(The latest installment in an on-going series, this post will recount relevant space news that you may have missed while out enjoying your weekend. It's not an exhaustive list--to get that, I recommend clicking through to the blogs in our blogroll--but it should contain the highlights, as least as I see them.)
This week's weekend roundup is a bit late. For those of you not in the USA, a quick explanation: yesterday was nominally a holiday for workers here in the USA. I say "nominally" because I actually spent much of the day finishing and editing a paper for the upcoming International Astronautical Congress... but I can't complain, as it was a wonderful weekend with beautiful weather and great company.
On to the roundup:
- One of the pieces in this week's edition of the Space Review, entitled Market romanticism and the outlook for private space development, makes for a good complement to some of the themes touched upon in my recent recap of panel from the DC-X reunion. Folks interested in the potential future Ocean X PRIZE we've long discussed may be interested in Dwayne Day's article in the same edition; COTS-D fanatics will want to read Taylor Dinerman's.
- NGLLC team Unreasonable Rocket held a good static test this weekend. I'm hoping to visit some of the other NGLLC teams this week while in California, so stay tuned to the Launch Pad: hopefully I'll be able to post pictures, et cetera.
- If you enjoyed the Luna Philosophie on the question of "Who Owns the Moon?" you'll probably want to read this piece from the New York Times.
- Our friends down in Florida are happy to hear some good news about the forecast for a potential future spaceport near Jacksonville. I had a chance to go to Cecil Field a while back; it's a cool place, and I think it might be really useful for some companies and groups.
- Students from both the SSP and the MSS/MSM classes at ISU graduated. Kudos to all of them--and stay tuned for more about one of the SSP team projects.
Lastly, I'd like to cheat a bit and sneak in news from this morning: