Nuclear Rockets in Space

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is working to develop a nuclear propulsion technology demonstrator. The Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program has set the goal of demonstrating a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system above low Earth orbit in 2025. Current propulsion in the space domain limits maneuverability of on orbit spacecraft.Continue reading “Nuclear Rockets in Space”

Seriously, Fund NASA.

Everyone’s favorite commercial space company has won the NASA contract for the next crewed lunar lander. That’s right, unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably already know that SpaceX and its Lunar Starship won the contract for the Artemis program’s Human Landing System. On one hand I am thrilled about this choice.  LoveContinue reading “Seriously, Fund NASA.”

To The Moon

To the moon is popular phrase that might get used to describe a stock that’s price is skyrocketing (pun intended). In the case of Rocket Lab, the phrase could be a bit more literal. I’m no financial expert but the opportunity to invest in pure space companies is very exciting to me, especially newer companiesContinue reading “To The Moon”

NASA Picks Falcon Heavy to Launch Gateway Elements

On February 9th NASA announced that a Falcon Heavy rocket built by SpaceX will be used to launch the first two elements of the Lunar Gateway. These elements are the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO). The PPE is a solar electric propulsion spacecraft that will provide power, communications,Continue reading “NASA Picks Falcon Heavy to Launch Gateway Elements”

Meet Perseverance

In about a week and a half the Mars rover; Perseverance will touch down on the Red Planet. After successful systems checks and time to boot up, this next generation rover will begin to explore our neighboring planet. Although on the surface Perseverance looks a lot like previous rovers such as Curiosity, it is theContinue reading “Meet Perseverance”

Seven Minutes of Terror

– Perseverance arrives on Mars – After launching on July 30th from Cape Canaveral and spending over 6 months traveling through the solar system, the new Perseverance rover is about to arrive at Mars. Before it can begin to explore the surface of the red planet, however, it must endure a harrowing descent. On FebruaryContinue reading “Seven Minutes of Terror”

Galactic Gardening

Do you have issues growing plants? Many people struggle to even keep a houseplant alive, let alone a whole garden.  Countless books have been written on how to care for everything from sunflowers to trees, and one major assumption is that plants will be raised on earth.  There are no instructional books on growing plantsContinue reading “Galactic Gardening”