Category Archives: ESAS

CxP LOC/LOM Numbers

I wasn’t planning on doing any more blogging today, but I had a serious “what the hud!” moment earlier today, and thought it worth bringing attention to it. This is a presentation that was given by NASA back on July … Continue reading

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Whittington Again Demonstrates His Reading Compreshension Skilz

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged last, but here’s a gem from our favorite friend from Planet Strawman. This morning he asked whether Obama’s statement that he wants to revitalize NASA represents a flip-flop from his previous … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Ideas From the Other Side of the Pond

I don’t have time to go into detail at the moment, but I wanted to relay an interesting paper that Keith Cowing reported on NASAWatch today. Now, if I were someone at the ESA, I’d probably be taking NASA’s grand … Continue reading

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Marburger’s Speech

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few days about OSTP Director John Marburger’s speech at the recent Goddard Memorial Symposium, but there were a couple of good points that I felt deserved repetition, and I also had … Continue reading

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It’s Not Important Whether You Win or Lose…

…it’s how you place the blame. Or at least that’s how a friend of mine at NASA once put it. Apparently, in the wake of yet more news leaks about severe technical issues on Ares I, Mike Griffin decides to … Continue reading

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Discussion of Dr. Griffin’s STA Comments on ESAS

I’ve had several people in several places ask me if I was going to do a point-by-point rebuttal of Mike Griffin’s comments to the STA this week (for reference the text of his comments is available here). While I don’t … Continue reading

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Premature Overoptimization

One of the common mistakes I’ve noticed in the engineering is to overoptimize a subcomponent of a system at the expense of the system as a whole. I saw this a lot back in my manufacturing engineering days. You’d get … Continue reading

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