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Breaking News: Obama proposes an end to NASA’s Planetary Science Program

Breaking News: Obama proposes an end to NASA’s Planetary Science Program

“Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, being readied on the pad, will be launched, as will the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter scheduled [Read More]

Mismatched Models

Mismatched Models

Most advocates of Human Space Flight programs always model HSF with the airplane model.  Government subsidized at first and eventually private for profit companies would take over.  Airplane companies that got too dependent on the government subsidies failed, but airlines [Read More]

Two is One and One is None.

Two is One and One is None.

There is an old saying, “Two is one and one is none.”  It means that if you have only one critical item, and that item breaks, then you have none.  Having two of the same critical item ensures that work can continue if one breaks.  Many of you have been in [Read More]

America’s Human Space Flight Program 1961 to 2011: An Epitaph

America’s Human Space Flight Program 1961 to 2011: An Epitaph

July 21st, 2011, just 42 years and one day after the first landing on the Moon, I sat and watched America’s Human Space Flight Program come to an end after more than 50 years.  As the final “Wheels Stop” was announced by the Commander, I watched in tears [Read More]

More Bitter Than Sweet

More Bitter Than Sweet

What can you say?  It is the end.  The last launch of the most successful American Human Space Flight Program, in fact the most successful HSF program in world history, after thirty years.  Fourteen people have given their lives riding these magnificent birds striving to [Read More]

Interview Updates

The Space Show interview and parts of the CBS interview are now online. You can download The Space Show interview here or you can download it from iTunes. You can view parts of the CBS 60 minutes interview here.  The entire 60 Minutes interview will be broadcast later this [Read More]

Our “New” Human Space Flight Program Explained

Mr. Steven White, a regular reader since April of 2010, created a wonderful video explaining Obama and Senator Bill Nelson’s new Human Space Flight Program that is supposed to replace Constellation.  As you know, Constellation was to take us back to the Moon and [Read More]

A Surreal Day

A Surreal Day

Last Thursday I received a email invite from Brevard Workforce, asking me to participate in a Townhall meeting hosted by CBS news anchor Scott Pelley for the show 60 Minutes.  On Saturday I drove over to Brevard County and had the most surreal day I’ve had for a long [Read More]

Shuttle Launch Director’s Message to His Firing Room Team.

Shuttle Launch Director’s Message to His Firing Room Team.

Mike Leinbach, the launch director at Kennedy Space Center, ran the final launch simulation the other day in prepreation for the final Space Shuttle launch scheduled for July 8th.  He took a minute or two to speak to his entire Firing Room Team and most eloquently summed [Read More]

Now the Republican Presidential Candidates Are Abandoning Our Nation’s Human Space Flight Program

Last night in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential debates, all the candidates were asked, “…whether they would continue Federal Funding for Human Space flight.”  Not one single candidate raised their hand.  Not a single one! You can read the story [Read More]

Obamaville

Obamaville

When I was a child in school and was learning about the Great Depression of the 1930’s, I remember seeing pictures of the shanty towns called “Hoovervilles.”  Later on in life, I saw individual homes or shanties while visiting Mexico during a cruise, but [Read More]

Talk About Chutzpah! Obama to Visit KSC For Endeavour’s Last Launch.

Talk About Chutzpah!  Obama to Visit KSC For Endeavour’s Last Launch.

Florida Today reports that Obama is planning to attend the last launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Talk about chutzpah!   It was just one year ago when Obama came to KSC with his minions, hid from the workers whom he had lied to during the campaign, and killed [Read More]

“Houston Discovery, For the Final Time, Wheels Stop.

“Houston Discovery, For the Final Time, Wheels Stop.

It’s been a couple weeks or so since Discovery ended her very last mission and I have been struggling about what to write.  As regular readers know, Discovery was the first Space Shuttle I worked on and has always been very special to me.  RV-103 was named in honor [Read More]

Finally, Someone at NASA Admits the Truth…

Finally, Someone at NASA Admits the Truth…

NASA Chief Technologist, Robert Braun, admitted in a interview with Physorg.com that it would be at least 10 years before NASA can develop and fly humans on a new ship.  (Special hat tip to NASAEngineer.com for bringing this story to the forefront.) “But with [Read More]

That’s My Girl!!!

That’s My Girl!!!

