Daily Journals


The NASA Blog has a great new entry on the master model builder Barry Howell.

“During his tenure in the model shop, Barry has seen changes in technology and process, along with classic methods that have stood the test of time. In the old days of Saturn and early Shuttle, each and every model would be carefully machined according to actual blueprints that allowed Barry to ensure they were precise representations of the real rockets. Working with aluminum or plexiglass blocks, Barry would carefully drill into blocks with a mill or strip away pieces with a lathe, using nothing more than his focused eye, steady hands, and well-honed judgment to carve the individual parts of the rocket from those blocks.”                 -blogs.nasa.gov

Read the Story over at blogs.nasa.gov

Previous mentions of NASA models

Historic news for Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket. On Monday the craft went into space (329,839 feet) then returned to earth and landed.

Of course this was a sub-orbital flight but still quite impressive.


You can read more here



NASA placed it’s first order with SpaceX for a crew mission to ISS.

The Crew Dragon is scheduled to send astronauts to the ISS in 2017.

Read the full story here


IGNITION ! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

by John D. Clark



Great new retro-style posters from NASA. Go here to download high quality versions.

Reminds me of the SpaceX Mars posters.


Bloostar Launcher – click to enlarge

An alternative method of using a balloon as the launch platform is revisited this week by zero2infinity. They will be using a rockoon to send nano satellites into orbit.

The name of the launch vehicle developed by the Spanish company zero2infinity is Bloostart


You can see their countdown clock here

If you are unfamiliar with the history of Rockoons please read my previous post on the Farside rocket


These photos have been online other places but really shine in the Flickr format.

You can see the photos at Flickr by clicking here.

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