What matters is not who does it first, but who does it best, and why they’re doing it.
The movie trailer has been released.
I personally know almost everyone in that trailer (you can see a young Eric Drexler on the extreme right of the MIT mass-driver team). I’m supposedly in the film (I was interviewed for it).
Bob Zimmerman has a post up about today’s planned flight.
If it happens, it will have happened on the 35th anniversary of the loss of Challenger, and on my birthday.
[Update a few minutes later]
Looks like winds are too high, so they’ll miss the anniversary.
Well, it looks like they are going to try today. They’re loading propellant, but there seems to be an FAA issue.
Well, here‘s what we know so far.
…from Lori Garver (for whom it is first hand) and Michael Sheetz. Here‘s a sample chapter.
Laura Montgomery reviews it. He gave me a draft when he was writing it, on which I provided some comments.
I did a Twitter thread.
Marina Koren watched the movie (she was probably a little kid in Russia when it first came out) for the first time.
I keep hearing the phrase “the new normal.” I think I’ll write about why we haven’t had a normal for a couple centuries. With technological change, we’ve always had societal change.
Hard to believe it’s the half-century anniversary.