Category Archives: Space Shuttle Retirement

REMEMBERING AMERICA’S HEROES: ASTRONAUT DAVID “DOC” BROWN’S BRILLIANT LAST WORDS

This is a bitter-sweet post to say the least, but my favorite for some time. This week marked the ten-year anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia’s breakup upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. This was a very, very bad day for America’s … Read the rest of this entry

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER FOR LEASE: SO DEPRESSING…

Yeah it is going to be a bustling hive of private spaceflight activity, I won’t hold my breath…

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SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE DAMAGED IN NEW YORK

                I am so tired of saying I told you so, but this is what you get when you allow one of America’s top aerospace artifacts to be stored on top of a … Read the rest of this entry

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INCREDIBLE TIME-LAPSE OF SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR’S TRIP THROUGH THE STREETS OF LA

Mission 26 The Big Endeavour from Givot on Vimeo.

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MISGUIDED INVESTMENTS

                The Shuttle, as beloved and charismatic as it is, was the wrong vehicle at the wrong time. It kept America’s manned space exploration vision locked in low earth orbit and was so … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: JUNE 5th, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: UPDATE ON NAVAIR’S F-5N WING CRACKING ISSUE Original post: http://aviationintel.com/2012/06/03/exclusive-navairs-f-5n-fleet-grounded-due-to-extensive-wing-cracking/ Apparently the F-5N’s wing cracking issue which resulted in an immediate stand-down of what is the backbone of the USN and USMC aggressor force is caused by cracked LAU-7 … Read the rest of this entry

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THE ISS CATCHES A DRAGON BY THE TAIL!

Another Space-X first ladies and gentleman…

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CONGRATS SPACE-X & WHAT IS GOING ON UP AT THE SPACE STATION ANYWAY?

Space-X’s Falcon 9 successfully launched in spectacular fashion early this morning and a wholehearted congratulations is in order for Elon Musk and his dedicated team. At the same time as Space-X’s historic “commercial” launch we are reminded just why both … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: May 20th, 2012

HOUSE APPROVES SALE ON NEW F-16s TO TAIWAN I have talked about this issue at great length and I am very happy to see the House Of Representatives vote for the sale of 66 late block F-16s to Taiwan. It … Read the rest of this entry

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: BLUE ORIGIN’S VTOL ROCKET A COUSIN OF THE McDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-X “DELTA CLIPPER”

NASA’s Commercial Crew initiative is getting barraged with cutback requests on Capitol Hill, and now the House is preparing to vote on legislation that would require NASA to immediately downselect a single commercial spaceflight purveyor from the eclectic list of … Read the rest of this entry

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COMMERCIAL CREW: STRANGELY THE POLITICIANS GET IT, BUT NASA ADMINISTRATOR BOLDEN DOESN’T

During a hearing on Capitol Hill concerning NASA’s budget and general direction, or misdirection as it may be, both Senators Shelby (R-AL), and Hutchinson (R-TX) echoed almost the exact stance and need for clarity that I have been arguing for … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP: April 19th, 2012!

F-35 MAKES A VERY LOW LEVEL BOMB DROP !                 Well maybe it was just into a concrete pit while it was hung above but none-the-less it did release a weapon! Oh and … Read the rest of this entry

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DISCOVERY’S FINAL VOYAGE MARKS A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA

It has made world-wide news, and rightfully so, as NASA’s oldest Orbiter gets stuck into the petting zoo at the Smithsonian’s Udvar Hazy facility located at Dulles International Airport. I have gone into detail about my views, many of them … Read the rest of this entry

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COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT INITIATIVE BEHIND SCHEDULE, UNDERFUNDED, UNFOCUSED, WITH QUESTIONABLE OBJECTIVES

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1204/02commercialcrew/ NASA Administrator Charles Bolden got grilled up on Capitol Hill about concerns over the sputtering Commercial Spaceflight Initiative. Lots on interesting information in the piece linked above, but probably the most eye opening is that the first operational launch … Read the rest of this entry

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MUST SEE “60 MINUTES” INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER OF SPACE-X ELON MUSK

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