OMG: JPL for MSL landing!

Posted by on August 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm
MSL landed here

It was a somewhat cheeky email I sent, just lightly mentioning that I was hoping to be at JPL for the Mars Science Laboratory landing, but was in a pickle about what to do since I was travelling with a friend who couldn’t get media credentials. There was no guarantee that he and I would […]

How the Canadian Space Agency punches above its weight – advice for other small space-faring nations

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

In comparison to NASA’s (approximately) $18 billion budget, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) budget of $300 million looks like small change. Despite this, Canada has a presence in all of the major space disciplines and is a highly regarded international player. In a world where “No bucks, means no Buck Rogers” (so said Gus Grissom), […]

Spacewalking – like giving birth to yourself

Posted by on April 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  I’m grinning from ear to ear. As I type this, cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Konenenko are engaged in a Russian spacewalk, whilst orbiting the Earth at 17,500 mph. Cameras on the international space station, and also mounted on the cosmonauts’ helmets, are showing me their every move. It’s fascinating. A translator relays the […]

The Chinese Space Programme

Posted by on February 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

2012 is the Chinese year of the Dragon, which is surely a good sign for SpaceX who will be launching their combined COTS 2/3 mission in March. All being well, this will see the first private spacecraft visit and supply the International Space Station. But what of China and their space programme? Whilst they might not […]