Wednesday, February 29, 2012
- Methane engine on Morpheus vehicle - RLV and Space Transportation Blog - It's good to remember the Morpheus lander runs on methane (and LOX). Includes links to IEEE and PopSci.
- RockOn! 2012 - NASA Hack Space - NASA Wallops is looking for a few good men and women for their summer rocket workshop.
- Mercury Space Observatory (1964) - Beyond Apollo
- Marc G's Interchangeable Engine Mounts - Model Rocket Building
This month's Fire and Smoke features rocketry Down Under including, among other things, the story the first and only permanent sport rocketry range and high power rocket girl Samantha Termini. As I previously noted, the Australian Rocketry Association Inc's (ARA) Section 6 Spalding Rocket Club worked with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Air Services Australia (ASA) to establish a permanent NOTAM for their field. That is awesome news for sport rocketeers everywhere! As for Samantha, I couldn't resist posting Samantha and her 'N'-powered Lucky 7.
Finally, their Photo of the Month features a photo of the Spalding launch site.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
- Apogee Peak of Flight Newsletter (#307) - Forefathers of Rocketry, Part 1 - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard and Hermann Julius Oberth
- NSRC 2012: Panel with suborbital spaceflight firms - RLV and Space Transporation Blog - The future of sub-orbital space looks rosy.
- Photos To Space to fly on UP Aerospace rocket in April - RLV and Space Transporation Blog - For about 5 bucks UP Aerospace will fly your digital image to space and will return a digital certifacate with the photo and the flight particulars.
- A Single-Atom Transistor - IEEE Spectrum - Moore, your law may be back in business. PSi gates may enable quantum computing.
- These 5 steely-eyed missile guys appeared in Life magazine #thisday 1956. Iconic pic: go.nasa.gov/xLiaNi — NASA History Office (@NASAhistory) February 27, 2012
Update: Well, my blog will look a tad different but the only big thing is there are no scroll bars for my links list. Methinks I'll put them in a new page under my banner and not worry about it.
The model, known as the QNTM, was as a half-scale, 5.5m replica of a pterodactyl. It was as bio-mechanically accurate as possible given all they had to base it on was the fossil record. It had to be stable and had to propel itself with its flapping wings. Pretty amazing stuff, especially for the mid 1980's!
The QM was on display at the Joint Services Open House at Andrews AFB. I snapped the attached shot and one of a headless version. I think the one shown was a static model and the headless one was the actual QM that was damaged on landing. The photos of the latter were not that clear so I just scanned this one.
I had no luck finding a reference in the Air and Space Magazine but I did find these:
Monday, February 27, 2012
Folks, one of our members, Savan Becker, made it into the Video Finals for the Seattle Space Needle's Space Race 2012 Contest. He has been told he is currently in 6th place and is looking to get more votes. The grand prize consists of a suborbital spaceflight, up to an altitude of about 62 miles (100 kilometers), the internationally accepted boundary of outer space. The flight, aboard a vehicle provided by Space Adventures and Armadillo Aerospace, will last about 30 minutes from takeoff to landing, with about 6 minutes of zero gravity. Training for the flight will take about two days.
Votes for me can be placed *daily* here: http://spacerace.herokuapp.com/entries/103 You can vote everyday up to 3/18/12.
- Soyuz images at English Russia - High Power Rocketry
- Gerd Ludwig's "Long Shadow of Chernobyl" project - The Big Picture - Stunning, eerie images of decay and suffering.
- Neil Armstrong at NSRC - Parabolic Arc - On why NASA had it harder than Burt Rutan.
- BIT by precious BIT - The Space Review - Dwayne Day reports on early efforts to protect our spy satellites.
- Open issues with the official Phobos-Grunt accident report - The Space Review - James Oberg reviews the Russian FRB results. At least as well as we know them. I'm looking forward to his IEEE Spectrum article.
- Bill Barnes Air Adventurer - xplanes - Retro graphics novel with a concept biplane
- Helicopter falls apart during landing - AP/YouTube - Physics can be a bitch: Ground resonance
Scott Lowther posted a couple of slides from a November 2011 presentation on NASA's Space Launch System. The first displays the configurations that were considered. Unless you have worked on a trade study for a large system, you won't appreciate the work that goes into such a thing. You not only have to quickly put your arms around things like development costs, recurring costs, performance, reliability, etc., etc., etc. You then have to mash these disparate things together using a mix of analytic and subjective methods. Finally, someone comes out of the woodwork and asks: "did you consider xyz". I am just happy the things I worked on never got the Congress-critters attention. But, all that aside, I love rocket p0rn an think this is most excellent motivation for sport rocketeering.
