February 6, 2013
Sorry for the sparse postings lately but I have been recovering from an illness. I wanted to post a couple of really cool links in the meantime to keep you going.
The first is from the Poker Flats Research Range in Fairbanks Alaska.
“Poker Flats Research Range is the largest land-based rocket research range in the world and the only high-latitude rocket range in the United States. Poker Flat launches scientific sounding rockets, performs satellite tracking and is home to a growing fleet of unmanned aircraft.
Poker Flat Research Range is perfectly located in Interior Alaska. From this site, rockets can launch and fly over the sparsely populated tundra hundreds of miles north of the range with special permission from federal, state and tribal landowners. Additionally, the range is situated beneath the auroral oval – a ring across the circumpolar north where auroras typically occur – providing ample opportunities to continue scientists’ examination of the aurora. Most sounding rocket launches occur between January and March and scientists come from around the world to use the facility for their research projects.
The range’s expansion into the burgeoning field of unmanned aircraft began in 2004. Today, the range has more than two-dozen models that range in size from a 2.5-pound quad-rotor Aeryon Scout to the 40-pound fixed-wing Insitu A-20. Personnel dedicated to the unmanned aircraft efforts are deployed across Alaska to assist in projects that are hazardous or difficult for manned aircraft to maneuver in.” -link here
Watch the launches Live! Poker Flats Launch Webcam (check schedules for launch information)
I just re-watched this great documentary called :
Failure is not an Option – A Flight Control History of NASA
I highly recommend it
January 23, 2013
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January 17, 2013
The mighty F-1 has been revisited. These young engineers having been reviewing how the powerful Saturn F-1 might assist in building heavy lifting rockets. What better way than to rebuild the F-1. In this case they rebuilt the Gas generator.
“This activity provided us with information for determining how some parts of the engine might be more affordably manufactured using modern techniques, such as additive manufacturing,” said Kate Estes, a Marshall liquid propulsion systems engineer.
Great Video of the Gas generator test done by these engineers (Love that roar!)
January 9, 2013
There is a new petition at the White House “We the People” . “Rapidly develop and deploy a nuclear thermal rocket for both manned & un-manned space missions”
January 7, 2013
Check out what the guys over at http://www.heligraphix.com did. They attached model rocket engines to Helicopters and ignited them during flight. Amazingly most of the flights look remarkably stable..
December 31, 2012
Every year I like to review some of the top post and subjects in Rocketry on my blog for the year. I now have visitors from 172 countries. Here is this years top 10 according to page views.
December 14, 2012
Inside NASA’s Mysterious Rubber Room – An emergency egress sanctuary(My favorite story this week)
Cruising in the Apollo 16 Lunar Rover
Video Stabalized HD
At NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X
November 29, 2012
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Now you can fly and land the SpaceX Grasshopper or actually the SpaceY Grasshopper
November 17, 2012
November 14, 2012
One of my favorite stories from the Apollo era. Apollo 12′s nearly aborted mission due to a lightening strike.
November 12, 2012
Saturn V explained in the most common words. Funny!
November 9, 2012
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November 7, 2012
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Back in the 1970s artist and visionaries pictured great Space settlements. These settlements were like miniature worlds offering a home away from home and permanent residence for Space adventurer.
“We have plumbed the atmosphere to its height and the oceans to their depths. Unless we are willing to settle down into a world that is our prison, we must be ready to move beyond Earth, and I think we are ready. We have the technological capacity to do so; all that we need is the will. I think it is quite possible, starting now, to build settlements in space, to build worlds miniature in comparison to the Earth but large in comparison to anything we have done so far. These worlds, in orbit around the Earth, would be capable of holding tens of thousands of human beings.” -Issac Asimov
The success of the Apollo program filled Americans with space dreams and possibilities of future Space Settlements. It was a magical time for the space enthusiast however the dreams remained dreams. Here is a great peak at those ideas through the artist and scientist of that time.
October 26, 2012