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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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New smallsat rocket company obtains financing

The competition heats up: A new rocket company, Vector Space Systems, has announced that it has obtained seed money to begin the development of a new rocket for launch very small satellites.

Vector is designed to provide dedicated launches of very small spacecraft. The vehicle is capable of placing satellites weighing up to 45 kilograms into a basic low Earth orbit, and 25 kilograms into a standard sun synchronous orbit. Those launches will cost $2–3 million each, with the higher price reserved for “first class” launches reserved as little as three months in advance.

This rocket would compete with Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne and Rocket Lab’s Electron for the smallsat and cubesat business.

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One comment

  • Dick Eagleson

    It looks as though their likely market is for smaller smallsats than the OneWeb-type units that VG and Rocket Lab are pursuing. Vector’s technical stats page only mentions cubesats. The upper stage has enough volume to accommodate 12U worth of cubesats, though the maximum mass varies from 25 kg. for a 400 km. sun-synchronous orbit to 45 kg. for 28 – 58 degree 200 km. orbits. This vehicle could launch more than one cubesat per mission, depending upon their mass, but it looks to be aimed mainly at solo rides for comparatively heavy and sophisticated cubesats. That market will probably consist mostly of corporate experiments/prototypes and student payloads from educational institutions. At $2 million/mission, the initial target price is a lot cheaper than a VG or Rocket Lab launch. Given that the intent is for the 1st stage of the vehicle to be reusable, there seems to be future potential for still cheaper mission prices which, especially with respect to cubesats, would greatly increase the size of the market that could be served.

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