The next slide presents the range of proposed and fielded launch vehicles, from Xcor's Lynx to the proposed SLS Heavy. Yes, I am convinced that NASA's is bigger than yours but, really, does size really matter? Scott points out that most people don't think SLS will ever happen. Besides the pesky issue about the lack of money, Scott also points out a potential chicken and the egg condition. Since there is no identified mission requiring the SLS, then there is no political will to build such a thing. And since we don't have a suitable launcher, there is no political will for a manned Mars/Moon/asteroid/L2 mission. I can't help feel that a big piece of the puzzle is that politicians are using NASA as a pawn in their game. A pawn with a reset button that will likely be pushed every four years. But, this is another cute slide. Long live new-space!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Trailed by a USAF North American T-28A Trojan, a dummy ejects from the cockpit of a USN Grumman TF-9J Cougar (BuNo 142448) during a demonstration at the U.S. Naval Aerospace Recovery Facility at El Centro, California in 1964.
Friday, February 24, 2012
- The World’s Largest Museum to 3D Print Copies of Priceless Artifacts (video) - Mashable - The Smithsonan is embarking on a project to digitize some 137 million artifacts. That should take a while! The article references that they want to digitize the items so they will be viewable on the web. So, maybe the project is more about that than the actual printing.
- 3D Model Collection - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Don't know if these can be downloaded and printed at home. Didn't poke around much. But then, I don't plan on getting a 3D printer any time soon.
- Stratolaunch lays the groundwork while refining its aircraft design - NewSpace Journal - Company reps note that they are moving away from a plane that looks like two 747's "pasted together." It will still sport dual fuselages, so it won't be that different. I look forward to the updated conceptual diagrams. (This is yet another new blog in my feed reader. Found via Clark Lindsey.)
- Special Space Shuttle edition of the NASA History News and Notes (.pdf)
- 1948...XF-85 McDonnell "Goblin" - x-ray delta one - A Google search will yield photos of the stubby experimental, bomber-deployed jet, as well as the Wikipedia article. Not surprisingly, it was a FAIL.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
- Space.com featured a video of a fireball from an all-sky camera. But the annoying commercial negated the coolness of the video so I chose not to post the link.
- Google Underwater Sea View - Google Maps Mania - Google Maps is planning to do an underwater 'Street View' of the great barrier reef. Awesome!
- Low-light time lapse photography from the ISS. HD video of this... - Fuck yeah, space exploration - follow the link to see some animated GIFs generated from this YouTube video.
- there's always color where there's light - Empty Space - Nice pseudo-color image of the moon. Empty Space has been added to my feed reader.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
- The official video of the official Falcon 9/Dragon modroc - SpaceX video
- Defying the Doomsayers - WSJ - A review of Peter's book entitled Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. The article is interesting and I think the book would be a good read. Interesting food for thought:
- "from 2003 through 2010: We created five exabytes of digital information every two days."
- "Today more people have access to a cellphone than to a toilet."
- "Groceries today cost 13 times less than 150 years ago in inflation-adjusted dollars."
- Shuttle Mock Up on the Move - The Original Rocket Dungeon - I haven't seen this mentioned by the multitude of space blogs that I loosely follow. Thought there would have been more interest. Pitiful.
- Regional Winners named in Student Space Lab Competition - SpaceRef - The ultimate winners will have their experiment performed on the ISS. Pretty cool. (Not student rockets, but I tagged the post that way.)
As for kits, there are several that interested me. the 3" dia. Leviathan looks good - kind of like a stretched Big Daddy. They have an air launched set that I may want for my grandson. I like the looks of the arrow-styled Flecher, but have no interest in another mini-motor powered rocket. Looks cute though. The Android Hunter, if memory serves me, is the kit whose body is constructed from interlocking pieces of balsa. I am tempted by that one. On the same page they have a 2.6" V-2. I definitely want one of these. I see they don't have the E12 as a recommended motor. The E9 is there so the stock motor mount should be good to go. There are, of course, a ton of other kits that look great and would be on my list if I totally regressed to low power flying.
What I didn't see were the plastic marking and cutting guides or the 29mm plastic screw-on retainers. In the spring I have to start dropping by Hobby Lobby, coupons in-hand!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Both motor configurations were ground tested but never flew. WWII ended and the conclusion was that the propellants were too dangerous and the rocket motors would adversely affect the flight performance of the P-51.
