Space Review Looks at Falcon 9, Space Solar Power and Apes

SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)

The Space Review looks at Falcon 9, solar power, British space policy, and apes.

The Falcon 9 flies

Jeff Foust reports on the successful test flight of SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 rocket and its implications for industry and policy.

Blinded by the light

Like some other 1970s fads, space solar power (SSP) has enjoyed a comeback in the last few years. Dwayne Day contrasts the attention, or lack thereof, SSP received at a pair of recent conferences.


Breaking old habits

A new coalition government has taken power in the UK shortly after the formal establishment of a national space agency. Andrew Weston hopes the new government will take the opportunity to revisit some long-held opposition to efforts such as launch vehicle development and human spaceflight.

Return to the Planet of the Apes

A speech by NASA administrator Charles Bolden at a recent space conference was interrupted by a woman protesting NASA’s plans to perform experiments on monkeys. Dwayne Day wonders if that was really an effective way to get their point across.