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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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NASA finally makes available to the aerospace industry its new flight termination software

After what appears to be about a year and a half delay, NASA finally today made available its new flight termination software so that the aerospace industry can now test it.

“This is a major milestone that enables Rocket Lab and other U.S. launch companies to integrate the software now with their launch vehicle’s hardware and run performance simulations,” said David L. Pierce, Wallops Flight Facility director. “This is a key achievement toward enabling Rocket Lab launches from Wallops, in parallel with the NASA teams’ final safety certification steps, which are currently underway. Rocket Lab’s use of the NASA software will enable a high degree of confidence moving forward toward launch.”

Rocket Lab had hoped to launch from Wallops more than a year ago, but was blocked by NASA because the agency was apparently behind schedule in preparing this software. Now that it is finally available for testing, expect Rocket Lab to move swiftly, with a likely Wallops launch within months.

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5 comments

  • From the article:

    “I am very proud of the entire NAFTU team for reaching these critical milestones of releasing the software to industry, as well as completing the test procedure official dry runs,”

    Considering the process is more than a year behind schedule, and has hampered at least one companies’ efforts in a very competitive segment, he’s proud of. . . mediocrity? I am sure there are a number of whys and wherefores, but, to paraphrase:

    ‘Are there no liquidated damages?’

    Where’s the accountability?

  • sippin_bourbon

    ’bout time.

  • Joe

    I hope Boeing didn’t help write this.

    Too soon?

  • pawn

    It still has to work in the real world. Good luck.

    Turning your rocket over to a “robot” to blow itself up if the robot thinks something is wrong.

    And somehow this makes things “safer”.

    “Gosh, it world have worked OK but you guys configured it wrong.”

    You won’t be seeing those things in manned spaceflight, ever.

  • Willi

    This news and the recent sharp selloff in their stock tempts me to double my holdings from 20 to 40 shares…

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