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Biden fires Boeing on SLS; gives job to Acme

In an interesting announcement today, the Biden administration fired Boeing as the prime contractor for SLS and gave the job to a well-known southwest company dubbed Acme.

Anticipating critical comment, White House spokesmen pointed out that Acme had a long history of use of solid-fuel rockets for crewed applications, “without loss of human life or serious injury” despite some less-than-fatal mishaps.

…The spokesperson also added, “It should be noted that Acme’s products have never killed anybody. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Boeing.”

Before you comment, make sure you read the article at the link closely, and also click on the two links in the article to get some detailed background on Acme, from some original sources.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

20 comments

  • Ron Desmarais

    I had to check to see if today was April 1st not March 1st :-)

  • Jay

    Ron,
    I did the same thing!

  • Lazarus Long

    I saw that coming a mile away. Reminded me of –

    “Acme Aerospace poster” (google it)

  • Thank you for your speedy, fast-breaking news coverage. I’m sure it will not blow up in your face. Or move so fast you go over the cliff. Or…

  • Ray Van Dune

    Late breaking: the mystery of the selection of ACME despite its lack of aerospace credentials may have been solved. Apparently the well-known company Blue Origin has purchased the ACME brand, seeking to leverage the thousands of (short) ACME flights to bolster the meager BO portfolio. The Board of the new company will consist of Sen. R. Shelby, J. Bezos, and renowned test pilot W. E. Coyote. Despite attempts by Coyote, industry acceleration specialist R. Runner (birdus velocitas) could not be reached for comment beyond the obligatory “meep-meep”.

  • Jerry E Greenwood

    You’re a month early! That having been said which of the maj. Networks will run with this got to be the first!

  • Spectrum Shift

    Has Biden been watching Saturday morning cartoons again?

  • Call Me Ishmael

    “without loss of human life or serious injury”

    Rampant speciesism! Coyote Lives Matter!

  • Col Beausabre

    This is actually used as a teaching tool in various law schools

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1990/02/26/coyote-v-acme

  • john

    It’s still not going to work.

  • Alton

    Lol. I needed that boost!!!

  • wayne

    “Road Runner Theme– Live”
    Barbara Cameron (1926–2013)
    The Cape Coral Jazz Festival.
    (jazz arrangement by Doug Cameron)
    https://youtu.be/2jtwgg5vEaE
    2:40

  • Problem is, ACME has a reputation for leaving their customers hanging …

    … in midair. Next to a cliff.

  • On a related note … had not the Karens of the 1970’s discouraged the viewing of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, our younger generations would have seen how Wile E’s cousin Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog strike the right balance between on-the-clock confrontation and off-the-clock civility.

    Seeing that might have dissuaded our younger folks from embracing cancel culture.

  • wayne

    Jester–
    (off to the races!)
    Good stuff!

    My Grand Unification Theory on all this– we’ve reached a point in our Country where there is a distinct lack of what I generically call “shared cultural experiences.” (not to mention a general fuzziness on our history) ((the opposite of herd-immunity, so to speak…)) Now, these darn Fools want to drag us all under, like ‘camping forever,’ but with no camping equipment.

    going way tangential, just cuz’ it’s a well done piece of film:

    The American Rocketeer (2010)
    Frank Malina, Theodore von Kármán, and the history of JPL
    https://youtu.be/jlNz634TjN0
    1:29:24

  • Jester Naybor: Second Wayne’s comment.

  • Jeff Wright

    Wile E. was my hero. I could identify with his bad luck.
    Salieri was my other hero from Amadeus.

    And did I ever hate that bird.
    If you go by Hunter Thompson-he got his in the end.

  • David Telford

    Got a woodpecker working the house. I’m looking for a giant bear trap. Nothing goes wrong with those! But I don’t see that on the Illustrated Catalog by Acme.

  • t-dub

    My favorite ACME product is the Earthquake Pills. A classic episode, one of the funniest ever made imho.

  • Jeff Wright

    My favorite was when he was after Bugs Bunny, and his magnet pulled in the huge rocket-but the Grammatica moment of the Starship failure had more of that ACME vibe:-) almost-but not quite.

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