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RUD at SpaceX

In the trade they call it a rapid unplanned disassembly, or a RUD. That’s an explosion, to us lay people. It happened in the sky over the SpaceX proving ground in McGregor, Texas, when a flight...
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PopMech: DARPA Jargon

DARPA, the government agency that gave us the Internet and stealth aircraft, has come up with some pretty interesting program names over the years. The names are as unique as the program managers who run...
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MPR: space for the masses

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk about commercial spaceflight on Minnesota Public Radio. Joining me was Will Pomerantz, VP of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic. Our host was Kerri Miller. While...
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Talking rockets & robots in Kingston

For all you sci-fi-coming-true fans in my neck of the woods, I’ll be speaking in Kingston, NY this Wednesday about the latest stories I’m covering. The occasion is the weekly Rotary Club of...
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SpaceRace 2, a documentary with heart

It’s shaping up to be the most ambitious and farthest-ranging documentary on the emerging commercial spaceflight industry so far. SpaceRace 2 (working title) is a production of DLI Productions,...
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