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Space Dump

Three interesting stories from Parabolic Arc, a great site covering “New Space:”

VIRGIN GALACTIC

Burt Rutan, arguably the greatest living aerospace engineer and designer of the SpaceShip One and SpaceShip Two vehicles, expresses the opinion that all the evidence is pointing to: The loss of the SpaceShip Two vehicle was due to pilot error. And here’s Bill Whittle, former aerospace journalist and now political commentator, on how things like this happen — and why they have to:

SPACEX

Elon Musk provides some new details on how SpaceX will recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.  Spoiler: It’s amazingly cool.

NEW REACTIONLESS SPACE DRIVE?

Finally, here’s an article about something I’ve been hearing about for years: A physicist who seems to have developed a true “reactionless drive,” a staple of science fiction.  It’s only at the miniature demonstrations stage but, as this longer article at Boing Boing describes, the theoretical foundation for the work seems sound.  Well worth reading.

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