Monthly Archives: August 2016


Elysium in Film and Fact

By |August 27th, 2016|

Dystopian themes have been a recurring popular genre in science fiction books and particularly science fiction films. District 9, directed by Neil Blomkamp, was released in 2009.  It was a marvelously clever allegory of South African apartheid with aliens being segregated from the human population of Johannesburg in District 9. On a budget of $30, […]

Entrepreneurs and Personal Spaceflight

By |August 20th, 2016|

NASA and the Soviet Union pioneered human orbital spaceflight in the 20th century, and NASA sent astronauts to the Moon to explore the lunar surface. However, it will be entrepreneurs who are pioneering personal spaceflight in the 21st century.

It is the personal wealth of successful entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos that has […]

Expanding the Suborbital Spaceflight Experience

By |August 13th, 2016|

In May 1961, America’s first astronaut, Alan B. Shepard, rode inside his Mercury capsule on a suborbital spaceflight. The Redstone rocket lofted the Mercury capsule to an altitude of 187.5 kilometers and downrange nearly 488 kilometers. The capsule landed in the Atlantic Ocean by parachute. Shepard’s flight lasted only 15 minutes.

The Redstone rocket […]

Why must James Bond go on forever?

By |August 6th, 2016|

I am going to borrow a tradition from my Personal Spaceflight Advisors Twitter account, where I have Off-topic Sunday. On that day I will tweet several comments having nothing to do with personal or commercial spaceflight. I recently came across an article that triggered a similar thought for my blog posts. So, […]