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CEO of ARCA Space arrested for fraud and embezzlement

Capitalism in space: The CEO of ARCA Space was arrested in Georgia yesterday for fraud and embezzlement and extradited back to New Mexico.

ARCA is the company developing an aerospike test engine that was supposedly ready for ground tests in late September but as of yet I am unaware of any actual tests taking place.

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.
 

5 comments

  • wayne

    Is this guy [ Dumitru Popescu ] an American citizen? and why does he have a Romanian passport?

    Trying to find the arrest-warrant, I came up with:

    https://www.donaanacounty.org/inmates/viewprofile/1700009732

  • wayne

    Popescu does sorta look, like comedian Bert Kreischer–

    Bert Kreischer…
    “Getting involved with the Russian Mafia”
    https://youtu.be/D9TNjT_h70E
    13:51

  • jburn

    That was funny
    …. “this is Russia”

  • wayne

    jburn-
    (Bert likes to drink, a lot, every day.)
    I’m only marginally knowledgeable with this crop of Comedian’s, but they do have some humorous material, so glad you liked. (a little bluer than I like, but it was his Showtime special.)

    The Guys discuss not using drugs or alcohol, for a whole month-
    Joe Rogan Experience #1036
    “Ari Shaffir, Bert Kreischer & Tom Segura, celebrate Sober-October-Is-Over.”
    https://youtu.be/vnNgAxHfFo8
    (2:51:36)

    totally tangential and off-thread:
    Rogan did an excellent 2 hour interview last week, with Billy Corrigan from Smashing Pumpkin’s, highly recommend.

  • Edward

    I hope that ARCA can survive this. Otherwise we will lose yet another opportunity to see the aerospike engine in flight.

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