- Rare amateur video captures Challenger tragedy up close - New Scientist TV
- RIP, Raygun: Pentagon’s Laser Plane Laid to Rest - Wired
Deconstructing a Mystery: What Caused Snowmageddon? 1.usa.gov/zeW88a— Mike Larsen (@Marleybonez) February 22, 2012
Great launch Sat. from Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, AK. (Credit: C. Heinselman/SRI) More pics soon. twitpic.com/8mx3vu—- NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
There is no lack of related videos on YouTube, so I just grabbed the first one that Spaceports posted.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The cover email noted: "... at least we got some crumbs ...."
Photo credits: Jeff Haught or Willie Tolleson.
- Aurora Rocket Fuel Box via Sascha Grant on Flickr - A retro two part rocket fuel similar to vinegar and baking soda or Diet Coke and Mentos. Fizzy! UPDATE: Apparently, this 'fuel' was used in the Aurora Mark III Interceptor. More on YORF.
- Spray-on Nanoparticle Mix Turns Trees Into Antennas - IEEE Spectrum
- FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conf. day 1 - RLV and Space Transport News - Clark's notes from the conference. Includes pointers to some proposed projects that I'm not familiar with.
- Nuclear Flight System Definition studies (1971) - Beyond Apollo - What we could have done with NERVA-style nuclear propulsion.
Wallops' first launch to orbit was 51 years ago today. Explorer 9 (pic attached) launched on a Scout rocket. twitpic.com/8kqv0i
—- NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) February 16, 2012
Dispatches from the Final Frontier wasn't the first to post this, but it was the first to discuss the proposed XEUS lander (at least the first I've seen of it). The XEUS would be a multi-engine, dual-thrus-axis lander. It would mate a ULA Centaur upper stage rocket (RL-10 engine) with four of Masten's 3,500 pound thrust propulsion modules. The XEUS would minimize dust plumes, which would be a big problem for moon bases, by allowing an horizontal approach and touch down.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
- Apollo diagrams - The Unwanted Blog - Apollo Command and Service Modules and the Apollo-Soyuz
- “The Machines That Made The Jet Age” - MAKE - What could you do with 50k TONS of compressive force?
- Meet Rube Goldberg (Feb, 1959) - Modern Mechanix -
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
- Painting the Tip Of A Nosecone, by Chris Michielssen - Apogee Newsletter - I'm not a very good painter yet, amazingly enough, I have done a fair to middling job at painting nose cone tips. But, Chris' method will make it easier and with even better results.
- I'm sure he's featured this on his blog and I just missed it (or I could have posted about it an forgotten). In any event, Model Rocket Building is packed with great tips.
- Chris also sells some interesting kits and accessories too: Odd'l Rockets.
- There’s even more Abe in the international trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - io9
Monday, February 13, 2012
- Antarctica's Lake Vostok is Test Case for Exploring Icy Jupiter Moon - Space.com
- Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 three years later: where are we now? - Space Review - Well, the debris field is still there. On a positive note, US STRATCOM’s Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), Russia and other space agencies are sharing more data, which may help avoid a repeat performance.
- Snark PMC by Micromeister - TRF
Humorous but true: MT @Berger_SN: Bolden says NASA "confident" it can hold to "no earlier than 2017" date for 1st U.S. comrcl crew launch.— Alan Boyle (@b0yle) February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
- NASA considers outpost beyond moon's far side - MSNBC - Exciting stuff here!
- The old Vega...the new Vega. Launch is scheduled for 2/13/2012 between 5AM and 8AM EST. Watch it here.
- Commanche 5 - High Power Rocketry - R2K found this 5-stage D-D-D-C-C rocket. That's really stretching the capabilities of the 1st D12. In my meager experience, such a model would weathercock badly.
- A related oldie: Video of Rocketjunkies D-D-D-E rack rocket. (previously posted in 'Rack Rockets')
Saturday, February 11, 2012
- Propellants - self pressurized N2O and commercial Propane
- Design Thrust - 11 lbf @ 125 psi
- Injector Type - Fuel centered pintle
- Ignition - Direct spark using NGK-R847 spark plug and AC Delco D514A ignition module
- Construction - regeneratively cooled with oxidizer, printed using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) process in 15-5 stainless steel
The new line of the Klima composite (secret formula) motors were presented at the International Toy Show at Nuremberg, Germany. These will supposedly be marketed in the US by Quest. That's the good news. The bad is that they likely won't be out in Europe this year. And you know the availability here will lag. That's long enough that they could easily be vaporware.
