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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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Military satellite imagery to be obtained from competitive commercial market

Capitalism in space: The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is shifting how it gets the government’s military satellite surveillance imagery so that instead of having a long term contract with one company, multiple satellite companies will compete to provide the data.

Under this new imagery procurement, the NRO plans to buy products from multiple vendors and move beyond the current single-supplier arrangement that the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency signed more than a decade ago with DigitalGlobe, which is now Maxar Technologies. The NGA in 2017 turned over responsibilities for commercial imagery procurement to the NRO, while the NGA remains the primary buyer of commercial geospatial data analytics.

The NRO is expected to select at least three U.S. suppliers and structure the program with onramps for new providers. The agency also will require vendors to sign “end user license agreements” so imagery can be shared across government agencies without additional licensing fees.

This change illustrates how other government agencies are following NASA’s lead and shifting from controlling everything to buying the needed product from the open market. While NRO was getting imagery before from a commercial company, Maxar, depending on a single vendor limited competition and innovation while raising costs.

Buying the data from multiple companies means that NRO will get more choice for less cost.

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6 comments

  • Mark

    It’s a positive story for commercial space, but in terms of national security, it seems like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    This summer’s Afghanistan withdrawal was proof positive that the Global American Empire that bestrode the world since 1945 is dead and buried.

    We used to have foreign policy elites in this country that were well educated, intelligent, and historically literate. It’s civilian foreign policy elites that are supposed to set direction for our nation’s military strategy. What we have now in the realms of foreign policy and military strategy is a complete clown show.
    Well – at least we have the consolation prize that commercial space is getting fed at the trough.

  • Doubting Thomas

    I wonder how NRO will be sure that deep in the bowels of the image processing machine at commercial company B (owned by the CCP behind 8 cutouts or employing a cell of CCP computer specialists at the company), pixel manipulations are NOT done to prevent NRO from seeing something is there.

    I guess you fly multiple companies assets over the same spot to check? Or have some check sum algorithm to show deep faking?

    Seems like there is some risk here.

  • Mark

    Doubting Thomas – your scenario could become a made for TV Streaming series ‘based on true events’. Consider these 2 news items – the highest grossing movie last weekend was not the James Bond movie; rather it was a Chinese war film celebrating a victory against the US in the Korean war. And according to the Daily Mail UK, the CIA just admitted that its informants were executed by Iran and China after a communications system was breached.

    The situation of Americans in their COVIDSTAN bubble and disconnected from world events reminds me of a scene starring Captain Barbossa who was a main character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. In the scene he corners Keira Knightley, and he blows up her understanding of reality with his line: “You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner… you’re in one!!!” Then she mentally falls down a ghostly rabbit hole.
    We have need for many such Captains to shake us up so that we understand the reality we’re in now. To paraphrase the hauntingly good Captain Barbossa, to us today he should say : : “you best start believing in conspiracy theories, YOU’RE LIVIN IN ONE!!!!”

  • Jeff Wright

    So instead of the eye of Big Brother, we are also under the gaze of innumerable little brothers. I feel SO safe…

  • Klystron

    Doubting Thomas,
    Another less difficult but valuable leak would be the tasking information. What exactly is the US focusing on?

  • Star Bird

    Back in the 1970’s they launched the Earth Resources Techology Sattlite (ERTS)so i guess it did like Space Lab and was burned up afterwards

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