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If we build it, will they come?
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, February 4, 2008 - There are things that, once built, will draw people and create a large market, whether or not that was the intent. The Internet is a prime example. When first created at DARPA, I don't believe anyone involved fully understood where it would lead to by now. If they say they did, I won't believe them (with the exception of Al Gore).
- Space launch evolution and revolution
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, December 10, 2007 - If the next administration or two and the next several Congresses agree to continue developing the Constellation program as currently envisioned, the cost of lifting a person and cargo into orbit will not drop radically. A Falcon 9 launch from SpaceX is listed on their web site at a range of $35 to 55 million. This does not include the cost of using a Dragon capsule. This still leaves probably a minimum fare of at least $15 million per passenger when the cost of the capsule is included. The number of people willing to pay this price may not be enough to support a viable tourist industry.
- China and India want to play
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, December 3, 2007 - If Some recent reports have suggested that China and India are looking for ways to cooperate with the US and other nations in human spaceflight, including the ISS. Eric Hedman explores the ways such cooperation, despite various political pitfalls, could be beneficial for all involved.
- The fragility and resilience of NASA
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, August 6, 2007 - Recent problems have illustrated both the technical challenges facing NASA projects as well as the agency's public perception. Eric Hedman discusses why this makes NASA's new strategic communications efforts all the more important.
- The bombardment of Sheboygan
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, June 4, 2007 - What happens when you combine student-built rockets with windy weather? An interesting, but educational, experience for those who ventured to the shores of Lake Michigan last month.
- Bratwurst and cheeseheads and... rocket ships?
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, May 29, 2007 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin, isn't known as an aerospace center, yet some hope to develop a commercial spaceport there. Eric Hedman travels to Sheboygan to learn more about the long-term plans to create a spaceport on the shores of Lake Michigan.
- The Vision hits a bumpy road
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, April 30, 2007 - Stagnant budgets and technical concerns have put new stress on NASA's implementation on the Vision for Space Exploration. Eric Hedman argues that the solution is for the space community to advocate for an increased NASA budget.
- An interview with Congressman Sensenbrenner
By Eric R. Hedman, Monday, March 19, 2007 - Congressman James Sensenbrenner, former chairman of the House Science Committee, recently returned to the committee. Eric Hedman interviews the Wisconsin legislator on a variety of space-related issues.
- Why technology projects fail
NASA's DART mission is the latest example of a technology program at NASA that failed entirely or in part. Eric Hedman examines why technology programs in general fail, and what NASA can do to improve the odds of success in the future.
Monday, May 16, 2005
The Vision for Space Exploration needs transformational technology
NASA's current space exploration plans rely largely on incremental improvements to existing technologies. Eric R. Hedman argues that both NASA and commercial space ventures would be better served by the incorporation of advanced "transformational" technologies.
Monday, March 14, 2005