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LONG RANGE SENSORS...shields up!

At times engineers are the most annoying critics. Wayne Hale posted a blog reflecting on mistakes made in the shuttle program. At times engineers give us warnings we should listen to. But others may sense danger as well. We may need lawyers in specialties like ITARS, EXPORT, LAUNCH, UAS, OSHA...
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EGG BASKETS

If we need reusable rockets for economy can we afford to put all of our eggs in one basket? Fortunately capitalism encourages innovators to deliver alternative technologies and no one system will hold entire markets forever. Biplanes did eventually let the metal monoplane have a place. If Sp...
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"National Space Council backs incremental space regulatory reform"

http://spacenews.com/national-space-council-backs-incremental-space-regulatory-reform/ Some promising developments here, simplifying launch licensing and streamlining regulations would be a good thing. Needs to be done in a way consistent with international treaty obligations, of course. Too...
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SPACE CONFERENCE

Some of us miss an affordable informal space conference formerly offered by the Space Access Society. As such we are considering a revival in a new loaction. Evoking a science fiction cult favorite we may offer a little Firefly flavor. One available possibility is to abandon the traditional ex...
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RENEWABLE ENERGY BASED ORIGAMI ROBOTICS

This is the proposal of the renewable energy and robotics application for Planetary Exploration. We could make robotics application with specific origami structures and it could work with the support of renewable energy as well. I'd like to get support and funds for such prototypes to develop...
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Great article on the importance of Decentralization

While much of the visibility around crypto focuses on price movements and wild speculation, the core concept of decentralization that the technology enables is often overlooked. https://medium.com/@cdixon/why-decentralization-matters-5e3f79f7638e
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Is there anything we can learn from BlastOff.com ?

During the .com boom of the late 1990s, an organization of aerospace engineers came together to launch a lunar rover. Although most of the hardware was completed, the project eventually ran out of funding. I'd say the lesson for me would be protecting funding. Blastoff was tied to the fate of ...
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Space Manufacturing Vision

I believe all the components are now available to create a space manufactory. The challenge becomes merging the components together to create a self-sustaining ecosystem. Core technical components: Low-cost launch vehicle 3D-printers Drones and robotics Power to sustain opera...
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Crypto Resources

In addition to traditional media an social media outlets, there's a few projects in crypto land that could be good partnerships here. I mention these since the project is seeking funding through a crowdsourced token launch. Getting partnerships with other projects often increases exposure and ...
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"A Model Lease for Orbis"

Model lease for a hypothetical space community, drawn up by a leading scholar of private voluntary communities: http://voluntaryist.com/backissues/081.pdf
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