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Proposed Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society” Course, Fall 2013


I am the instructor for a course at Johns Hopkins University in the Fall 2013 semester with the title, “Spaceflight and Society.” I taught this class in the fall of 2011 as well and had a great time doing it, … Continue reading

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Octave Chanute and the Fostering of Flight


I have long been interested in Octave Chanute (1832-1910), whose fingerprints were all over every serious effort, and some that were not so serious, to fly between about 1890 and his death in 1910.  Not that he was the leader … Continue reading

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“Lost and Gone Forever”? Clementine and the Blending of Civilian and Military Space Science


I have been working on a study of the Clementine program, a lunar orbiter that flew in 1994. Here is the abstract for this study. I would welcome any thoughts about it. In the early 1990s, just as the Cold … Continue reading

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How Do Space Activities Contribute to Our Daily Lives?


I was recently asked this question, how do space activities contribute to our daily lives? I must confess that I have been asked it many times previously. Virtually every time this question is asked, however, it is because the person … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Robot: The Life Story of a Technology”


The Robot: The Life Story of a Technology. By Lisa Nocks. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. For those seeking a general overview of the evolution of the robot in human history, “The Robot: The Life Story of a … Continue reading

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The Federal Government and the Development of Aerospace Technology


Since 1903, the United States has spent hundreds of billions of dollars developing aerospace technology, on the management of the infrastructure necessary to support its operations, and on the military and other practical applications that it affords. Accordingly, through a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the NACA Model for Technology Transfer


I published this week an op-ed in Space News entitled “The NACA Model for Technology Transfer.” In this piece I laid out the manner in which the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) approached the issue of deciding, developing, and … Continue reading

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Prizes and the Stimulation of Space Innovation and Achievement


In December 2010 I posted a blog on “The Power of Aerospace Prizes for Innovation.” I suggested, along with an historical discussion of how these prizes have worked in aviation, that “There is considerable evidence of prizes have stimulated designers … Continue reading

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Ad Astra! The Lemelson Center/NASA Space History Division Innovation in Space Symposium


Mark your calendars for November 18-19, 2011, when the National Museum of American History’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the Division of Space History of the National Air and Space Museum will co-sponsor a completely … Continue reading

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Soviet Vostok Spacecraft up for Auction


This has been an on-going issue for quite a while, but the proposed sale by Southeby’s of the Vostok 3KA-2 spacecraft that was used as the final testbed for Yuri Gagarin’s April 12, 1961, flight raises the issue once again. … Continue reading

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