Making Life Multi-planetary

A new paper from Elon Musk (written before the Falcon Heavy launch, but published this month) with lots of detail on the BFR.

“Our updated design leverages a smaller vehicle, still pretty big but a single vehicle that can do everything that’s needed for greater Earth orbit activity. Essentially we want to make our current vehicles redundant. We want to have one system—one booster and one ship—that replaces Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. If we can do that, then all the resources that are used for Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon can be applied to this system.”

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers

Among the Stars

“If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing.” — Elon Musk

Me too.

(The link should take you to 34:43 in the video. If it doesn’t, skip to there.)

Space Program

“The situation is truly ironic. With the success of Falcon Heavy, America could be poised right now for a breakthrough into space. The cash available is adequate. What is lacking is intelligent direction. We will never get to Mars if we allow our human-spaceflight program to be run as a random walk.”

Margaret Hamilton

Here’s a short video on Margaret Hamilton, whose software got Apollo to the Moon.

Margaret Hamilton who wrote Apollo spacecraft guidance software

Introducing Margaret Hamilton, Computer Scientist & Systems Engineer #WomenInSTEM

Posted by Stemettes on Monday, February 19, 2018