A former resident talks about SpaceX’s plans for—and construction of—their own commercial spaceport near Brownsville, Texas. Pretty interesting to read about the social and economic collision that is happening straight from someone with great perspective on it. The new spaceport will be launching Falcon 9 and Heavy, and presumably the insanely huge Mars rocket—often called the Mars Colonial Transporter—that SpaceX is due to unveil in September.
A good bit of insight into the changes going on over at ULA that I had not heard before. I still have concerns about the roadmap to get Vulcan up and operating, but there are clearly some good strides being taken to get there.
SpaceX had a great night launching the CRS-9 mission, and it’s all good signs for their future. The Senate hearing, as I predicted, was focused on maintaining the status quo. US and Russian engineers and scientists have some ideas on the future of international space policy.