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SpaceX successfully launches commercial satellite

The competition heats up: SpaceX tonight successfully launched Echostar 23.

This launch is almost four weeks after their last launch, which sent a Dragon capsule to ISS. Their goal this year has been to do one launch every two weeks, a goal they have not yet reached. The next launch, which will also place a commercial communications satellite into orbit, is tentatively set for March 27, and will also be the first launch that reuses a first stage. If they make that happen it will be first time they have hit the two week launch rate this year. They will then try to follow with another Dragon resupply mission, this time reusing a Dragon capsule for the first time.

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Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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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  • jhon

    After months of waiting, The Brazilians can finally watch TV again

  • wodun

    March 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    After months of waiting, The Brazilians can finally watch TV again

    Could you imagine what would happen in the USA if there was no TV or internet to watch entertainment on? It wouldn’t be the mass reading of books that I know.

  • Edward

    Hosted webcast (my favorite type): (54 minutes)

    Technical webcast (no jibber jabber) (48 minutes)

    Before the internet and TV there were radio and movie theaters. And families used to sing and read newspapers.

  • wayne

    wodun– oh yeah, far too many people in the United States would meltdown if their internet & TV went dark. “First World Problems.”

    In general, I love me some jibber-jabber, but I prefer the technical webcast from SpaceX.

    totally tangential, but communication-related and I know there are some radio-people out there–
    ran across a video on an absolutely yuge AM radio transmitter in Mason, Ohio. The only station to ever transmit at such a high power.
    “WLW’s 500,000 Watt Transmitter”
    Founded by Powel Crosley. He began broadcasting from his garage at 20 watts in the early 1920’s & started an AM radio-set factory, shortly thereafter he formed WLW 700-am, and kept increasing the power on a regular basis.
    They went from 50K watts to 500K watts in 1932. The whole transmitter is the height of analog design & technology. Truly massive, direct-current powered, with 2 foot tall water-cooled vacuum tubes and assorted support infrastructure that is steam-punk esque.

  • Dick Eagleson

    As the FCC was created in 1934, I have to figure that WLW just got grandfathered in. The FCC certainly wouldn’t license a new half-megawatt AM transmitter these days.

    That is not, by the way, an implication that I agree with the FCC on that point. As far as I’m concerned, a radio station should be able to broadcast at any signal strength it wants so long as it has clear-channel permission. There are numerous AM stations outside the U.S. that broadcast with more power than the FCC maximum of 50,000 watts. I would draw a line if a transmitter generated ball lightning and annoyed the nearby livestock.

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