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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Stratolaunch shutting down?

According to a Reuters story today based upon anonymous sources within the company, Stratolaunch is about to cease operations.

The key quote from the article:

As of April 1, Stratolaunch had only 21 employees, compared with 77 last December, one of the four sources said. Most of the remaining employees were focused on completing the carrier plane’s test flight.

The decision to set an exit strategy was made late last year by Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, chair of Vulcan Inc and trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust, one of the four people and the fifth industry source said. Jody Allen decided to let the carrier aircraft fly to honor her brother’s wishes and also to prove the vehicle and concept worked, one of the four people said.

If true, this is hardly a surprise. The company was never able to find a viable path to orbit. It had built a spectacular plane, but could not find a rocket for that plane to launch.

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5 comments

  • Cotour

    The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

    No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it. The saying is adapted from a line in “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”

    You just never know.

  • wodun

    Hopefully, the work they have done will be sold to other companies who can find ways to use it.

    What if they built a structure in the center that allowed the rapid loading/unloading of container boxes? Fly in drop off the container carrying structure, hook up a new one, and fly off to the next destination.

    Maybe Bezos will buy it.

  • Edward

    I wish I were surprised by this news, but I have suspected that this venture had been a drain on Paul Allen and that his heirs were not enthusiastic enough about space to continue the work until it proved profitable or unprofitable.

    It is events such as this that makes me especially eager to wish good health to Jeff Besos and Robert Bigelow. They, too, are funding expensive operations that are on the verge of making a big difference in space access and in the space economy. I certainly hope that their endeavors are able to continue long enough to prove profitable or not.

    Other NewSpace companies are driven less by personality and more by operations or business opportunities. These include Sierra Nevada and SpaceX, although SpaceX may become less driven to get to Mars if anything were to happen to Elon Musk.

  • jburn

    Are we seeing the end of airplane assisted rocket launching? Both this company and Virgin are seeing their entire approach to space access superseded by advances in reusable rocket technology.

  • Terrence

    I was thinking that this might be the time Scaled Composite moved from earth to space with a rocket, however, I just found out the Scaled Composites was bought by Northrop Grumman. Is there any hope?

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