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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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ESA moves forward on building its own reusable X-37B

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved the preliminary design reviews for its reusable mini-shuttle, dubbed Space Rider, that they hope to launch by 2022.

Launched on Vega-C, Space Rider will serve as an uncrewed high-tech space laboratory operating for periods longer than two months in low orbit. It will then re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and land, returning its valuable payload to eager engineers and scientists at the landing site. After minimal refurbishment it will be ready for its next mission with new payloads and a new mission.

Essentially this is Europe’s X-37B, but developed for commercial customers rather than the military. In fact, it suggests that Boeing, the builder of X-37B, is missing a major market by not developing its own commercial X-37B.

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5 comments

  • wodun

    Hmm, wasn’t Sierra Nevada marketing Dreamcahser to ESA?

  • Tom Billings

    “Hmm, wasn’t Sierra Nevada marketing Dreamcahser to ESA?”

    Yes, but it is American, and as long as ITAR is a problem, it cannot be sold outright. Add in the ESA’s equivalents to Richard Shelby scattered around Europe, and Dream Chaser will be looked at as just a starter set, and possibly a back-up.

  • wodun

    Not sure about what to think about selling a vehicle. It would be like SpaceX selling ESA a Falcon 9 rather than just selling them a launch. Would there be any advantage to ESA building rather than buying? I think so but probably not a market advantage. They might mandate ESA countries patronage their products, which would be similar to ITAR restrictions.

  • Jay

    I read the book “Spaceplane Hermes” by Luc van den Abeelen, and I remembered the author wrote about the lack of commitment (funding) of some of the ESA countries to build the Hermes shuttle. ESA is reviewing the Space Rider design but do they have the money to build it?

  • pzatchok

    Selling a craft very similar to the X-37 to the ESA should not be a problem.
    The problem would be the engines and electronics.

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