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News Archive / Author: Nelson Bridwell

Nelson Bridwell is an automation engineer with a long history of following anything that involves space exploration. He has posted editorials and content on an array of space news websites including Aviation Week and Space Technology and Space News. Bridwell, impressed by the quality level of SpaceFlight Insider's content contributes on occasion via commentaries and other postings.

Articles By Nelson Bridwell

  • SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System: The beginning of Mars colonization

    October 7th, 2016

    On Sept. 27, at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC), SpaceX outlined the design of a new spacecraft that could be used to establish a significant human presence on Mars within several decades.

  • SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter: Rumors and Realities

    January 18th, 2016

    For more than a decade, SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk has been hinting at the eventual development of a super-heavy lift launch vehicle and accompanying spacecraft that can economically transport 100 metric tons (220,462 lbs) of cargo or 100 people to the surface of Mars.

  • Opinion: To be or not to be? Mankind’s exodus to the stars

    January 25th, 2015

    Today, Earth is a very accommodating and hospitable place for us to live. Temperatures are just about right. There is more than enough oxygen for us to breathe. Pure drinking water falls from the skies. Food grows on trees. For what more could we ask?

  • Opinion: The Myopia Problem

    October 12th, 2013

    It is the year 3013, one thousand years into the future. Looking up into the night sky, you see a crescent Moon that is crisscrossed by a sparkling web of city lights. Millions of people are routinely working, living, and playing on the Moon. Billions live on Mars.