rockets

I haven’t run the numbers on this yet, but I was thinking about how to do reusable transportation on Venus recently. My previous Venusian Rocket Floaties blog post showed that existing upper stages, sealed off, could float at altitudes high … Continue reading

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Integral Payload Fairing Habitats

In the spirit of my previous post promoting healthy, competitive industries, I wanted to toss out an idea I’ve had for several years about an alternative to inflatable structures for providing large volume pressurized space facilities. The idea is a … Continue reading

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Healthy Industries vs. Monocultures

One of the things I’ve believed for a long time is that for the NewSpace industry to be successful and healthy, that we need to see multiple providers and customers for the various goods and services in the industry. One … Continue reading

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CCtCap and Blue Origin/ULA Article on SST

I just did a guest post on the Sic Semper Tyrannis blog on the CCtCap and Blue Origin/ULA announcements. They’re aimed at people less familiar with space news than most Selenian Boondocks readers, but I figured I’d link to it … Continue reading

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Andrew Peregrin Goff

There are probably less than 5 people in the world who a) care about my family life, b) don’t follow me on twitter, c) don’t follow Tiffany on Facebook, d) didn’t get an email about this already, but e) do … Continue reading

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Certification and Rules-based Technology Regulations: Part of Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Brian Wang over on Next Big Future brought up a point I’ve been thinking about for a while. In an article about why Canada is likely to beat the US to having molten salt nuclear reactors (in spite of the … Continue reading

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Introducing Taong Boondocks

FYI, I just created another blog, called Taong Boondocks, which will focus on all the non-space related topics I care about. Fair warning, I’ll be blogging about my family, hobbies, religious, political, and economic musings, etc. So if your only … Continue reading

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Insert Lame Excuse Here

Hey guys, I apologize for not getting the follow-on posts for the “Slings and Arrows” and “Venus ISRU” series put up before I got overwhelmed with SBIR silly season (and several other work projects). I’m really going to try to … Continue reading

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The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Lunar Transportation Schemes: Part 1–Gear Ratios

[Note: I haven’t quite finished with my Venus ISRU series, but some of the articles I’ve read over the past few days drew me back to this series on propellantless lunar launch approaches that I started writing four years ago … Continue reading

Posted in ISRU, Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development, Space Settlement, Space Transportation | 66 Comments

New Link and Blog Layout Update

Earlier today, Trent Waddington tweeted about a blog post about lunar robotics on Hop David’s blog. I’ve interacted with him on NASASpaceflight.com over the years, so decided to check it out. I don’t agree with everything, but it’s well worth … Continue reading

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