Monthly Archives: May 2016

The XCOR Lynx will not fly–for now

By |May 31st, 2016|

The three companies pursuing suborbital spaceflight for humans are Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic (VG) and in a distant third place, was XCOR. Both Blue Origin and VG have the financial resources to continue the expensive phase of launch vehicle, propulsion and spacecraft development.

Jeff Bezos, founder of, has put several hundred million […]

Conceiving the inconceivable

By |May 21st, 2016|

It is fascinating to look back on the history of all great inventions and ponder that creative process.

Leonardo da Vinci conceived of a flying machine patterned after the design of a bird’s wings. He is quoted as saying: “A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law.” He also conceived the idea of a […]

Potential space tourism in Great Britain

By |May 20th, 2016|

In 2014, the British government announced plans for the establishment of a spaceport for commercial purposes. Roughly half a dozen sites were being considered, with the bulk of them in Scotland. Due to the nature of the business, sites away from urban centers and near the coastline were prime requirements.

In March 2015, the list […]

Music for pondering the cosmos

By |May 15th, 2016|

In a post on The Space Review website a couple of years ago, Dwayne Day wrote about the website Hearts of Space, the music and a few of its composers and performers it has played over the years (“Cruising through the cosmos on waves of sound;” TSR May 13, 2013). Brian Eno, Robert Rich […]

Why didn’t ABBA sing about spaceflight?

By |May 1st, 2016|

ABBA was one of the most popular and successful musical groups in the latter 20th century. The band hailed from Sweden—a small nation from which no pop group had ever emerged before or after ABBA. The band was comprised of two women and two men: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid […]