Conscious Choice cover

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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Starship #11 moves to launchpad

Capitalism in space: Less than a week since the flight and destruction of Starship prototype #10 post flight, SpaceX has now moved Starship #11 to the launchpad.

There is no firm word on when they will attempt to fly this prototype, but based on past history, they will likely do at least one static fire test this week and schedule the flight for next week. All will depend of course on weather and on the results of the static fire test. For example, with #10 they found they needed to replace one engine after the first static fire test.


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  • eddie willers

    Is there a more exciting company in the world?

    This must be like watch RCA in the roaring Twenties.

  • geoffc

    They were cryotesting on Tuesday. Move in on Monday. Start testing on tuesday. Bets of flight? Engines already installed, static fire then fly! Woo Hoo!

    Lots of heat shields on SN11, like on SN10. Notice the left flap has a small patch on the non-airflow side.

  • V-Man

    They have to figure out the header tank pressurization issue before they can fly. Apparently helium gets into the engine and this caused the low thrust on the last landing.

  • Jeff Wright

    They will work you to death-but there, engineers are loved. That makes all the difference.

  • Jay

    We are all impressed by the tests and progress SpaceX is making, but is anyone else impressed with the rate of the construction of these prototypes? In the beginning these prototypes appeared and were tested every six or so months, then a new one every month, and now two weeks later after SN10, they are static firing SN11.
    Building all these prototypes will make construction of the production model a snap.

  • Ray Van Dune

    “Building all these prototypes will make construction of the production model a snap.”

    Jay, you hit the nail on the head. I foresee the StarShip becoming componentized to the point where different thrust, tankage, and cargo / passenger sections can be assembled lego-like to build a range of models. The construction techniques being developed should also lead to a just-in-time spaceship capability. It is even possible that modularity will allow sections to be swappable, allowing users to configure and re-configure!) their own Starships from among an inventory of components! Pretty crazy I know but I think that’s where things could go!

  • Ray Van Dune

    Ps. I mean “pretty crazy” like rockets that land on their tails, like God and Robert Heinlein intended!

  • A. Nonymous

    Elon stated in a presentation/interview early on that they weren’t building a rocket, they were building a factory that makes rockets. This has been an emphasis from the very beginning, and it’s heartening to see how far they’ve come.

  • Jeff Wright noted: “They will work you to death . . . ”

    ‘I know a guy, who knows a guy’ who works at SpaceX. He agrees. You work all the time, but you are also visibly, and rapidly, building a positive future. And you’re likely under 35, which helps.

  • Jay

    I never thought I would ever see J.I.T. construction and spaceship in the same sentence!

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