June 27, 2010
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June 26, 2010
I’m drooling…What a great design…
I’ve got to get to work on an LPR version of this. What do you think?
“This supersonic cruise concept is among the designs presented in April 2010 to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate for its NASA Research Announcement-funded studies into advanced aircraft that could enter service in the 2030-2035 timeframe.” -NASA
June 25, 2010
Launch Photo from this weeks RockOn! launch at Wallops
June 21, 2010
Senator John Glenn is weighing in on the future of manned spaceflight.
“These are critical days for the future of Manned Space Flight. Conflicting views and advice come to the President and Congress from every quarter in the aerospace and science communities. There is good reason for the concern.
Full Statement is here at SpaceRef
June 18, 2010
UPDATE: Live Broadcast of Launch
2010 RockOn Recipe:
Put together 80 Students and Professors
and a 35 ft tall rocket
Mix together and launch on June 24th from Wallops Island
Here is a video wrap-up of the 2009 RockOn
The 2010 workshop is set to begin on June 19th with launch scheduled June 24th (backup launch date of June 25th)
“The 80 workshop participants will build standardized experiments that will fly on a NASA Terrier-Orion suborbital sounding rocket set to launch between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT on June 24. The 35-foot-tall rocket is expected to fly to an altitude of 75 miles. After launch and payload recovery, the participants will conduct preliminary data analysis and discuss their results.” -NASA
June 15, 2010
G.I.R.D. (Gruppa Izucheniya Reaktivhogo Dvizheniya) translated “Group for the Investigation of Reactive Motion”
GIRD was the world’s first large professional rocketry program. It was started on September 15th 1931 as a bureau in the Soviet Union. Fridrikh Tsander gave up his job and devoted himself to the group’s formation. The goal was to create a efficient working rocket engine. The group adopted the slogan “Onward to Mars, onward to Mars!” – A slogan that would be useful today. The group consisted of 4 brigades each headed by brilliant Soviet researchers. The group included:
Fridrikh Tsander – 1st brigade (rocket engine research)
Mikhail Tikhonravov -2nd brigade (rocket engine research)
Yuri Pobedonostsev – 3rd brigade (ramjet research)
Sergey Korolev – 4th brigade (rocket plane research)
Tsander inspired the group until his untimely death of Typhus in 1933.
June 14, 2010
UPDATE: Great launch !
here is the video
Liftoff is scheduled for 5:35 pm EDT on June 15th 2010. You can view the launch live on NASA TV.
4 p.m. (EDT)- Video Feed of the ISS Expedition 24 Crew Final Prelaunch Activities in Baikonur, Kazakhstan – JSC (Public and Media Channels)
4:45 p.m. (EDT)- ISS Expedition 24 Launch Coverage (launch scheduled at 5:35 p.m. EDT, followed by launch replays) – JSC/Baikonur (Public and Media Channels)
June 4, 2010
Today, a private company successfully launched their Falcon 9 spacecraft into orbit!
Congratulations to SpaceX.
The mock Dragon capsule on this test flight is scheduled to enter a 155 mile orbit and orbit for about 1 year before burning up in the atmosphere.
Wow! just Wow!
June 1, 2010
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UPDATE: Wow just Wow.Successful launch!!!
just off the wire….
“SpaceX is now targeting Friday, June 4th for its first test launch attempt of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
The primary schedule driver for the first Falcon 9 test launch has been certification of the flight termination system (FTS). The FTS ensures that Air Force Range safety officials can command the destruction of the vehicle should it stray from its designated flight path.
The successful liftoff of the recent GPS satellite launch last Thursday freed up the necessary Range resources to process our final documentation, and we are now looking good for final approval of the FTS by this Friday, June 4th, just in time for our first launch attempt.
Today we completed end to end testing of the Falcon 9 as required by the Air Force Range and everything was nominal. Later this evening, we will finish final system connections for the FTS. Tomorrow we plan to rollout in the morning, and erect the vehicle in the afternoon. On Friday, the targeted schedule is as follows:
Friday 4 June 2010
Launch Window Opens: 11:00 AM Eastern / 8:00 AM Pacific / 1500 UTC
Launch window lasts 4 hours. SpaceX has also reserved a second launch day on Saturday 5 June, with the same hours.
As always, weather will play a significant role in our overall launch schedule. The weather experts at the Cape are giving us a 40% chance of “no go” conditions for both days of our window, citing the potential for cumulus clouds and anvil clouds from thunderstorms.
If the weather cooperates, SpaceX will provide a live webcast of the launch events, presently scheduled to begin 20 minutes prior to the opening of the launch window. Click here to visit our webcast page which will also be accessible from our home page the day of launch.
It’s important to note that since this is a test launch, our primary goal is to collect as much data as possible, with success being measured as a percentage of how many flight milestones we are able to complete in this first attempt. It would be a great day if we reach orbital velocity, but still a good day if the first stage functions correctly, even if the second stage malfunctions. It would be a bad day if something happens on the launch pad itself and we’re not able to gain any flight data.
If we have a bad day, it will be disappointing, but one launch does not make or break SpaceX as a company, nor commercial spaceflight as an industry. The Atlas rocket only succeeded on its 13th flight, and today it is the most reliable vehicle in the American fleet, with a record better than Shuttle.
Regardless of the outcome, this first launch attempt represents a key milestone for both SpaceX and the commercial spaceflight industry. Keep in mind the launch dates and times are still subject to change, so please check the webcast page above for updates to this schedule. We appreciate your ongoing support and we hope you will tune in on launch day.” -SPACEX