Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SpaceX Achieves Another Milestone

SpaceX successfully tests its parachutes

Video of the SpaceX drop test

Note: I wouldn't call this entry much of an article, but a nice passing along of information. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, I have been so busy these past few weeks that I've kinda neglected this blog. Not that I don't read articles and find neat tidbits of news on space, science, engineering and technology, but I've just not had the gumption to write about it.

Anyway, I'll try to do better and develop more detailed blog entries, but I make no promises, because if certain things occur over the next few months, this whole blog might fall away permanently as I graduate to bigger and more important things. Time will tell.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Virgin Galactic - Not Immune to Failure

Which of course is understandable given that they are designing a completely new system for space exploration. Well, exploration of sub-orbit by paying passengers anyway.

So VG took a small spill because of a landing gear failure. No one was hurt, so study it, gather all the data and details, and press on. After all, this was bound to happen during the test phases of the project. As someone astutely said, "Rutan knows composites, but he's the grandmaster of one-off experimental designs rather than production aircraft." I agree with that. This is uncharted territory for the space ship wizard, but not for the people he's working with. They'll figure this all out, but it just goes to show that even the best aren't immune to incidents during testing.

Monday, August 16, 2010

First Post Switzerland Trip Article - Potpouri

Hello everyone! Well, without question, my trip to Switzerland to attend the Caux Initiatives of Change conference was absolutely one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. The people I talked too were incredible, I made some great contacts, I learned new things and passed on information regarding sustainability and our true technological potential, most of which was derived by space exploration and development. :)

Because of this trip, I haven't exactly been following space news much, but I hope to get back into the flow starting today.

I see the ISS is going through some repair work. Nothing like a "fix-it" job in orbit. Isn't it amazing what we can do these days?

A big ole' skydiving attempt looks to be coming soon. Now THAT would be one hell of a ride! Now just imagine trying this out of a Virgin Galactic apogee of course.

Celebration V. Star Wars, although sci-fi, was the catalyst that drove me and many others into the space industry. It's because of sci-fi that we develop sci-fact. Now the fun part is actually using our sci-fact to benefit humanity. It seems we're still kinda "stuck on stupid" with our global socioeconomic system that's rooted in the 17th century while it tries (and fails) to govern the 21st century. As goes our technical capability, so should go our systems of governance...forward and evolving to be better.

I guess that's a good quick summary of today. Remember, question the "unquestionable" and challenge the "unchallengeable". Only then do you truly progress.