MPR: space for the masses

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 Pomerantz talked up the Virgin spaceflight experience, I...
Pop Mech: DRC Finals

Pop Mech: DRC Finals

DARPA program manager Gill Pratt announced details of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC, Finals today in a call with reporters. Eleven teams that competed in last December’s DRC Trials in Florida are getting $1.5 million in DARPA funding to continue to...
Pop Mech: Solar Roads

Pop Mech: Solar Roads

The top-grossing and most popular campaign in the history of the Indiegogo crowd funding website has more than doubled its $1 million goal—and there’s still a week to go before it closes. Solar Roadways is the focus of my Popular Mechanics story on road...
Pop Mech: SpaceX unveils V2

Pop Mech: SpaceX unveils V2

Popular Mechanics has just posted my story on last night’s unveiling of the SpaceX Dragon Version 2. Seating for 7 in apparent luxury. Rocket powered landings anywhere on Earth. Gas-and-go reusability. This is a spaceship for the 21st century, said SpaceX CEO...
The Guardian: When Robots Take Our Jobs

The Guardian: When Robots Take Our Jobs

My first outing with The Guardian newspaper, “When Robots Take Our Jobs,” seems to have struck a nerve. Last I looked, it had attracted 340 comments. From the article: “Will you be replaced by a machine? There’s nearly a 50-50 chance, according...