Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Comment to Mr. Wayne Hale's Blog (Double Indemnity)


I'm not sure if my comment will be posted. It might, but just in case, here is what I had to say about his most recent blog article Double Indemnity...

In most respects I see your point, but where I separate is the notion that companies like Boeing, Lockheed, etc. are genuinely considered "private" companies. They are government contractors, nothing more. They don't build and sell products or services to the general public, at least not that I'm aware of. Their entire business model relies on the American tax payer, not the global consumer.

The New Space (Commercial) movement has one main goal in mind, to make space available to almost everyone, much like the airline industry makes travel around the world available to almost everyone. With this initiative, the target market is not the government, but average everyday people who deserve the opportunity to go into space, something that is currently restricted to specially appointed people as so deemed worthy by the government, or those with significantly deep pockets to pay for a space tourist ride on their own (and that's Russia doing it, not us).

The history lesson of air mail is justifiable and worthy if we don't learn from past mistakes and repeat the idiocy that was rampant then. I find it hard to believe we'd let the Commercial Space Industry fall on its face, because too many dollars and too much is at stake. Proper regulation, mixed with proper incentives and growth capability, is what will allow the private sector to assume control of the space from LEO to the Moon.

Let NASA and other governments focus on beyond, until the private industry catches and passes them of course.

1 comment:

Norman Copeland said...

This is an example of common peoples interest...

Re: Stars in NYC ?

Hi ChykyMunky, and to the forums.

I live down in New Jersey, close to (but not on) the shore. The atmosphere has been exceptionally transparent on 18th - 20th and has coincided with a (mostly) new Moon. Typically, humidity, thin haze, and so forth in the atmosphere reflects the skyglow back down to Earth and washes out the stars. This is a property of the atmosphere that astronomers call "transparency". When you get a night where the air is dry and clear, you can see more stars (there is nothing for the light to reflect back from).

Is it possible it happens more than I notice?
It happens more in the Winter, I think. When you get these cold fronts coming down from Canada in the Winter they bring clear dry, albeit cold air. Summer is usually humid, hence, more skyglow, but you do occasionally get crisp clear nights.

Because for the first time in the 8yrs Ive been living here the skies were black and there were so many stars.
I've been into amateur astronomy for almost 2 years now, and I've noticed good transparent nights perhaps dozens of times in that time, and exceptionally transparent nights perhaps a dozen times. It's tricky because you really notice it when you get exceptional transparency in the atmosphere with no Moon, and it gets really dark, as was the case recently.

Hope this answered your question.