And they aren’t astronauts (yet)

Hillary Coe dressed in a space suit for an analog Mars mission
Hillary Coe dressed in a space suit for an analog Mars mission
Hillary Coe during a mission at the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) | Credit

As children we are extremely aware of the grand dream to become an astronaut — it was one of the first things I wanted to be when I grew up and the same can be said for so many others around the world. But realistically, the chances of becoming an astronaut have always been incredibly slim. Up until now— as commercial space capabilities are rapidly expanding — the only gateway to space was to be chosen as a government-selected astronaut for a national space agency. In 2016, NASA received over 18,000 applications. 12 were selected. …

In this edition of FIELD OF STREAMS, our guest Samantha Falcucci presents female astronauts in the 1960s, human error behind the Challenger disaster, and a Tesla launched to Mars

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How Microsoft is investing in a rapidly expanding satellite industry

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Anywhere between 12,000–50,000 satellites may be launched in the next ten years. The cost to launch has greatly decreased thanks to rideshare services like SpaceX while the cost to operationalize these satellites has not — to keep up with the satellite boom, things will need to change on the ground as well. Once in orbit, a satellite’s journey has only just begun. It connects back to a physical ground station where signals are uplinked, data is downlinked, and overall monitoring is performed. These facilities are critical to the longevity of a satellite but requiring manpower, a secure physical infrastructure, and…

How to see the ISS from your backyard (and don’t forget to wave)

International Space Station over the Mediterranean Sea | Credit: SpaceCraftEarth

Though I consider myself to be a proud resident of the greatest city in the world, I’ve spent much of the pandemic about two hours west in the middle of the New Jersey woods. While growing up in this area I spent my teenage years eagerly anticipating adulthood when I could venture out of the countryside — but with all the golden wisdom adulthood has bestowed upon me, I’ve now come to realize that I may have taken the starry qualities of my hometown for granted. Looking up in the middle of a clear summer night is an astronomy dream…

What on Earth could SpaceX be doing with them?

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Two old oil rigs have been spotted in South Texas sporting giant name tags that just so happen to be the same names as Martian moons. Who other than Elon Musk would be behind such an acquisition?

SpaceX is refurbishing two former oil drilling rigs near their Brownsville, TX site and Mississippi. Aptly named Deimos and Phobos after Mars’ two moons, these future spaceports may be our terminals to deep space. Musk first revealed his vision for offshore launch and landing facilities in 2017 in it’s “Earth to Earth” plan —…

NASA can’t play space God forever

NASA Certifies First Commercial Human Spaceflight System — Commercial Crew Program

In 2020 the SpaceX Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft certified to transport humans to and from the International Space Station through NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. It took nearly 40 years, since the first Space Shuttle, for a new spacecraft to be NASA-certified for regular flights with astronauts. Space has been government-led, sourced, and funded — until the last decade when entrepreneurial leaders like Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX exploded onto the scene. They’re building their own spacecraft and government space agencies are using them because they’re cheaper than what they can build themselves. Our ability to source…

SpaceX fails, analog astronauts, and how we’ll live on Mars.

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A book about the modern space industry can become significantly outdated within a year. Thanks to the commercial space industry, achievements have become frequent and stagnancy is a thing of the 2011-Shuttle-retirement past. As my spark for space exploration reignited this past year, I had a lot of catching up to do. The following books refreshed my knowledge on how space exploration has ebbed and flowed in the last decade and set the stage for understanding our future goals on the Moon and Mars.

Rocket Billionaires by Tim Fernholz chronicles the last decade of competition, boldness, and innovation by emerging…

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Congratulations. You made it to 2021 and thus deserve a quick meditative breath and pat on the back.

It hardly went unnoticed that some people chose to spend the last nine months on some sort of self-development overdrive, never hesitating to pass the time indoors documenting their activities and achievements on social media. While others, perhaps more ungracefully weaving through the day to day of unpredictable emotional, financial and physical hardships, spent this year quite simply just trying to survive. So maybe you weren’t eager to do the push up challenge in March or adopting a dog was the most…

Samantha Falcucci

Technology professional and mentor in NYC. Training to be an analog astronaut. Space and ocean exploration enthusiast.

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