I love articles like this. Gizmodo is a tech site, and this wooden structure was likely among the earliest forms of construction technology ever created on Earth. While it’s true that “modern humans” didn’t appear until later, if we learned anything from the study of Neanderthals, it’s that other species of hominids… Read more
Rocketlab is the most likely successor there. Blue Origin can keep going as long as Bezos funds them, but it’s been a long hard road for them to deliver on hardware - Bezos has been giving them serious funding for eight years (IE billion dollars a year or such), and what they’ve got to show for it is a rocket engine… Read more
“Though the Moon boasts resources that can enable extended habitation, and asteroids teem with metals that are highly valued here on Earth, a space mining industry cannot thrive without a market for these commodities.”
This also illustrates why feasible Moon/asteroid mining is going to require a wholesale change in… Read more
It’s frustrating that more people don’t read the papers which are the basis for pop-sci articles before “akshuly-ing” the author. I understand the tendency, because there is a LOT of cruft, but this is not an example. I mean look, the comment received over 30 likes, presumably by other people who didn’t bother to… Read more
Someone didn’t pick up after their dog?
Hot-staging is an interesting late change to make. It addresses some potential problems, while also introducing new potential failure modes, so I don’t see it really as a risk-reduction move. especially this late in the game. It feels more like addressing a perceived performance concern.
The fact that they’re rolling out some substantial changes to Starship before the next launch makes me think we’ll probably get a schedule slip on it into early 2024 (I figured they might be able to get another launch before the end of 2023 if everything went well at the pad, but that wasn’t factoring in changes to… Read more