Daily Journals

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.”



SpaceX Dragon Splashdown after flawless mission.



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.


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


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.



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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