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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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SpaceX delays all launches while it investigates failed booster landing

Capitalism in space: In order to investigate the failure of the first stage to land successfully during the last Starlink satellite launch on February 15th, SpaceX has paused all further launches, with an expected delay overall of one to two weeks before launches resume.

Analysis by Scott Manley suggests during the re-entry burn (as the 1st stage re-entered the atmosphere) one of the engines had issues, causing the booster to break-up shortly before it hit the ocean.

When SpaceX was first attempting to land its first stages, the boosters would routinely crash, and the company would not slow its launch schedule because the boosters had still functioned as expected during launch. Nor was anyone disturbed by those failures nor did anyone expect SpaceX to pause further launches.

Things are different now. We have a high expectation that a Falcon 9 engine will relight and work every time, all the way back to its landing pad. Any failure later in the flight, even if the rocket got the payload into orbit, raises questions that must be answered. Hence the delay in further launches.

Overall, this higher expectation of success is a good thing. It says that we now expect rockets to be able to land successfully. And getting this problem fixed will only increase the chances that they will do so more reliably in the future.

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4 comments

  • Diane Wilson

    It’s not “expectations” of successful landings that caused the delay. “Flight-proven” boosters has become an essential part of the Starlink constellation, and of SpaceX in a broader sense as a satellite launch service. They’ve been getting by with a small pool of five used Falcon 9 vehicles, now reduced to four. Two of those four are nearing their tenth launch, at which point we can expect them to be taken out of service for major inspection and refurbishment. They really can’t afford another failed landing until more used Falcon 9s become available.

    There are other flight-proven boosters in SpaceX’s inventory, but they are contractually bound to be used for specific launches, and are not available for other use. I’ll guess that SpaceX will be reluctant to accept such contracts in the future.

  • Jeff Wright

    This is why I’ve liked the idea of fly-backs-less abuse on the engines.

  • Thank you, Diane Wilson.

  • Jeff Wright

    Musk is finally learning caution. He is like the bad Kirk, and needs a McCoy: “Jim-you’re pushing.” Bezos is good Kirk-and needed R. Lee Earmey’s boot. Mr. Bezos, the fly back booster from the wiki about Europe’ SHLL program has been done-they just need money. Oh, buy Fry’s electronics-the world is a more interesting place with them, Squadron hobbies and Toys R Us in it. Musk could have been cool and propped them up, but lost big on bitcoin-no doubt used by tax evaders, child-sex tourists, and gun and drug runners.
    It is like Poirot said: “If you place your head in the lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain if he happens to bite it off, no?”
    Now he has fifteen bil’ less to spend on Starship than he had a week ago. Madness!

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