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Aerospike Engines – Why Aren’t We Using them Now?

X-33 with Aerospike engine

Over 50 years ago an engine was designed that overcame the inherent design inefficiencies of bell-shaped rocket nozzles, but despite much research in the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s and was to power the replacement for the Space Shuttle. But 50 years on and it still yet to be flight tested. So why aren’t we using Aerospike rocket engines?

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Space Policy Directive-2, Streamlining Regulations on Commercial Use of Space [Full Text]

Donald Trump signs tax reform into law 12-22-17

MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE SECRETARY OF LABOR THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND ...

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President Obama's Treacherous Deals with the Russians

President Obama gave a hot mic supplication to departing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that Putin should give him more “space” and “flexibility” on such national security issues as Anti-Ballistic Missile defense. According to Obama, this will be his “last election,” after all. Of course, any mention of this eye-popping exchange outside the credentialed press will be spun by Pravda West ...

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Time-lapse: 5 years on Mars becomes 3 minutes of video

This three minute video takes us through a journey that consisted of 5 years, 3 months and 27 days on the planet of Mars. The video was taken from the Mars rover Spirit, which explored and videoed all aspects of the Red Planet. We see 4.8 miles of rocks, hills and soil, which became an adversary of Spirit’s when the ...

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Space, The Final Frontier

I am old enough to remember the USSR putting the first capsule into orbit and the underlying panic that ensued in America because no one wanted our enemy to have an advantage over us militarily. Space became the High Ground and it had to be obtained and held to have the upper hand over our then declared adversary. All through ...

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