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CSXT(Civilian Space eXploration Team) launched their new “GoFast” rocket on July 14th to an confirmed altitude of 73.1 miles or 385,800 feet. This is the second successful space launch for the team. The CXST first entered the record books in 2004 becoming the first amateur rocket to reach space.The top speed of the new GoFast 2014 rocket was 3420 mph. According to Ky Michaelson the amateur rocket accomplished the following for amateur rocketry:

  • World record highest altitude rocket launch
  • World record fastest speed rocket launch
  • First photo taken from space on-board an amateur rocket
  • Second amateur rocket in history to reach space

CSXT Team photo: Ky Michaelson

CSXT Team photo: Buddy Michaelson


Video of 2004 launch

Ky Michaelson posted the results on Facebook. 

CSXT site


NASA has validated a new type of propulsion called the Emdrive. This type of Microwave induced propulsion requires no on-board propellant. So you can see why this would be an attractive alternative to current propulsion systems.

Wired online has a great article on this:

Link to Wired article

You can also view the original Emdrive site here

SpaceX has published the video of the F9 landing:


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



Today marks the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 liftoff.

Here are a few of my favorite past Apollo 11 post:

The original Apollo 11 Press Kit

Apollo 11 Source code

Apollo 11 Transcripts

Apollo 11 – Experience landing in real time

and for reference….All my previous post about Apollo 11 



“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.

Visit World View’s Website

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