Apollo 50th: Build a LEM Paper Model


As the Apollo 11 50th anniversary approaches I find it’s time to build a paper model of the iconic Lunar Module.I hope you will join me in this undertaking and build your own.

Two great models come to mind.

The most detailed from the UdonFactory paper models
1/48th Paper Model of LEM

And from Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center
1/44th Gulf Paper Model of LEM (Scroll down look for Gulf LEM 1.1 – there are some plans for the Saturn V also on this page)

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Students at USC send rocket into Space


Students at USC have sent a rocket into space (Karman Line). The rocket reached an apogee of 339,800 feet. Traveler IV ,the schools 4th attempt at this goal, roared to life on the pad and reached speeds over Mach 5.1. This makes only the USC team the second amateur group to send a rocket into space. The first was the CSXT(Civilian Space eXploration Team) who first did this in 2004 and then again in 2014.

Here is a great video about the Rocket and Launch

More info can be found here


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Goddard plans Model Rocket Contest to Celebrate Apollo 11 anniversary


Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Credits: NASA Goddard/Bill Hrybyk

This contest is hosted by the Goddard Visitor Center and conducted by NARHAMS. Assistance has been received from the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and model rocket companies.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Noon – 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Join us at the Goddard visitor center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with our annual model rocket contest! Land your model rocket closest to the center of the “Moon,” which is marked on the ground.

Read more info and contest details here

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Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A Launch Info


I’m very excited about seeing another Falcon Heavy Launch. Last years inaugural launch was one of the most exciting launches I have ever seen. So many key moments to look forward to including liftoff, side core landings, center core (will it land?) and of course success of the primary mission.

Launch time: 18:35 EDT (06:35 PM) // 22:35 UTC, April 11th 2019 (just under 2 hours long window)

Launch Location: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Payload: Arabsat-6A (13,200-lb)

Landing: YES – Side cores at LZ-1 & LZ-2 and center core on OCISLY

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube


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SpaceX Commercial Crew Demo-1 Launch Info


photo credit: SpaceX

SpaceX will launch a crew capable Dragon, known as Crew Dragon, on a test mission to the International Space Station. There will be no crew aboard(except a dummy that will measure body responses and environment), but the Dragon will dock autonomously to the station. The objectives of this mission are to demonstrate most of the capabilities of their crew transportation system.

more info here

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, NASA will broadcast a prelaunch briefing from Kennedy

Launch Time: Launch is scheduled for 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday

Launch Location: Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

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SpaceX Nusantara Satu/Beresheet/AFRL Mission


Artist’s concept of the Beresheet lander on the lunar surface (image credit: IAI)

Launch Time:
The 32-minute launch window opens at 8:45 p.m. EST
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
SSL built the Nusantara Satu satellite for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), a leading Asian provider of satellite-based telecommunication services. Nusantara Satu is Indonesia’s first high-throughput satellite that will serve to improve internet connectivity in the region. Additionally, the satellite’s C-band and Kuband transponders will be used for voice and data communications and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. In order to bring a secondary payload to orbit, SSL designed Nusantara Satu using its next-generation electric propulsion system. The launch demonstrates SSL’s ability to take small rideshare satellites to geostationary orbit efficiently and economically.

SpaceIL’s lunar spacecraft Beresheet (Hebrew for “in the beginning”), which competed in the Google Lunar XPrize, will be the smallest spacecraft to ever land on the Moon, at only 1,322 lbs, or 600 kgs. Upon deployment, it will travel to the Moon using its own power, a voyage that will take nearly two months. Once it arrives, Beresheet will be Israel’s first spacecraft and the world’s first privately-funded spacecraft to reach the Moon. Its mission is to transmit photos and video of its new home and conduct scientific measurements.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 experimental small spacecraft, developed and integrated by Blue Canyon Technologies, will carry out a one-year mission. The S5 mission leverages commercial advances and services in a rapid demonstration of small satellite capabilities.

Landing: SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

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SpaceX Iridium 8 Launch Info


Launch time: 1-11-2019 at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC ( instantaneous launch opportunity)

Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Payload: 10 Iridium® NEXT satellites

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

“For this eighth and final planned Iridium mission, 10 Iridium® NEXT satellites will be launched as part of the company’s campaign to replace the world’s largest commercial communication satellite network. Including the seven previous launches, all with SpaceX, Iridium is deploying 75 new satellites to orbit. In total, 81 satellites are being built, with 66 in the operational constellation, nine serving as on-orbit spares and six as ground spares.” -SpaceX

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