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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Japan begins testing new rocket engine

Capitalism in space: Japan has begun testing the rocket engine it will use in its next generation rocket.

The H-III will succeed the country’s current H-series rockets, H-IIA and H-IIB. The rocket will use commercially available components and a fuselage that can be mass produced, lowering launch costs to about half of the current price tag of approximately 10 billion yen ($88.6 million). The new, more powerful engine will allow the H-III to carry a midsize to large satellite weighing up to 6.5 tons — 60% more than the H-IIA.

If I understand this correctly, a launch with this new rocket will cost about $45 million, which will make it very competitive with SpaceX. At the same time, it is not as powerful, which means it will not serve the exact same customer base. Instead, its capacity makes it a direct competitor to India’s GSLV Mark III rocket.

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3 comments

  • LocalFluff

    I think they are talking about GEO orbit, not LEO. H-II launches 4-6 tons to GEO and this H-III will be larger, 8 meters taller. Ariane 5 used to lift 7 tons to GEO but the Ariane 5 ECA version has already put 10.7 tons in GEO now. Seems to me H-III will be in the most common orbital class of launchers today, about 20 tons to LEO.

    That the existing Japanese H-II launcher would cost only $88.6 million to launch is news to me. I’ve heard that it is the most expensive launcher in the world together with Delta IV costing up to $400 million. That’s why they only ever launched Japanese payloads (and an Australian secondary payload once).

  • LocalFluff wrote, “I think they are talking about GEO orbit, not LEO.”

    I think you are correct. My mistake.

  • wayne

    Sounds like this H-III, is capable of carrying 6 independently targeted re-entry vehicle’s.

    “We’re just a battery for hire with a guitar fire,
    Ready and aimed at you.
    Pick up your balls and load up your cannon,
    For a twenty-one gun salute….
    –For those about to rock, we salute you!”

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