Carnival of Space 569

The Carnival of Space 569 is up at Urban Astronomer.

Planetaria – Enceladus’ water plumes contain life clues

New analysis shows that the plumes also contain much more complex organics. This doesn’t mean evidence of life itself – yet – but it more clearly shows that Enceladus’ ocean meets all the requirements for life to exist.

This does not mean that life has been discovered on Enceladus. But it does mean that the conditions for life may exist there, in the moon’s subsurface ocean.

The Hill – Deterring World War III with Trump’s Space Force

Morgan Stanley suggests that the creation of a Space Force will enable a trillion-dollar economy beyond the Earth. The theory is that a new, space-faring branch of the military will increase spending on crucial technologies. However, the analysis seems to miss one salient point. A powerful Space Force would keep the peace in the heavens, thus ensuring that its commercial development will continue unimpeded by war.

Nextbigfuture – Elon Musk SpaceX BFR and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin are targeting fully reusable rockets.

The reusable rocket age should have started in the 1980s. However, cost-plus contracts and political bureaucracy split manufacturing of the space shuttle into 50 states. The plan was for space shuttle flights to happen once a week and for the cost to be $5 million instead of the $1+ billion that they did cost.

There has been a 40-year delay to the fully reusable rocket age.

Elon and Jeff are aware of the history of commercial air travel as bigger and more efficient planes developed from the 1920s to today.

Elon with the BFR will be leaping the reusable rocket age to the equivalent of the 1950s or 1960s in commercial aviation. The BFR could bring the cost per launch down to $5 million.

Nextbigfuture – Gateway Foundation Spaceport envisions large scale space construction

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