February 26, 2014
I wanted to point out a couple of articles that I find great reads this week.
The first article is over at Ars Technica and is a “what if” there could have been a rescue of the Shuttle Columbia.
The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA’s finest hour.
The second is about new opportunities in Space and is over at The Space Review and is entitled:
Rocket science on a shoestring
February 6, 2014
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February 5, 2014
Posted by rocketry under Daily Journals
Upcoming Mars spacecraft will need powerful chutes to slow them down on descent. In previous test wind tunnels were used. The test applies the correct aerodynamic force to a parachute that is too large to fit in any existing wind tunnel.
Unfortunately the parachute does tear but thats why we test.
February 4, 2014
Everyone is talking about a few photos snapped of a Falcon 9 with landing legs at the McGregor testing facility. No not the Grasshopper. Well perhaps Grasshopper 2 or 1.1 or even F9R. See the comparison to Grasshopper below.
new snapshot shown beside the Grasshopper for comparison
photo credit: Jim Howard
F9 Sprouts Legs (click to enlarge)
These are the legs we saw on the floor at the SpaceX facility last year
click to enlarge – image tweeted by May 2013 Elon Musk
These are the retractable/extendable legs.
Will an upcoming flight sport the new legs?
Hopefully we will here more from SpaceX on this soon. Stay tuned.
January 28, 2014
Check out this over at Gizmodo. Someone turned a Quad copter into a launch platform.
January 23, 2014
Masten’s Xombie takes a wild ride using JPL’s G-FOLD divert alogrithm.G-FOLD, which stands for Fuel Optimal Large Divert Guidance Algorithm, enables a rocket to select an alternate landing site, autonomously. This flight took place at Mohave Air & Space Port in Mojave, Calif. in September of 2013