SpaceX has published the video of the F9 landing:
July 22, 2014
SpaceX has published the video of the F9 landing:
July 17, 2014
Ever since I saw the Apple ad in which model rockets are launched by an iPhone I have been in search for the app and hardware information.
Well thanks to MAKE and this brilliant kid the method has been found. I just happen to have a Raspberry Pi lying around. Link to Make article Here
July 16, 2014
June 25, 2014
“With our proprietary high-altitude balloons, World View offers an accessible, affordable way to access nearspace. As a Voyager, you will enjoy a suborbital spaceflight unlike any other. Gently floating up into nearspace with World View, Voyagers now have the unique opportunity to experience what space philosopher and writer Frank White calls the “Overview Effect,” the unexpected emotional reaction and unparalleled perspective-shift that comes from seeing our planet suspended in space.” – World View Enterprises
World View had a successful high-altitude test flight of a 10% scale model on Tuesday.
Tycho(the test vehicle) flew to an altitude of 120,000 feet, descended, and then parafoiled to earth from 50,000 feet. This set a record for highest parafoil flight.
June 20, 2014
UPDATE: Launch currently scheduled for Sunday, June 22 at 5:30 pm ET
Orbcomm OG2 is scheduled for launch today. The launch window opens at 6:08pm EDT.
The ORBCOMM OG2 mission will launch six OG2 satellites, the first six of a series of OG2 satellites launching on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle.
But of course everyone is waiting to see the landing attempt…
” the light payload leaves more room for fuel, and gives us fuel for what we are most excited about here: the landing attempt. The excess fuel will be used for a landing like this one, except this will be over water. A landing attempt was successfully executed in the last flight as well (the rocket came to a halt over the ocean’s surface before taking a swim). Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the footage returned from that landing was shaky at best; though efforts to repair the returned footage have been quite impressive. This attempt will be happening significantly closer to shore AND with far superior recovery ships in the area. Though the stage certainly won’t be in flying shape, chances are looking pretty good that we will see humanity’s first-ever recovered flyback stage!” -user Ambiwlans at Reddit
this weeks landing test. Check out the Grid Fins!
May 29, 2014
Morpheus Flight 14 at night.
Youtube copy: “The Morpheus/ALHAT team successfully completed Free Flight 14 (FF14) at the KSC SLF on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Bravo’s 12th and ALHAT’s 5th free flight — and the first ever night flight. Initial data indicated nominal performance of all vehicle systems. The ALHAT Hazard Detection System (HDS) performed well, but identified a safe site just 0.5 m outside the conservatively established limits around the center of the landing pad. ALHAT then navigated the vehicle in closed-loop mode through the entire approach, with the vehicle taking over navigation during the descent phase of the trajectory when ALHAT was already dead-reckoning. Had less conservative position error limits allowed ALHAT to continue to navigate to landing, the vehicle still would have landed safely on the pad.
The team overcame a few preflight issues, including a failed ignition due to a non-critical temperature limit exceedance, which was corrected for the successful second attempt.”
May 19, 2014
April 18, 2014
Gerhard Zucker and an early mail rocket attempt (1933)
Coverage of the Farside Rockoon launch
Launch of the British Black Knight rocket into space in 1958
World of Rockets(1959)
I hope to post many more with stories in near future.
April 10, 2014
NASA Press Release
“NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release on April 10 of a new online software catalog.
Organized into 15 broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies and the general public.
“Software is an increasingly important element of the agency’s intellectual asset portfolio, making up about a third of our reported inventions every year,” said Jim Adams, NASA’s deputy chief technologist. “We are excited to be able to make that software widely available to the public with the release of our new software catalog.”
The technologies featured in the software catalog cover project management systems, design tools, data handling and image processing, as well as solutions for life support functions, aeronautics, structural analysis and robotic and autonomous systems. The codes represent NASA’s best solutions to a wide array of complex mission requirements.” …more here
April 6, 2014
We are pretty familiar to watching NASA and SpaceX launches from the viewpoint of onboard rocket cameras. But what about Russian rockets?
Well here you go. Soyuz Flight VS07 with rocket cam.
April 1, 2014
Masten Space Systems Xombie rocket is guided with the Astrobotic hazard avoidance system to a perfect landing.
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 second is about new opportunities in Space and is over at The Space Review and is entitled:
February 6, 2014
Take a free course in Space Systems Engineering through NASA and the Saylor Foundation.
“Space Systems Engineering, a new massive open online course or MOOC from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on Monday, March 3, 2014. The six-week, general-audience course is available to the public at no cost and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA’s engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.”
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For interviews with NASA scientists, visit:
February 5, 2014
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.
These are the legs we saw on the floor at the SpaceX facility last year
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.