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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 offers 10% discount for satellites launched on reused 1st stages

In interview today for Space News, SpaceX’s president Gwynne Shotwell revealed that the company is only offering a 10% launch discount for any satellite launch that uses a reused Falcon 9 first stage, not the 30% price break she had indicated in March.

Though the interview also touched upon SpaceX’s September 1 launchpad investigation, it did not include anything significantly new. Shotwell readily admitted that the company did consider sabotage as a possible cause, but always considered it unlikely and right now has pretty much dismissed it. She also remains confident that the company will resume launches this year.

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4 comments

  • wodun

    They have to make some money to fund everything. Maybe larger price cuts will come later as their technology matures. The previous 30% and the new 10% reduction lets us know that they are shaving off costs.

  • Alex

    10% is not enough to take the risk of a used stage, It looks to me that we might are able to observe that cost reduction by Faclon 9’s reuse are so significant as hopped, or I am misguided by the article?

  • Localfluff

    Is a used stage really more risky? I’m not sure about that. But the main point is of course cost savings. If they aren’t bigger than 10%, that’s a disappointment. Even 30% is less than a revolution. But price is not cost. They don’t need to give the value added to the customers until they have more competition, or outlook for greater demand from a low-price market and the capacity to mass produce launches.

  • broyale

    I thought I would add to this that the price reduction is most likely dictated by demand for used stages. If they reduce their prices by 30% then all their customers may want to fly on used stages. A 10% reduction may be sufficient for some customers and could be better for SpaceX’s margins after the pad explosion.

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