59 – In memory of an outstanding Apollo 11 engineer – Hubert P. Davis

While American astronauts made history in turning President Kennedy’s manned lunar landing challenge into reality, behind the scenes were remarkable engineers that turned technologies into operating capability. Hubert P. (Hu) Davis was one of the leading engineers that made this possible. His contributions were especially important for the Apollo 11 Continue reading 59 – In memory of an outstanding Apollo 11 engineer – Hubert P. Davis

44 – Part 3 of criticism of the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal

Recap After a general discussion of the fallacy of trying to use the prize concept to advance commercial human spaceflight, I started a series of postings focused on the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal to implement such a prize concept. The full text of the CATS’ draft Continue reading 44 – Part 3 of criticism of the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal

43 – Continued discussion of CATS: Why is there inadequate attention to passenger safety?

The foundation of any civilization’s transportation infrastructure is the ability to transport passengers safely. Let’s take a look at what this means. (Please note that I am not an attorney so the following reflects my understanding of these issues.) Here is a radar map snapshot of the commercial airliners flying Continue reading 43 – Continued discussion of CATS: Why is there inadequate attention to passenger safety?

42 – Initial discussion and criticism of the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal

This is the first of several Spacefaring America blog entries discussing and providing criticism of the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal now being advocated by the Space Frontier Foundation and the National Space Society. The full text of the CATS’ draft description is available here and the draft Continue reading 42 – Initial discussion and criticism of the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal

41 – The fallacy of using prizes to try to advance commercial passenger spaceflight

With a new proposal being developed to advance commercial passenger and payload orbital spaceflight using a prize, it’s worthwhile to explore whether this approach makes sense. I don’t believe that it does. Do you remember the Ansari XPRIZE? The one Burt Rutan’s team won in 2004? Here is the description Continue reading 41 – The fallacy of using prizes to try to advance commercial passenger spaceflight