I strive to keep Space Thoughts on substantive topics, but I will digress for this occasion. Jeff Burney, who is a Freelance editorial cartoonist and illustrator in Ottawa, Canada created an editorial comic illustrating Senator John McCain’s fight against the RD-180 rocket engine. I do have respect for Senator McCain, and this cartoon does not […]Read more "A great illustration of Senator McCain’s battle against the RD-180"
The hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 27, 2016 did not disappoint. Senator McCain came out strong against Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall with what can be characterized as a verbal flogging. Doubtless, Senator McCain is doubly […]Read more "Thoughts on the RD-180, Senator McCain and Unicorns"
The war against the use of the RD-180 is one being waged on the political battlefield and not exclusively in the arena of national security. The engine, which is part of the Atlas V configuration, has reliably provided assured access to space for going on a decade with over fifty successful launches. The unique technology […]Read more "Opening Thoughts: The RD-180 Ban is More About Politics Than National Security"