Jan 15 2018

The Past And Future Of Xadara

As I’m sure a regular reader will be able to tell, the past year has been quite an interesting one for Xadara. Not only did it mark the first full year of nearly daily writing, which I’m almost certain resulted in nearly 400 articles (in and of itself quite the achievement, I think) but it …

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Jan 14 2018

Space Industry Fanboys, Credibility Claims, And Cherry Picking – Dissecting A Twitter Discussion

Yesterday proved to be a bit interesting for me on Twitter. I was giving my own comments on the Delta IV launch yesterday, one of which was my typical congratulations tweet to United Launch Alliance, the operators of Delta IV, and the CEO of the company,  Tory Bruno. At the end, though, I left a …

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Jan 12 2018

NROL-47 Successfully Launches On A Delta IV Rocket

After several delays, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the NROL-47 satellite into a polar orbit. Just what is NROL-47? No one outside of the National Reconnaissance Office really knows for sure. Of course, we know it was inserted into a polar orbit of some type, given …

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Jan 12 2018

A Follow Up On SpaceX And Zuma

Okay, a few days ago I wrote one of my usual articles regarding more interesting things with space new, this time covering the apparent loss of the mysterious Zuma satellite. I wrote about it based on what was “known” at that time, as well as what was speculated, but from a somewhat reserved standpoint – …

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Jan 12 2018

United Launch Alliance 2017 Launch Highlights

Here’s one I should have gotten to back in December but couldn’t get to for, well, reasons. This is a launch highlights compilation for year 2017 produced by United Launch Alliance, showing of the past years launches of 1 Delta IV booster, 6  Atlas V boosters, and the second to last Delta II launch ever. …

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Jan 11 2018

Nintendo – “Let’s Port Everything To The Switch”

I’m not going to do a full commentary on the Nintendo Direct today:I didn’t watch it and since I don’t have a Nintendo Switch, not much said there has any real direct impact on me. I do however pay attention to what is announced, in general anyway and I, like everyone else, noticed one very …

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Jan 10 2018

Bits And Bytes – Program 9: Computer Graphics

Ah, now we’re getting into one of the more interesting nuances of the 80’s computer scene – graphics! While today our systems simply use software to create everything we see on screen, with hardware doing the raw math to make it all happen, back in those days, you didn’t have processing power, memory, or, well, …

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Jan 09 2018

Reports Say The Mysterious “Zuma” Payload May Be Lost!

In a bit of news that I just have to write about, it appears, according to several news reports over the last 24 hours that the “Zuma” payload launched by SpaceX this past Sunday has been lost ! Of course, reports are conflicting – some sites are saying the launch was fine on SpaceX’s part, …

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Jan 07 2018

John Young

Yesterday was, needles to say, a rather rough day for me. I woke up quite late, as usual, to the news that Astronaut John Young had died the previous day, January 5th. John Young was an absolute legend among astronauts, up there as high as Alan Shepard, John Glenn or Neil Armstrong. John Young flew …

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Jan 06 2018

Blogging Stress – An Update

If you look back over the site for the past month or so, you will notice that at the very tail end of December, things just stopped. Completely. I made a few posts stating pretty clearly what I was feeling at the time, and still am honestly, but what I didn’t go into was detail …

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