If the space community seeks to turn the Matt Damon film into a commercial for sending people to Mars, we will fail miserably.
What is needed is a firm, long-term commitment to pursue the goal of humans exploring and eventually settling on Mars.
The rise of space-based threats from Russia and China is creating an urgent need for the U.S. to respond to its adversaries weaponizing space.
Finding the resources to reach the planets will require refocusing on domestic politics and shifting the American political environment.
Few events are as spectacular as a successful rocket launch, but a failed one comes close. On June 28, an unfortunate in-flight anomaly during the Falcon 9’s CRS-7 mission showered SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk with fireworks for his 44th birthday.
At the end of June, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, in the course of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, agreed to establish “regular bilateral government consultations on civil space cooperation.” Neither the purpose of these consultations nor the topics they will cover was immediately clear.
Satellite operators have long been aware of the challenge they face from terrestrial broadband providers for C-band spectrum at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-2015) this November in Geneva. The question is what they’re going to do about it.
NASA officials, to their credit, and despite catcalls from the outside, are not rushing into a plan — instead they are developing what they call an “evolvable Mars campaign.”
The aerospace industry is clamoring for educated U.S. professionals who have the skills to build and manufacture their state-of-the-art designs for everything from satellites and rockets to robots and renewable energy platforms. Colorado has the second-largest private industry aerospace economy in the nation and is home to 150 aerospace companies. The need for trained professionals will continue to grow.
When Sputnik was launched in 1957, the Space Age arrived very abruptly on America’s doorstep, and the space race began with a space chase in which the United States successfully pursued and eventually surpassed our Soviet rival. In the six decades since that grim October day, the United States has had to meet and overcome problems both technical and logistical, heartbreaking failures, countless crises and gut-wrenching tragedies, but our responses to these challenges have led us to becoming the world leader in space systems.
Regarding the recent article on guidelines for the disposal of cubesats [“1 in 5 Cubesats Violates International Orbit Disposal Guidelines”] almost no codes of conduct, guidelines, regulations or laws are stated in a manner that is measurable, verifiable, or enforceable. A guideline is a not a law or regulation. No operator can violate a guideline.
Ever since Explorer 1 lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 10:58 p.m. on Jan. 31, 1958, launching objects into space has been the almost sole purview of Florida and California. Georgia has not been a major player in the space industry. We’re an aerospace power with most giants of the industry located here, being a world leader in aerospace exports and having a leading aerospace workforce; however, those efforts have focused on the aero part of the aerospace industry, not space.
Within the past year, two multinational groups have been established to prepare for planetary defense — protecting Earth from any damaging asteroid impact.