On February 24th, 2011, OV-103 Space Shuttle Discovery launched for the last time into space.  Discovery was the first Space Shuttle I had the privilege to work on and she has always been my favorite.  I have watched many launches since Columbia’s first launch, and [Read More]

Belated Congratulations to SpaceX

Last month SpaceX completed the first Commercial Orbital Transportation Services or COTS test flight.  COTS was set up in January 2006 by NASA, under the leadership of Dr. Griffin, to have commercial companies compete for a contract to deliver supplies to the International [Read More]

Be Careful What You Wish For…

Be Careful What You Wish For…

As many of you know, I have been an avid supporter of the Constellation program and have expressed grave doubts about Obama, Senator Nelson, and former Congresswoman Kosmas’s plan to turn our entire Human Space Flight program over to unproven commercial space companies [Read More]

The Space Show Interview Is Now Online

Last night I appeared on The Space Show hosted by Dr. David Livingston.  The interview went so well that it went a half hour over the scheduled time.  There were many good calls and email questions from all over the world and Kennedy Space Center.  I wanted to thank the [Read More]

Political Endorsements

Political Endorsements

Some folks in the space community are not too keen on public political endorsements, so they sometimes take offense when someone in their  community takes a stand and supports a candidate.  Since Human Space Flight programs are decided and funded by politicians, I [Read More]

Questions That Keep You Up At Night

Questions That Keep You Up At Night

Did NASA sit on the data that revealed the Moon had twice as much water than previously thought until after Congress and Obama killed Constellation a few weeks ago? [Read More]

An Idea Whose Time May Have Come.

America’s Human Space Flight program (HSF) is a mess.  With the attempted cancellation of Constellation by the politician in the White House Mr. Obama, 535 members of Congress fighting over two other options of their creation, America’s HSF program is truly [Read More]

Comparing Apples and Oranges and Space Plans

Comparing Apples and Oranges and Space Plans

With all the other news going on lately, many people are not aware that there are now four plans being pushed to replace the Space Shuttle Program.  There are of course Constellation, which was first proposed by President Bush seven years ago, and Obama’s plan proposed [Read More]

Start of Discovery’s Final Voyage

Start of Discovery’s Final Voyage

Today, Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) rolled over to the Vehicle Assembly Building to be stacked and mated in preparation for being rolled out to Launch Complex 39A.  This will be Discovery’s 39th and last mission. Though Discovery launched on her first mission August [Read More]

NASA Administrator: Forget the Moon, Let’s Worship Allah and Sing Kum Ba Yah!

NASA Administrator: Forget the Moon, Let’s Worship Allah and Sing Kum Ba Yah!

I was going to do some RV type posts today, but then this story came up on Fox News that just blows my mind.  It is said,  “Reality is stranger than fiction,” and stories like this prove that cliche’ so true. It seems that NASA Administrator Charlie [Read More]

Civil War: America’s First Space Battle and it’s on Earth!!!

Civil War: America’s First Space Battle and it’s on Earth!!!

Although Obama and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden have tried since January 2010 to push Obama’s Power Point plan as America’s new Human Space Flight Program, calling the matter “settled”, seven months later it is far from settled and a Civil War has broken [Read More]

SpaceX and Their Falcon 9 Launch

SpaceX and Their Falcon 9 Launch

On June 4th, 2010 SpaceX “successfully” launched their Falcon 9 rocket for the first time.  For that accomplishment, I give them my congratulations.  To launch a rocket and achieve orbit is a massive undertaking and very few nations can do that let alone private [Read More]

Your Calls Are Making a Difference!

Your Calls Are Making a Difference!

Though Obama and Charlie Bolden are trying hard to kill our Human Space Flight Program, Constellation is still hanging on.  By law, which was passed by Congress last year, Constellation cannot be cancelled without congressional permission.  Work continues on Constellation [Read More]

Thank you!!!

Thank you!!!

Folks I want to thank you so much for reading and forwarding this post I did on Obama’s April 15th speech. It has truly traveled around the world and been seen over 6,000 times now. Keep the pressure on your congressmen and senators. Ask them to support Constellation [Read More]

April 18th, 2010 Visit to Johnson Space Center Visitor Center

April 18th, 2010  Visit to Johnson Space Center Visitor Center

On April 18th, our fearful leader Commander Merlin allowed me some shore leave.  Since we were just outside of Houston, I drove over to see Johnson Space Center’s Visitor Center.  I have spent many hours at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center (I’m even shown [Read More]

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Goodbye and GodSpeed Discovery RV-103.

Goodbye and GodSpeed Discovery RV-103.

What can I say, but that it is an end to a major chapter in our lives.  Today I turned over the keys to our great and [Read More]

CollisionTEC: A Review

CollisionTEC: A Review

Towards the end of Mission #2, RV-103 had a mishap with a pole, as detailed here.  Last month, I finally got an [Read More]

Breaking News: Obama proposes an end to NASA’s Planetary Science Program

Breaking News: Obama proposes an end to NASA’s Planetary Science Program

“Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary [Read More]

Mismatched Models

Mismatched Models

Most advocates of Human Space Flight programs always model HSF with the airplane model.  Government subsidized at [Read More]

Human Space Flight Trivia Week 7

Human Space Flight Trivia Week 7

First of all my apologies.  I had to take care of some duties at home that prevented me from posting the newest [Read More]

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