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SpaceX wins safety design award

I post this story about SpaceX winning an award for its safety-in-design work mostly to illustrate again that, except for one lone commenter on my webpage, most of the aerospace industry recognizes the generally good work that SpaceX has been doing. Not only do their recognize it, they have found themselves struggling to meet the competitive challenge that SpaceX now represents, an effort that has been all to the good for everyone in the space industry.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, 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.


  • Kelly Starks

    Yeah what would I know. I’m just one of the guys companies hire to tell engineers how to build them.

    ….and in a couple hours I’ll be a former SNC employee as the layoff spread. ;/

    So I’ll likely be offline for a while.

  • Edward

    > ….and in a couple hours I’ll be a former SNC employee as the layoff spread. ;/

    Sorry to hear that. I had hoped that you would make it through this difficult time for the company.

  • Sorry to hear that you are being laid off. Look hard, I am sure you can find work with another company, as there are signs that the business is growing.

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