Monthly Archives: January 2017


Remembering the shuttle Challenger disaster

By |January 28th, 2017|

Thirty-one years ago today I witnessed a national tragedy.

On the morning of January 28, 1986, I reported to work at Planning Research Corporation (PRC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was bitterly cold, and I had heard on the radio that NASA was determined to launch the space shuttle Challenger after several delays.  When I got to […]

Will NASA’s human spaceflight goals change?

By |January 23rd, 2017|

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th. Many of the candidates for key administration posts have been selected, and two have been confirmed: Secretary of Defense and Director of Homeland Security.  Far down the list is the choice for the new NASA Administrator. Maj. Gen. Charlie […]

Blue Origin’s Plans for Orbital Personal Spacelfight

By |January 14th, 2017|

Personal spaceflight is the outgrowth of entrepreneurial spirit backed by substantial financial resources. The two American companies making it happen are Virgin Galactic founded by Sir Richard Branson and Blue Origin founded by Jeff Bezos. Both companies are currently in suborbital spaceflight development, but only Blue Origin plans to go to the next level—orbital personal […]

The High Net Worth and Personal Spaceflight

By |January 7th, 2017|

The experience of suborbital personal spaceflight has been a long wait for those who are aware and able financially to pay for it. Sir Richard Branson was the first entrepreneur—and who better?—to launch Virgin Galactic over ten years ago with much fanfare for people to experience suborbital spaceflight aboard SpaceShipTwo. He thought he would be […]