Friday, March 20, 2015

SpaceX makes their photos available on Flickr

Not only are they on Flickr, they are provided under a Creative Commons license (non-commercial, with attribution). I was going to modify this one...but it looks too darned good as-is.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

B-58 Hustler on a rocket...

Check out this cool vintage video of NACA/Langley testing subscale models of the B-58. One rocket with canted motors...or two rockets strapped together?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A whole lotta Little Joe scale diagrams (updated)

Cliff Steenhoff has been compiling an impressive set of rocket/space sphotos in his Flickr stream. Today, he posted a lot of diagrams of the Little Joe I and II rockets. These appear to cover all of the flight missions. I have embedded one example to whet your appetite. He also has photos of the rockets themselves. If you navigate back (and soon forward), you will find tons of other rockets too. Enjoy!

A reader points out that this drawing is by Tom Beach and George Gassaway via the NAR's American Spacemodeling in 1991 (now Sport Rocketry). I have to admit that I didn't inspect the drawings in detail.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

5.5 tons of APCP, two minutes, 3.6 million pounds of thrust.

This morning, Orbital-ATK test fired their QM-1 5-segment SRB. This test ran in simulated high temperature conditions and next year QM-2 will fire in cold weather conditions.