Doctor Geek's Laboratory of Applied Geekdom » Investigation: Privatization of Space Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:02:00 +0000 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:02:00 +0000 APTHive en-US hourly 1 Pioneers of Private Space Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 More]]>

As our listeners know, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory are big supporters of the privatization of space.  We are confident that commercial enterprises, working with NASA, will bring us closer to being a space faring civilization.   A lot of positive actions have been taken lately that make that goal seem ever so likely.  Unfortunately this week has marked not one but two setbacks for the commercial space program.

First, Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which was carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, exploded about six seconds after launch. Second, One test pilot died and another was injured when Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo was lost.Details are still coming in as to what exactly happened in each instance.  At present, Virgin has stated that  the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo”.

While we here at Doctor Geek’s Laboratory take a moment to honor the life lost, we are reminded that spaceflight is an ultrahazardous activity, that all the pioneers of private space flight take countless risks in trying to expand man’s reach in this universe.  We salute them all and understand risk is their business.

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The wait is over! NASA has announced America’s renewed commitment to human space flight.  “Today, with the selection of Boeing and SpaceX to be the first American companies to launch our astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has set the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of human spaceflight.” — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

SpaceX, the first private company to ferry cargo to the International Space Station will be providing it’s Dragon capsule, while Boeing is offering its CST-100 capsule which uses the Atlas V rocket to deliver the capsule to space.

This announcement is just one small step.  From here, both companies will have to satisfy several certification tests that will be overseen by NASA.  While the first use of these spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station is a few years away, hope was expressed by NASA that today would mark not a rebirth of American space flight but the new beginning of simply human space flight.

More information on NASA’s Commercial Crew program can be found here

Episode 6 - Remuteration! Wed, 01 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 More]]> Our latest episode is up! Listen below or subscribe through iTunes!

Will the Lab Staff reverse the mind swap? Can Mr. Flask perfect the Skills Booster before Claire arrives? What is Google’s connection to the privatization of space? All these questions will be answered in the exciting season one finale.

A special Thank You to Gerry Hoard for providing the voice of The Shadow Proclamation.

Episode 5 - Space Adventures Fri, 05 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 More]]> Our latest episode is up! Listen below or subscribe through iTunes!

The lab staff meets Tom Shelley of Space Adventures. We learn about space tourism, and what it would take to go to the moon and beyond. Meanwhile, Mr. Creature boldly goes where no test subject has gone before!