Two Space Links

I like reading about space topics in general, but I’m particularly interested in issues related to open source software and alternative energy. I recently came across information about each of these that I wanted to share.

This article mostly talks about the free and open source software that is used by NASA in its missions and on the ground. There is a little information about NASA contributing bug fixes and features back to the community, but the article explains that this often runs counter to existing government contracting rules.

This blog is part of a National Security Space Office study on the feasibility of space solar power. This concept has been looked at several times in the past, but there are big challenges with the technology. There are big potential payoffs though, so it is certainly something to take seriously. I did some research on this a few years ago and wrote Whatever happened to solar power satellites?

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