Category Archives: Lunar Commerce

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

Random Thoughts: Columbus Article Link and Lunar Patents?

I don’t think this counts as my monthly blog post, mostly because I’m linking to and commenting on someone else’s blog post, but here goes. Michael Mealling (a fellow Masten Alumni gone entrepreneur) set out this year to do a … Continue reading

Posted in ISRU, Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development, Propellant Depots, Space Development, Space Policy, Space Settlement | 8 Comments

Meteor Crater, Dinosaurs, and Spacefaring

On the way home from the Space Access 2012 conference yesterday, we drove by Meteor Crater, Arizona. I’m not much of a photographer, but I take pictures anyway. Here’s a few of my favorites: While I was standing there looking … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial Space, Fun, Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development, Space Development, Space Policy, Space Transportation | 17 Comments

Thoughts on Jeff’s Talk Part 1: Subeconomic Resources

I finally got around to watching Jeff Greason’s ISDC talk last night (youtube link here), and it has got me thinking. In an effort to actually get some blog posts going again, I’m going to break this up into chunks … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Commercial Space, Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development, NASA, NEOs, Space Development, Space Exploration, Space Law, Space Policy | 30 Comments

Masten and XCOR NASA Lander Strategic Relationship

I had to keep this under wraps until this morning, but it’s now formal: May 25th, 2010, Mojave, CA, USA: XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, two of the leaders in the New Space sector, have announced a strategic business … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial Space, Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development, MSS, NASA, Space Transportation | 9 Comments

Lunar Land Grants Discussion

Over on the Space Business Blog, my good friend Colin Doughan has had a few posts discussing the concept of lunar land grants. While I haven’t had the time to read all of the comments, I do have to admit … Continue reading

Posted in Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development | 23 Comments

Space Access 2010 Propellant Depot Presentations

It’s been a rather interesting month so far, and I’ve been under a bit too much stress lately to blog much, but I wanted to put up some of the presentations from the Propellant Depot panel I was on at … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial Space, Launch Vehicles, Lunar Commerce, Propellant Depots, RLV Markets | 39 Comments

MHD Aerobraking and Thermal Protection Part III: Aerobraking and Aerocapture

While using electromagnetic effects for atmospheric reentry and thermal protection is interesting, it’s only one of several promising options that have been proposed over the years.  There is another application though, where exploiting magnet-hydrodynamic effects could be a much bigger … Continue reading

Posted in Lunar Commerce, MHD Aerobraking and TPS, Space Transportation, Technology | 16 Comments

More Lunar One-Way-To-Stay (For-a-While) Thoughts

I’ve had a few more ideas on the Lunar One-Way-To-Stay concept that I figured it would be worth posting now before I forget them.  I still think this is pretty much the only way that there will be a human … Continue reading

Posted in Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development, NASA | 17 Comments

More Random “Lunar One-Way-to-Stay” Thoughts: A Business Case?

The more I think about the Lunar One-Way-to-Stay concept, the more intriguing it is. Fundamentally, it’s one of the only ways with existing transportation systems to get the cost of early lunar experimentation anywhere near low-enough to be useful and … Continue reading

Posted in Bigelow Aerospace, Commercial Space, International Space Collaboration, International Space Competition, Lunar Commerce, Lunar Exploration and Development, NASA, Space Development, Space Transportation | 26 Comments