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SpaceX Dragon Splashdown after flawless mission.

 

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British Pathe’ has just released 85,000 videos from 1896-1976 to YouTube. Among these are many rocketry gems. Videos I have never seen and great news coverage of historical rocket events. Below are a sample – fabulous in their rareity and documentation of events.

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.

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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

LINK TO NASA SOFTWARE CODE

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.

Masten Space Systems Xombie rocket is guided with the Astrobotic hazard avoidance system to a perfect landing.

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.

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The second is about new opportunities in Space and is over at The Space Review and is entitled:

Rocket science on a shoestring

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Take a free course in Space Systems Engineering through NASA and the Saylor Foundation.

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