I may be one of the few bloggers that is keeping an eye on space and the news that comes out……from the Space force to Space Law……
Warp speed….FTL……hyper-drive……all this is suppose to bring us close to light speed…..at least in pop scifi……
There is a news story that announces a new drive that could very well o what fiction tells us…..
80-year-old lung cancer survivor and California State University, Fullerton physics professor emeritus Jim Woodward has an out-of-this-world idea to allow spacecraft to travel to neighboring star systems: tiny crystals that vibrate tens of thousands of times per second when an electric current is applied.
His invention, dubbed the Mach-effect gravitational assist (MEGA) drive, makes the extraordinary promise of a propulsion system that relies on nothing but a source of electricity — no heavy combustion fuel necessary, as Wired reports in a fascinating new feature.
The idea is to accelerate slowly, but over a very long period of time. According to Woodward, a spacecraft with a MEGA drive could eventually reach velocities approaching the speed of light, with the help of an onboard nuclear reactor to supply decades worth of electric power.
First Space Force soldiers to deploy to Iraq….(think about that)…….
The U.S. Space Force has marked another milestone for the history books: the first official deployment of its troops — and it’s not to the moon.
Twenty airmen assigned to the 16th Expeditionary Space Control Flight and the 609th Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, transferred into the military’s newest branch during enlistment or oath of office ceremonies earlier this month, according to a news release. The airmen are in organic space career fields such as space operations and space systems operations, officials said.
What I really like is the Space Law stuff….I have written a couple of times in the past….
An Arctic incident from the past shows that we need to work out if there is a killing in space…..
Mario Escamilla was furious. A colleague of his, nicknamed Porky, had just stolen his jug of raisin wine. So the 33-year-old Escamilla grabbed a rifle and set out to reclaim it. He had no idea he was about to get tangled up in one of the knottiest homicides in history—a killing that also raises serious questions about how humankind should handle the first, inevitable murder in outer space.
Escamilla worked on T-3, also known as Fletcher’s ice island, a Manhattan-size hunk of ice that at the time was floating north of Canada in the Arctic Ocean, roughly 350 miles from the North Pole. T-3 had been occupied off and on since the 1950s, and 19 scientists and technicians were stationed there during the summer of 1970, studying ocean currents and wind and weather patterns.
Just a few thoughts that I had after reading articles……
Space–The Final Frontier……to boldly go where no man has gone before…..all the space news that you could not possibly use.
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