Category Archives: Space

Elon To SpaceX Employees

“Starship is the top priority.

I think he feels pretty confident now that his situation with NASA is secure. And it probably is. They really have no choice going forward, at least until Boeing is flying, and even then they will want to have two systems, because they know that the notion of using Orion for ISS support is farcical.

[Update Monday morning]

[Tuesday-afternoon update]

More thoughts and SpaceX news from Bob Zimmerman.

Yes, NASA’s willingness to accept used rockets and capsules is a huge sea change.

[Bumped]

Shackleton

We watched a documentary about the expedition last night. I was struck for the first time by the parallels with Apollo 13: A near disaster from which they recovered only through ingenuity and endurance (the ship was aptly named).

I only mentioned him in the book in terms of the probably apocryphal ad in the Times of London. If I ever do a new edition, I’ll probably talk more about that, as I did with Magellan.