Scroll down to read this post.


Without the support of my readers I could not keep doing this, not so much because of the need for income to pay the bills, but because it tells me that there are people out there who want me to do this work. If you wish to add your vote of support to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, you can do so in any one of the following ways:


1. Zelle: This is the only internet method that charges no fees. All you have to do is use the Zelle link at your internet bank and give my name and email address (zimmerman at nasw dot org). What you donate is what I get.


2. Patreon: Go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation.

3. A Paypal Donation:

4. A Paypal subscription:

5. Donate by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman and mailed to
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

Turkish company announces plans to build commercial rocket

Capitalism in space: A Turkish company, Roketsan, has announced its plans to build a rocket capable of launching both commercial and Turkish government satellites.

A Rocketsan press release that came out right before the Turkish International Defence Industry Fair held May 9-12, 2017, revealed the company’s plan to develop an independently funded satellite launch vehicle (SLV). The SLV will be Turkey’s first domestically produced rocket and it will be capable of launching low-Earth-orbiting satellites to an altitude of 500–700 km.

The SLV development is still in the conceptual design phase, but is planned to have a liquid propulsion system and falls in line with the SLS project. The SLS project involves a three-fold plan, the first step of which is to develop an SLV for the Turkish government.

Even though the SLV development is a fully private venture by Rocketsan, it will be Turkey’s own vehicle to use for government missions. That being said, the SLS project has much bigger and ambitious goals that require two additional phases. The next steps of the project will be the establishment of both a Satellite Launch Centre and Remote Earth Stations.

There is a video animation at the link showing the launch of their imagined rocket. It is worth watching because its almost cartoon quality indicates how far they probably have to travel to make this project happen.

Conscious Choice cover

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.


All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. All editions can also be purchased direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.


Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • LocalFluff

    This is like Mussolini in a race car in the 1920s, or Putin showing off his judo.
    Erdogan has made Turkey his personal property. He fired 100,000 and jailed 40,000. Ambassadors and businessmen abroad defect and seek asylum to save themselves from Erdogan’s mass murder to come. Turkey’s big tourist industry has disappeared and sanctions would completely kill off its economy. Turkey has now, actually by democratic election, no coup here, ended its 100 years of secularism. Now it has returned into the failed state of the old Ottoman Empire, the sick man of Europe as it was called. They will never be able to launch anything to orbit.

    Has anyone here ever bought anything MANUFACTURED in Turkey? Anyone? Anything?

  • Dick Eagleson

    Until recently, at least, Turkey had made considerable progress as an industrial economy owing to its low costs of production for many manufactured goods, especially subcomponents such as auto parts. Your car may well contain Turkish parts even if the “Made in…” sticker doesn’t say “Turkey.” How the increasingly despotic Erdogan regime has affected this, I haven’t looked into in detail, but it’s hard to believe the trend is positive.

    There’s a bit of a deja vu effect here too. Western business magazines in the late 90’s were full of stories about how “Palestine” was about to be a legitimate state and the all-but-complete Camp David Accords would usher in a new era of Palestinian entrepreneurship and prosperity.

    History records, of course, that the “Palestinian government” (i.e., Yasser Arafat) spurned the Camp David Accords and shortly thereafter launched the First Intifada. Something there seems to be in the soul of much of Islam that genuinely craves violence and barbarism.

    It would be nice to suppose Turkey can avoid regressing back to its stagnant Ottoman past. Developing a home-grown spacefaring capability, however modest, could only assist in this. But I’ll confess I’m not an optimist on that score. Where this sort of happy talk PR is concerned I think we all have a right to claim honorary status as Missourians.

  • wayne

    Great stuff!

  • LocalFluff

    The US, Germany and Japan, and a few neighboring countries, invent and design everything useful to human beings. The rest of the world only assemble the parts they have designed and manufactured. I’d say that all of civilization depends on a handful of a thousand of individuals. The rest of the billions of workers are just amplifiers who would immediately become cavemen without the select one thousand innovator changers.

    Turkey has had a boom in assembling components designed and manufactured in the above mentioned developed part of the world. Once they can no longer import the components, or export their assembly: kaput! And it is happening now. It has happened to ALL arabic countries. And it is not a coincidence. Turkey is becoming a wasteland fast. Their rocket ambitions at most has the ambition to imitate North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs. Erdogan is shopping for a nuke in order to burn YOU to death while you are at sleep at home. That’s what the mass murdering islamic psychopath is actually thinking about. We must nuke him before he nukes us!

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *