The Space Launch System and the Copernican Principle

September 11, 2017 Mbeljac 0

There has been a trifecta of very recent news regarding the Space Launch System, which I almost missed given the frenetic activity associated with North Korea’s strategic nuclear programmes. NASA reports that a full scale model of the core of the Space Launch System, key to a future manned Mars […]

Soyuz versus Hwasong 14 Exhaust Plume

July 30, 2017 Mbeljac 0

This is cool. Just some nerd fun. Check out the first video. This shows a launch of the Russian Soyuz space launch vehicle, the old workhorse of the Soviet and Russian space programme. It’s lineage goes all the way back to the R7 Semyorka, the first Soviet ICBM and the […]

Iran’s Simorgh Rocket Test and the JCPOA

July 28, 2017 Mbeljac 0

By now I am sure we have seen coverage of Iran’s flight test of the Simorgh Space launch Vehicle. Initial reports suggested that Iran launched a satellite into Earth orbit, but that was most certainly not the case. The Simorgh flight test was reportedly successful although some reports I’ve seen, […]

US Air Force Boosts Space Another Star to Boot Down US Space Corps

May 21, 2017 Mbeljac 0

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the onset of the space age following the launch of Sputnik by the USSR in October 1957. The United States, certainly the Eisenhower administration, welcomed Sputnik because it set an important precedent, namely free navigation in space. Washington welcomed this because it gave the […]

The Soviet Space Programme and Citizen Science

May 13, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Asif Siddiqi, The Red Rockets’ Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination 1857-1957, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010). October 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, so we’re in for a lot of coverage and discussion as the date nears especially given that we may well be on […]