Space News from the Curious Cosmonaut

The Curious Cosmonaut
Original Research, Analysis and Commentary focused on Improving Life on Earth from Space
Created 28 Sep 2021
  • Let's Build a Space Capsule.
    16 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    To get more humans into space we need more crewed space transportation systems. It is risky to put all one’s hopes into Starship, or even Starliner and Soyuz. Even if all those systems work perfectly ...
  • Could real estate development be the killer app for space?
    12 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Kasper Kubica wrote an interesting article, “The $10MM Condo in Orbit.” Naturally the research staff at Curious Cosmonaut headquarters were intrigued. The piece is well-researched, pragmatic, and defi...
  • Let's make puppies in space a thing.
    10 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    How do we measure humanity’s progress to becoming a spacefaring civilization? A previous post outlined several broad categories and this post will flesh that out even further. First, the goal must be ...
  • Elon Musk will never be King of Mars.
    09 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Many joke that SpaceX’s Mars colonization dream is actually a giant scheme for Elon Musk to control an entire planet. To set himself up as the ‘king’ of Mars and establish a new society exactly as he ...
  • NASA gets cancelled. Would it matter?
    08 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 4
    Facebook was down for a few hours this week and it was front page news. Literally billions of people could not use the site. Whole sectors of the global economy could not advertise to their customers,...
  • Your thinking about space is all wrong.
    05 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    How close are we to building a spacefaring, star-spanning, Star Trek-like future? On the one hand, progress seems to be accelerating. NASA, SpaceX, Planet, Virgin, Blue Origin and many others are buil...
  • US Chinese Moon Race winner, Starship viability, and other predictions
    05 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    The staff here at Curious Cosmonaut Plaza recently unearthed an old time capsule. We enjoyed reading the predictions around the conference table. And it got me thinking: how about some predictions abo...
  • Ban nuclear technology on Earth & subsidize its use in space.
    03 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Crazy Idea Alert: let’s ban the use of nuclear technology on Earth, and subsidize its use outside of our biosphere, in space. Fukushima, Chernobyl, and numerous “Broken Arrow” incidents prove that the...
  • Help me, Sierra Nevada, you're our only hope.
    02 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    SpaceX’s position in the commercial space industry is dominant - too dominant. SpaceX offers the lowest price to orbit1, has had 127 straight successful launches with Falcon 9, and is currently the on...
  • Who is Bob Smith?
    01 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Blue Origin is having its worst communications week ever. First, internal NASA documents showed NASA didn’t think much of Blue Origin’s “gambling” on their Human Landing System contract bid. Then, a f...
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