A little retro Tuesday

Circa 1959…

Those were the days. Imagine the excitement as a kid in the chance of winning a life size Space Ship! Yes this life size training mockup simulator could be yours. All you have to do is name the Space Ship! I wonder who won and what happened to this amazing prize.


 image credit Kraft Foods

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A few new paper models from Glen P. Doggett

I have posted a few new great templates in the Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide from Glen P. Doggett. Glen known as GlenP over at TRF and is at  NAR Club #627 BEMRC.
These would make great additions to your paper flyers.
Mini Tri Pak – Estes #0866

Space Station Aquarius-Estes #1902


SRW Nike Smoke

All of these plus many more rockets can be found also in my Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide

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SpaceX releases “Falcon Heavy and Starman” short video

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SpaceX Hispasat 30W-6 Launch Info



Launch Time: 6th March, 12:33 am EST // 6th March, 05:33 UTC
Launch Location: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Payload: Hispasat 30W-6
Landing: SpaceX will not attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage after launch due to unfavorable weather conditions in the recovery area off of Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
Watch Live: http://www.spacex.com/webcast

“At 6 metric tons and almost the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we’ve ever flown.” – Elon Musk

“The Hispasat 30W-6 (Hispasat 1F), to be located at 30º W and will serve as a replacement for the Hispasat 1D, will give the Group additional Ku band capacity, in the Andean region and in Brazil. Likewise, the Hispasat 30W-6 (Hispasat 1F) will expand the Group’s transatlantic capacity in Europe-America and America-Europe connectivity. C band capacity with American coverage and Ka band capacity with European coverage will furthermore be incorporated, in order to enable HISPASAT to continue expanding its broadband service offer in the region.” -Hispasat Group

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Spaceport Somewhere 


Stills from the short documentary Spaceport Somewhere

Photo credit: Brice Habeger, QuickWin Productions

Press Release:

Last Frontier Rocket Launches with Blue-Collar and Hi-Tech Pioneers

Spaceport Somewhere is the compelling portrait of three employees at
a rocket-launching complex on the remote island of Kodiak, Alaska.

February 26, 2018, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Released online this week, Spaceport Somewhere is a short documentary portrait of workers at a world-class spaceport complex in the unlikeliest of locales: Kodiak Island, Alaska. After a massive explosion risks shutting the spaceport down for good, they must push through the uncertainty of losing their jobs and stay focused on the complex mission of pulling together to launch a new rocket into orbit.
Shot over 2 days in June 2017, the production was self-funded by the production team of Brice Habeger, Producer/ Director, and Zak Melms, Director of Photography.
“We wanted to show another side of life in Alaska that most people don’t even know about. Glaciers, salmon fishing, and brown bears are the clichés here,” Habeger mused. “Yet we have this multimillion-dollar facility on Kodiak Island where they shoot rockets into orbit with a herd of buffalo watching from nearby. That’s somewhere special.”
The documentary tells the story of the blue-collar and high technology workers who make space exploration possible. The rockets are the stars of the show, and the employees are the supporting cast who make the unreachable a reality. This short gives viewers who love the possibilities of space a license to dream bigger.
QuickWin and Peak 3 are video production companies based in Anchorage. With a diverse background of clients and subject matter, they specialize in capturing the stories of the Last Frontier and beyond. From productions on the edge of North America, on the Arctic Ocean, to locales like Kodiak that reach the edge of outer space, they are driven to authentically portray the humanity in Alaska and the world beyond.

Watch “Spaceport Somewhere”https://vimeo.com/257451046

Stills from the short documentary Spaceport Somewhere

Photo credit: Brice Habeger, QuickWin Productions

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SpaceX Paz Launch Info



UPDATE: Perfect Launch and Deployment of Paz
Launch Time: Thursday February 22 at 6:17 a.m. PST
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base
Payload: Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite
Landing:  No – SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch
Watch Live: http://www.spacex.com/webcast

Payload Details : “Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite is equipped with an advanced radar instrument designed for high flexibility, and with the capability to operate in numerous modes allowing for the choice of several different image configurations. It will be able to generate images with up to 25 cm resolution, day and night and regardless of the meteorological conditions. Designed for a mission life of five and a half years, PAZ will orbit Earth 15 times per day, covering an area of over 300,000 square kilometers from an altitude of 514 kilometers and a velocity of seven kilometers per second. On its slightly inclined quasi-polar orbit, PAZ will cover the entire globe in 24 hours, serving both government and commercial needs. PAZ also features a sophisticated Automatic Identification System (AIS), simultaneously combining for the first time ship AIS signals and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery, increasing the monitoring capacities of the maritime domain worldwide. It will also be equipped with a Radio Occultation and Heavy Precipitation experiment (ROHP) from the Institute of Space Science del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICE-CSIC). For the first time ever, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Radio Occultation measurements will be taken at two polarizations, to exploit the potential capabilities of polarimetric radio occultation for detecting and quantifying heavy precipitation events.” – SpaceX

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Virgin Galactic has a new website

Things have been quiet with Virgin Galactic except for a few glide test. Today in hope of seeing more milestones in the future they launch their new website. Click image below to visit.


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