Tag Archives: Stanley Kubrick

A Breathless Survey of Strategic Air Command (SAC) History


During the latter 1940s, although some demobilization took place after World War II, the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union precipitated the creation of a strategic force that could strike an enemy with nuclear weapons anywhere … Continue reading

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Early Ideas of Space Tourism


Beginning at least in the 1960s expectations of space tourism have been the “stuff” of space activism. To date, however, the prospect for broad, sustainable space tourism remains a dream. I would argue that much of the boosterism in the … Continue reading

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A Short History of USAF’s Strategic Air Command in the Cold War


During the latter 1940s, although some demobilization took place after World War II, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union precipitated the creation of a strategic force that could strike an enemy with nuclear weapons anywhere … Continue reading

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Remembering Fred Ordway (1927-2014)


I drink a toast today to a fine gentleman, a gentle man, Frederick I. Ordway III, who passed away last week at the age of 87. Many in the space community know and counted as a good friend Fred. He was … Continue reading

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The Long Path to Space Tourism


Despite its recent visibility in the United States with the efforts of Virgin Galactic to build a suborbital vehicle, space tourism is hardly a recent concept. Mention of the idea goes back to the beginning of the twentieth century, and … Continue reading

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A Meaning for “2001: A Space Odyssey” Beyond 2001


It is virtually a necessity for those who claim to be human spaceflight supporters to embrace the message of the famous 1968 film by Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I remember when I first saw it as a teenager … Continue reading

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