Hey, space peeps. First off, a couple of much needed corrections from last week’s issue. As Ryan
suggests, the SpaceX hardware that Elon said might be doing ‘short up and down flights’ next year was likely not the entire BFR, but rather the upper stage ‘BFS
’ component, or possibly even a scale version of it. Still a lot we don’t know. More embarrassingly, I spelled Stephen Hawking’s name wrong. Sincere apologies. Don’t worry Joost… you’ve only got 18 subscribers so far!
I shamelessly messaged a few people doing the space news thing a lot better than me, and the consensus seems to be to try and keep the newsletter a bit shorter. This one doesn’t have quite as many stories, but that’s mainly because there weren’t as many as in the past couple of weeks. One thing I’d like to keep find room for is those smaller, inspirational Mars stories about school projects
and small businesses
playing their part in Mars education and exploration. Plenty of room at the space game.
Speaking of conferences, isn’t it awfully convenient of Jeff Bezos to have a conference called MARS
, when it’s not actually about our favorite Red Planet (yet)? He’s been pretty quiet about any Blue Origin’s plans beyond Earth orbit so far, leaving the ambitious visions (and bold talk) to Musk.
PS: Pleased to see someone else starting a weekly Mars newsletter too! Have a look at Aspiring Martians
, and subscribe to theirs.