SpaceX successfully launched its commercial rocket today marking the first time a private company has sent a spacecraft to the space station. The Falcon 9 rocket along with the Dragon capsule is loaded with the hopes and dreams of hundreds of students from around the USA.Read more »
The FAA has partnered with eight universities to figure out how space tourism fits into the airspace and, in some ways, into society itself. FAA's Hank Price says the agency wants to try and keep everyone safe without unduly impeding development of the industry. "We try to be as flexible as we can, to be as safe as possible but also allow testing of (private spaceships and rockets)," Price said.
Price said there are a host of areas that need to be fleshed out, from certification of private astronauts to design and operational standards for spaceports.Read more »
Design student Fabian Brunsing has devised a fiendish device that makes pay toilets seem positively munificent: Dubbed “Pay & Sit: The Private Bench,” it consists of a bench covered with retractable metal spikes and a coin slot. If you want to sit down on the bench without an array of spikes jamming you in the keister, you’ve got to pay €0.50 (about 70 cents US).Read more »
From The New York Times: "In New Space Race, Enter the Entrepreneurs": Four years from now, the company plans for real modules to be launched and assembled into the solar system’s first private space station. "Every astronaut we have come in here just says, ‘Wow,’ ” said Robert T. Bigelow, the company founder. “They can’t believe the size of this thing.”Read more »
In Auburn, New York, the city is threatening to invoke eminent domain to seize private property for a private hotel conference center, saying the public good outweighs the private property rights of some citizens.Read more »
Taking Liberty is a comprehensive look at the lower 48 states showing, region by region,
how the Environmental Movement is rapidly abolishing Private Property in America.
The Pope has yet again been causing controversy, but, for once, he’s on the right side of the issue (even a blind squirrel finds an occasional nut).Read more »
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