76 – Space Review Article: Some commentary about the National Space Council’s inaugural meeting (Part 2)

President Trump’s reconstitution of the National Space Council has generated important public discussion of America’s future in outer space as a true commercial human spacefaring nation. On October 5, 2017, Vice President Pence chaired the first meeting of the council, where both the invited speakers as well as members of Continue reading 76 – Space Review Article: Some commentary about the National Space Council’s inaugural meeting (Part 2)

71 – Space Review article: An engineer’s view of what low-cost, reusable, commerical passenger space transportation means

On January 23, 2017, this article was published in The Space Review. A PDF of the article is here. The apparent intention of the Trump administration to reestablish the National Space Council has raised expectations that important improvements in national space policies and America’s space enterprise will be forthcoming. One Continue reading 71 – Space Review article: An engineer’s view of what low-cost, reusable, commerical passenger space transportation means

68 – Understanding Why Wind and Ground Solar Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

America faces two critical challenges this century. The first is responding to the uncertainty that the abnormally high and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level will have detrimental environmental consequences for human civilization. The second is replacing the diminishing U.S. technically recoverable fossil fuel endowment with new non-fossil fuel energy Continue reading 68 – Understanding Why Wind and Ground Solar Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

67 – Understanding Why Nuclear Power Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

  America faces two critical challenges this century. The first is responding to the uncertainty that the abnormally high and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level will have detrimental environmental consequences for human civilization. The second is replacing the diminishing U.S. technically recoverable fossil fuel endowment with new non-fossil fuel Continue reading 67 – Understanding Why Nuclear Power Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

55 – Becoming Spacefaring: America’s Path Forward in Space (Revised)

  In 2014, I wrote an update to the my 2008 paper, The End of Easy Energy and What to Do About It. The 2014 paper, The American Energy Security Crisis Solution—Space Solar Power, was published in the Spring, 2014, edition of the online Journal of Space Philosophy. In 2015, Continue reading 55 – Becoming Spacefaring: America’s Path Forward in Space (Revised)