Category Archives: Spaceflight

X-Prize to the Moon

From Engadget, there’s this posting about the next X-Prize to the Moon sponsored by Google. Send a Spacecraft to the moon and travel 2km across the surface and return a gig of images and video by 2012 and win $20M. … Continue reading

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X-Prize to the Moon

From Engadget, there’s this posting about the next X-Prize to the Moon sponsored by Google. Send a Spacecraft to the moon and travel 2km across the surface and return a gig of images and video by 2012 and win $20M. … Continue reading

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“One, Two, Five…” “Three, sir!”

Just now on NASA TV: Mission control instructed space walking astronauts to give the solar panels they’ve been folding up a shake. Mission Control: “You’re go for three shakes” Astronaut: “Is that One, Two, Five?” In mission control, there was … Continue reading

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Ansari In Space

Anousheh Ansari, of the same Ansari family of X-Prize fame is onboard the International Space Station. I like the X-Prize ball cap. Nice touch! On a side note, I see the X-Prize Foundation uses the WordPress blogging service. Technorati Tags: … Continue reading

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And NASA Thinks Its Ready to Fly?

The firing of Charlie Carmada and the no-go, but go ahead decision last week indicate the cultural problems with NASA continue. Carmada’s disagreement stems from the way NASA selects members of its management teams, “I cannot accept the methods I … Continue reading

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Space Cloaking Device

This can be the greatest achievement since the Enron’s creative accounting system. “Where did that $95 billion Space Station go?” “It’s cloaked. Take my word for it.” Technorati Tags: Spaceflight

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Don’t Bother with NASA

From NASA Watch: Celestron and Boy Scouts Venture Where NASA Can’t (Or Won’t). Again, private enterprise succeeds where government has no interest. Technorati Tags: Education, Science, Spaceflight

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NASA Podcasts

NASA recently started carrying a podcast of agency news. This week they posted a Mars Rover update with Steve Squyres, so it’s not just the week in review. Technorati Tags: podcasts, spaceflight

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Space Shuttle Sonic Boom

Here is a recording of last the Space Shuttle’s Sonic Boom recorded from Tehachapi. I should have set up a camera, because shortly before the boom, a bright light appeared to the south west, got increasingly brighter and passed directly … Continue reading

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The Spaceship Company

Burt Rutan and Richard Branson have announced they will form a The Spaceship Company to build and fly commercial suborbital spacecraft based on White Knight/Spaceship One. So far, it’s been reported here and here.

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Space Shuttle Windows Support

I’ve been listening to STS-117 coverage on NASA TV while working, and it’s interesting that they’ve spent the last half hour working on windows support issues. During some of the work, one of the astronauts reported a BSoD. Wonder if … Continue reading

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STS 114 Launch Set

Looks like NASA has found the problem with the fuel sensor and has set a new launch date for next Tuesday at 10:39AM EDT, within the original launch window. The problem was a faulty grounding in the wiring.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Scrubbed

NASA Scrubbed today’s launch of Space Shuttle Discovery because of a fuel sensor glitch. It has echos of the Delta IV Heavy partial failure last December, which was caused by an erroneous reading of the sensor which shut down the … Continue reading

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Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39

Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 Originally uploaded by Nomadicoder. Thanks to thedigitalphotographyweblog for this posting about AutoStitch. I installed it and assembled some panoramas I photographed a few years ago. I have this photo of Launch Complex 39 at … Continue reading

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Minotaur Launch

I attempted to view the Minotaur Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. From

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B-52/X-43A Contrail Image

I shot this image a couple of minutes after the NASA B-52 dropped the X-43A on its successful Mach-10 flight this afternoon. The image was taken from the west side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula with an Olympus C-765. This … Continue reading

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Infighting at Orbital — Near Mishap.

NASA almost blew another one of its science projects in this Spaceref.com article, A DART Near Miss: Infighting at Orbital – and Deceiving NASA. It has the echoes of a bad disaster movie.

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SpaceShipOne Flight Audio

Here is a recording of the air-to-ground radio communications of the X2 flight of SpaceShipOne.

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X-Prize Flight 2 Photos

Photos from this Scaled Composite’s Second X-Prize flight. Again, this is a quick upload. I’ll add clean up the images and write some text when I am able. Continue to the photographs of the second X-Prize flight of SpaceShipOne

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X-Prize Flight 1 Photos

Photos from this Scaled Composite’s First X-Prize flight. I’ve been pretty busy, but I wanted to get the photos up on my site when I found my first spare moment. I’ll update the posting in the near in a couple … Continue reading

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