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.

Homemade model StarHopper & Starship launch & landings

An evening pause: The youtube website only states that this was “constructed out of paint cans and an American football,” but I see some drone computer technology hidden in these models as well. Regardless, quite cool and quite breath-taking.

Hat tip Martin Kaselis.

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  • Andi

    Very impressive! Leaving the handle on the paint can was a nice touch.

  • Wodun

    Looks fake, with fake camera wobbles and everything. But do notice the landing plate for the second attempt, as if the guy got yelled at by his parents for ruining the forty thousand dollar deck at the lake cabin.

  • Wodun

    Yeah, the channel has two other simulations. It’s amazing what computers can do these days. It’s a good sign that Hollywood will soon lose its grasp on storytelling.

  • Got me thinking how one could actually build that. A throttleable liquid fuel engine doesn’t really exist in model rocketry, but maybe pressurized cold gas for thrust and attitude control. It wouldn’t ‘hop’ very high, but does at least seem feasible.

  • Questioner

    This man produces great, realistic-looking computer animations, even if not all the details are fully technically correct. I love this special animation (see link) that shows a flight of a nuclear bomb-propelled Orion spacecraft to Mars. BTW, a real project idea from 1955 or so. Freeman Dyson was involved.

  • wayne

    Wodun —
    “ruining the forty thousand dollar deck at the lake cabin.”
    That, is absolutely hilarious.

    They should have hired this guy to do the launch abort test video from last week.

  • Joe

    Impressive CGI on that video. It looks and feels pretty real. The giveaway that it is fake is that there is no way to get that gear into that size of a craft. Not with those flight durations. I’ve been doing high powered rocketry for nearly 15 years and we would move heaven and earth to have that kind of tech.

  • Questioner

    Some Starship news from South Texas:

    “In this Episode, we will take another look at SpaceX’s launch facility for the Starship Mark 1 Prototype in Boca Chica Texas. We will take a look at the increased footprint as well as the latest progress on the Starship prototype itself. Last but not least, by popular demand, we will take a look at what’s known right now about SpaceX’s schedule for the Crew Dragon Demo Mission 2.”

  • Questioner

    Starship Mk1 is dead! Methane tank has exploded durig cryo-tests. R.I.P. Mk1!

    Setback for Musk?

  • Edward

    Video of the Starship Mk1 incident: (1 minute)

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