Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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ArianeGroup successfully tests solid rocket booster

Capitalism in space: ArianeGroup today successfully tested the solid rocket booster that it will use on both its Ariane 6 and Vega-C rockets in the 2020s.

The test success is good news for ArianeGroup, but this quote is actually more significant:

A compromise reached in May by European Space Agency members funding launch vehicle development will keep production of the P120C in Italy, allowing Avio to produce up to 35 boosters annually. A previous arrangement would have split production between Colleferro, Italy-based Avio and MT Aerospace of Augsburg, Germany.

The economies of scale provided by using the same booster for two rockets and concentrating production in one place are a key aspect of reducing the price for Ariane 6 missions by 40 to 50 percent compared to the Ariane 5 in use today.

Faced with stiff competition from SpaceX, the European Space Agency (ESA) gave ArianeGroup the power to structure operations more efficiently rather than cater to the pork desires of the agency’s many member nations.

Whether either Ariane 6 or Vega-C can compete with SpaceX’s reusuable rockets however remains doubtful. I expect that almost all of ArianeGroup’s customers in the next decade will be ESA member nations, required to buy its more expensive services.

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5 comments

  • wodun

    Pretty amazing that they hope to cut the price by 40-50%.

  • Col Beausabre

    Shows how much pork costs ….not that I should boast since I live in the Garden State…

    TRENTON, N.J. — At $2 million a mile, New Jersey spends eight times the national average on its state-controlled highways, a heavy toll that is driving the tax-supported roadway fund dry and forcing officials to rethink how roads are built.”

    I should hope so – not that I expect any results. The answer will be, “Tax the rich!” (which will mean anyone who has an income). NJ has reached The Thatcher Point. “Eventually you run out of other peoples’ money to give away”

    “triple the roughly $675,000 spent by the next-highest state, Massachusetts, and more than eight times the national average of $162,200”

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/12/why-it-costs-you-2-million-a-mile-to-build-a-nj-road/17125069/

  • I am so glad I moved out of the NY metropolitan area in 1998. So, so, so glad.

  • wayne

    Can somebody give me a net-cost per mile, for the “super-train” in California?

    Ref: Highway construction:
    It’s worse than Col Beausabre reports. (although I don’t know where the “$2 million/mile” figure comes from,)

    I’m in Michigan and we rank 13th for ‘cost-per-lane-mile’ at $42K –so a standard divided highway (2 lanes each way, 4 total) in Michigan would come in at $168K/mile, but that also doesn’t include land, engineering, or any over-passes or exits.
    [Arizona btw is ranked 12]

    Comprehensive charts (and a lengthy PDF Report) are at:

    >https://midwestepi.org/2017/05/03/what-are-road-construction-costs-per-lane-mile-in-your-state/

    –For highways, you have construction cost + right-of-way-acquisition cost + engineering cost + required over-passes & Exits.

  • wayne

    “We’ll Take the High Road”
    1957 American Road Builders Association
    https://youtu.be/wnrqUHF5bH8
    31:27

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