Monthly Archives: March 2017

SpaceX Launches Reused Falcon 9 Booster: Greater Commercial Space Launch and the Regulation of Space Externalities.

SpaceX has launched a satellite into orbit using a reusable, indeed reused, first stage booster on the Falcon 9 space launch vehicle. This is the first time that a reused booster has been used to launch a space rocket. This … Continue reading

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Is North Korea Preparing for a Sixth Nuclear Weapons Test? Is Kim Going for a >20KT Yield?

38North has important analysis of very recent satellite imagery (March 25) from the North Korean nuclear weapons test site at Punggye-ri New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 25 shows the continued presence of three … Continue reading

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North Korea’s New Rocket Engine for Space Programme? Why a Nuclear Freeze and Resumption of Diplomacy Are Good Ideas.

John Schilling at 38North has good analysis of North Korea’s latest static rocket engine test, of a new high thrust engine, where he suggests that the test should be seen in the context of the North’s space, rather than missile, … Continue reading

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North Korea Tests New Rocket Engine: An Advancing Space Launch Programme?

North Korea has conducted a static ground test of what it bills as a new more powerful rocket engine. North Korea claims that the engine is indigenously designed and developed and has higher thrust than those tested hitherto. A lot … Continue reading

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Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review: Jumping the Gun on Russia’s Alleged INF Violation and Tailored Deterrence?

There are two points I would like to make regarding the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review. [image above is of (9M728 Iskander cruise missile] The first is on the NPR and the alleged Russian violation of the INF Treaty. The … Continue reading

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The Rationalist Manifesto of Colin McGinn

Colin McGinn, Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within, (Cambridge MA, MIT Press, 2015) Colin McGinn writes a nifty little book on rationalism, which I found to be a pleasurable and insightful read. McGinn mounts a strong case for rationalism, and being … Continue reading

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North Korea’s Barrage of 4 ER-Scuds Tit for Tat Response to US-South Korea Military Exercises.

As I am sure we all know North Korea launched 4 Extended Range Scud medium range ballistic missiles, with 3 landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The four missiles flew about 1000km, and reached an apogee of 250km. As David … Continue reading

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Thomas Nagel on the Naturalism of Daniel Dennett

Thomas Nagel, without question one of my favourite philosophers and writers, has a nifty review of Daniel Dennet’s latest work in The New York Review of Books. Nagel has written quite a few articles lately in the London and New … Continue reading

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W76-1/Mk4a Trident II Super Fuze and Strategic Stability

The fusing on the W76-1/Mk4a warhead for the Trident II SLBM played an important role in the argument of my Master’s thesis. Hans Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie and Ted Postol have an important, and richly detailed, article on the W761-1/Mk4a “super … Continue reading

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