Sonoran Desert Spaceport

After decades of failed promises and false starts, we finally have a thriving space launch industry emerging from new and traditional players in the United States and abroad. Multiple satellite operators—including Google, SpaceX, Amazon, Iridium, and more—have the financial wherewithal to develop constellations of hundreds or thousands of small … [Read more...]

Tucson and the U.S. Space Force

This is Part IV of "Tucson after the Coronavirus"… but it's not really triggered by COVID-19. The idea of bringing substantial Space Force operations to Tucson has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a couple of years now. This series of posts is engaging in a little soul-searching about how Tucson will recover from the pandemic, and we've already looked … [Read more...]

Back to the Moon

DragonCon is enormous. If you haven't been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the "Reality Tracks." These tracks are for a different kind of fan… those who want to build science fiction, not just read about it. … [Read more...]

My Talks at DragonCon 2016

My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at DragonCon this year?" … [Read more...]

Michael Griffin on Commercial Space

If you've been hanging around the space business for a while, you've heard of Michael Griffin. You may love him, you may hate him, but you're probably not neutral about him. … [Read more...]

Spaceport Camden Legislation

Last Monday, I attended a hearing at the Capitol on House Bill 734, the Georgia Space Flight Act. This legislation is being led by representatives from southeastern Georgia, the proposed site of Spaceport Camden. (You can read more about the spaceport at http://spaceportcamden.us/.) … [Read more...]

The Martian

Why am I using my monthly newsletter column to talk about a Matt Damon movie? Because it's relevant to Georgia Tech. Last week, I was fortunate to score a handful of passes to an advance screening of "The Martian." Unless you've been living under a rock, you know this is Ridley Scott's new big-budget movie starring Matt Damon as a NASA … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Go to Mars

DragonCon is enormous. If you haven't been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the "Reality Tracks." These tracks are for a different kind of fan… those who want to build science fiction, not just read about it. … [Read more...]

My Talks at DragonCon 2015

My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at Dragon Con this year?" … [Read more...]

Desdemona

I'm frequently reminded that I lead an interesting life. I got a particularly strong reminder last month, when I got to experience one of the world's most advanced motion simulators -- Desdemona. Desdemona is a unique asset operated by TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research in Soesterberg, southeast of Amsterdam. In a somewhat … [Read more...]