Space-based solar power is not a thing (2019)

This post is part of a series on common misconceptions in space journalism. It’s also part of the sub-series on space resources, and why commercial exploitation of space resources is less ine… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 10 days ago

So you want to build a carbon capture company

Would you like to win one hundred million bucks from Elon Musk? Carbon capture (CC) is all the rage these days, with dozens of companies springing up to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and help stab… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 10 days ago

Lunar Starship and unnecessary operational complexity

This blog addresses the question of how SpaceX’s Starship could be used to ferry people and cargo to and from the Moon under a variety of different situations. It follows on from previous pos… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 month ago

SLS: What Now?

“Okay, wise guy, the SLS hasn’t turned out, everyone knows that, what do we do now?” Quoth some person on the internet. This blog is a followup to my previous post on the SLS and … | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 2 months ago

NASA's Space Launch System: is cancellation too good?

The SLS axiomatically cannot provide good value to the US taxpayer. In that regard it has already failed, regardless of whether it eventually manages to limp to orbit with a Falcon Heavy payload or… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 2 months ago

(not) to measure progress in science

I’m a bit late to the party but I’ve been enjoying some Collison podcast backlog and realized I had more to say about the “diminishing returns of science” trope that does the rounds from time to ti… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 3 months ago

Biological data storage – Casey Handmer's blog

Just a quick note on some probably unoriginal ideas I had about categorizing biological data storage methods. While it’s important to note that these are listed in roughly the order of their … | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 4 months ago

The future of electricity is local – Casey Handmer's blog

I frequently read about proposals for new solar power developments where the resulting power is moved great distances to less sunny places, such as northern Europe from the Sahara, the US North Eas… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 4 months ago

Supersonic Electric Flight

This post is inspired by the recent press release about the Rolls Royce Accel, an experimental electric aircraft being built to attempt the electric speed record. Close friends know I’ve been… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 5 months ago

The Case for Space Stations

Part of my series on countering common misconceptions in space journalism. Previously I’ve written about how practical space station size is limited due to non-obvious problems with modularit… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 6 months ago

Starlink Packet Routing

Part of my series countering common misconceptions in space journalism. This blog is a follow on to my original post on Starlink. Starlink is an emerging high performance satellite-based internet r… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 7 months ago

The Program 2020

As in, Get With The Program, or Where the World Economy is Going. An update on my earlier post on the topic. Muscle power was the only source of mechanical work until the industrial revolution. Ste… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 11 months ago

Even the Dirt Is Poisonous

Part of my series on countering misconceptions in space journalism. NASA’s incredible campaign of rovers and landers have taught us amazing things about the Martian environment. Just in my li… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Don’t Stage Off Starship

Part of my series on countering misconceptions in space journalism. The SpaceX Starship is a game changer for space exploration. It is intended to be far bigger, cheaper, versatile, and available t… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

What would it be like to work on Mars?

“[People and robots] wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” Part of my… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Oh no, space capitalists are coming

Part of the series on countering misconceptions in space journalism. A timely reminder that this blog features only my own lousy opinions, but presented in the spirit of asking useful questions, pr… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Domes Are Over-Rated

Part of my series on common misconceptions in space journalism. It is an unwritten rule of space journalism that any article about Moon or Mars bases needs to have a conceptual drawing of habitatio… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Atmospheres and Terraforming – Casey Handmer's Blog

I have been meaning to write a blog about terraforming for many years, but the recent controversy (thanks Elon) about some exciting MAVEN results is the perfect opportunity. MAVEN, or Mars Atmosphe… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Starlink Is a Big Deal

Part of my series countering misconceptions in space journalism. Starlink, SpaceX’s plan to serve internet via tens of thousands of satellites, is a staple in the space press, with articles a… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Are modular space stations cost effective?

Part of my series on countering misconceptions in space journalism. In my previous blog, Unpopular Opinions In Space, I wrote that while expensive, developing a bigger rocket is often a cheaper and… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

The SpaceX Starship is a big deal

Part of my series on common misconceptions in space journalism. SpaceX has been working on some variant of the Big Falcon Rocket for almost a decade, with a publicly announced architecture for thre… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Space is full of radiation, and why I’m not worried

Part of my series on common misconceptions in space journalism. “With no magnetic field, Mars has no defense against harsh solar radiation. If I were exposed to it, I’d get so much cancer, the canc… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Caltech astrophysics and harassment: Lessons learned

Caltech astrophysics and harassment: Lessons learned Casey Handmer 2019 What is this? In the wake of major catastrophes, it is common practice for organizations to publish a “Lessons Learned” repor… | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 1 year ago

Working Title: Bombard All the Planets (2018)

This is Falcon Heavy. It costs $90m. For a mere $1b a year, or about 4% of NASA’s budget, we could launch it to every planet in every launch window. And that’s before the bulk discount. This … | Continue reading


@caseyhandmer.wordpress.com | 2 years ago