It’s a new week, we’re dead in the middle of Southern Hemisphere winter, so let’s settle in for the 569th Carnival of Space! Every week, writers and journalists who write about space science and astronomy send their most recent work to the Carnival of Space, and each week a new publisher hosts the carnival to show off their work. This week we have seven articles from three sources, which you’ll find listed below. If you’d like to contribute to the Carnival of Space, just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know whether you’d like to share an article, or host a carnival.
Next Big Future
- There are about 500 black holes with orbiting stars and tens of thousands of isolated black holes in the Milky Way galaxy
- Gateway Foundation Spaceport envisions large-scale space construction
- Making great Star Wars movies
- 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.