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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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

Software company aims to launch 250 satellite weather constellation

Capitalism in space: Acme Atronomatic, a software company that developed the MyRadar weather app that has been downloaded 50 million times, is now planning to launch 250 satellite weather constellation, with the first test satellites scheduled for launch in April.

The satellites, scheduled to launch in April on a Rocket Lab Electron from New Zealand, are designed to test and validate hardware for Orlando, Florida-based Acme’s Hyperspectral Orbital Remote Imaging Spectrometer (HORIS) constellation.

Environmental data captured by the HORIS constellation will be paired with artificial intelligence and machine learning to create data-fusion products for the company’s government and commercial customers. Acme also intends to draw on data and imagery from the HORIS constellation to enhance its MyRadar weather app.

The first batch of Acme satellites set to launch in April are PocketQubes, satellites measuring 5 centimeters on each side. The “batch consists of our own satellite and two others that we have informally helped design and build,” Acme CEO Andy Green told SpaceNews by email. “We’re mostly focusing on the primary satellite, MyRadar1,” which is a HORIS constellation prototype.

Private weather satellites like this are the future, rather than government-built satellite, which has been the norm for sixty years. That shift is also apparently being encouraged by Congress, which the House has passed and the Senate is considering. In it NOAA’s budget to build its own weather satellites was trimmed by about 25%, from the requested $1.68 billion to $1.29 billion.

This trim is hardly painful to NOAA’s weather satellite program, which remains well funded. It does indicate however that our spendthrift Congress is interested in ways to save money in this area.


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  • wayne

    Dr. Wile E. Coyote & Acme
    “The Products”

  • john hare

    Meep Meep.

  • Edward

    For several years, the government has been trying to shift weather data-gathering from government satellites to commercial satellites. The main problem has been that commercial satellites in the past have not been designed to obtain the quality that NOAA has grown accustomed to getting, so they have not been eager to buy commercial data. Without assurances for a customer, commercial companies have not been eager to spend money on better data collection. It is a bit like the chicken or the egg dilemma: which comes first, the quality data or the sales that pay for it to be put on the satellites? If NOAA won’t buy the data, then the companies don’t want to lose money on the expensive instruments. However, NOAA has been experimenting with purchasing data in order to encourage commercial companies to improve the quality of their data.

    A second problem, the last I heard, is that NOAA is accustomed to releasing its data at no charge as soon as it gets it. Commercial companies hope to be able to sell their data to secondary customers, in addition to the U.S. government, and want this practice stopped so that there are secondary customers, perhaps delaying the release for a day, when the sales value has decreased. Many secondary customers should be willing to pay for the valuable data, but researchers who are doing things such as making or confirming weather models can still use day-old stale data. It is a bit like using today’s fresh bread to make sandwiches and yesterday’s bread to make croutons.

    As various problems are sorted out, commercial weather-data collection should become routine. This seems to be where Acme AtronOmatic is at today.

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