Space X’s Falcon 9: A Milestone in Spaceflight

On December 21, 2015, Space X achieved a milestone in spaceflight. The pioneering company launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Falcon 9 carried a payload of 11 ORBCOMM satellites to orbit. While the satellites were on their journey to low earth orbit, the… More Space X’s Falcon 9: A Milestone in Spaceflight

An Introduction to China’s Space Program

I gave this presentation at DRAGONCON Space Track on Sept 1, 2014.  The presentation is tittled China’s Space Program: An Introduction. The slides are in PDF format and include the following topics on China’s Space Program: ● Introduction ● Motivations ● Organization ● Programs    ○ Satellites    ○ Manned Space flight    ○ Lunar… More An Introduction to China’s Space Program

2014 DRAGONCON SPACE TRACK SCHEDULE – TENTATIVE!!!!

Join 60k of your closest friends at this year’s DragonCon in Atlanta, GA 29 Aug – 1 Sept. Here is the Space Track Schedule. Top Astronomical Stories of the Year Our Sun’s sibling found! The universe is older than we thought! Comets! What were the biggest astronomical stories in the past year? Presenters: Fraser Cain,… More 2014 DRAGONCON SPACE TRACK SCHEDULE – TENTATIVE!!!!

Be Careful Fighting a White Belt and Other Things I Learned in the Martial Arts

Experienced martial artists share a common fear – the dreaded white belt. This is the person who has had just a few months of martial arts training and is not yet capable of controlling punches, kicks, or throws. The inevitable result of practice sparring with this padawan is series of aches and bruises for senior… More Be Careful Fighting a White Belt and Other Things I Learned in the Martial Arts