UPDATE: Now with the full image showing a Quest rocket. Note the designer's name. Rokitflite is international.
- Hiller VJ-100 - Unwanted Blog - Scott is thinking about kitting this retro-futuristic space ship (plastic model, probably in resin). This design isn't flyable without some copious amounts of clear fin stock, but it would be a cool project. The VJ-100 was a serious proposal v. a sci-fi craft. See my earlier post.
- Think we faked it? - Fuck yeah, space exploration
I don't want to diminish this very built-from-scratch project but the one thing I was reminded of is that a woman's place is in the kitchen....the propellant kitchen, that is :D
Friday, February 10, 2012
NASA press kit). The next 50 years saw 199 flights, 188 of which were successful. The Centaur was used in the 7 Surveyor Moon missions, the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory, the Mariners 6 and 9 missions to Mars, Pioneers 10 and 11 which explored the outer planets, Mariner 11's exploration of Venus, the Viking Mars missions, Cassini to Saturn, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory, New Horizons to Pluto, Juno to Jupiter, and it slammed LCROSS into the Moon. It was used on the X-37B spaceplane and four RL10's were used on the DC-X Delta Clipper. (The latter were not Centaur's but I had to throw them in. See PW's RL-10 Fact Sheet). The Centaur was also used for Intelsat, NOAA's GOES and the Navy's FLTSATCOM comm satellites. Next Thursday, the Centaur will be used to orbit the Navy's MUOS-1 mobile communications satellite.
The Centaur and RL-10 have certainly evolved over the years, adding 2 engine versions and restart capabilities. The MUOS-1 mission will make history with the 200th flight but will also see another step in the Centaur's evolution. To get 1000lb more lift capability, the Centaur will perform three burns. You can follow Thursday's launch in Spaceflight Now's Mission Status Center.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Sascha - It appears all the animals down there are badass.
R2K - Hey, you're right. I didn't notice that there are no videos from the latest Stig flight. Maybe when Armadillo updates their news page?
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
The Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor was a mixed-propulsion prototype interceptor aircraft, developed by Republic Aviation. The aircraft would use a jet engine for most flight, and a cluster of four small rocket engines for added thrust during climb and interception. The design was largely obsolete by the time it was completed due to the rapidly increasing performance of contemporary jet engines, and was built to the extent of two prototypes only. One of these was the first US fighter to exceed Mach 1 in level flight.Versions of the XLR11 motor also powered the Bell X-1, the Dryden Lifting Bodies, and the first X-15.
4 × Reaction Motors XLR11-RM-9 rocket, 1,500 lbf (7 kN) each [LOX?Ethyl Alcohol]
- Shark-eating shark snapped in Australia - Short Sharp Science
- Joyeux anniversaire, Jules Verne! - Smithsonian Libraries - Happy 189th!
- More on Armadillo STIG-A flight - RLV and Space Transport News - Mostly a pointer to Space.com's article. Don't think there is much there that I haven't already seen. But, in case you missed my earlier posts (and other related news items)....
- New Mexico Senate Kills Additional Spaceflight Liability Protection Bill - ParabolicArc - The bill would have extended protection to suppliers. Sen. Lisa Curtis, D-Albuquerque said, "A company’s negligence could kill a six passengers on a space flight, but the business would have no liability under the bill." Yeah, that doesn't sound good. Maybe the bill can be re-written to provide some protection(?).
VC (venture capitalist) and avid sport rocketeer Steve Jurvetson has the desire and means to fill his workspace with space artifacts. Follow the link above to see the photos or visit his Flickr album.
Here's the latest, "... the red hotline Gemini / Apollo interphones used by the USAF frogmen after capsule spashdown to communicate with the astronauts inside."
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
- MIT`16 EA Tube Goes to Near Space - YouTube - A 16-year-old accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched her admissions letter 91,000 feet to the edge of space and videotaped its journey. The video's description gives all the tech details.
- You can find how other MIT acceptees hacked their tubes.
- TMT Certifies AeroTech Dark Matter and Propellant X Loads - Rocketry On-Line
- 1971 McDonnell Douglas Shuttle Concepts - The Unwanted Blog
- Hurling Molten Metal - The Unwanted Blog - The video is worth a look.
Monday, February 06, 2012
- Masten's Xaero extended hover test - RLV and Space Transport (video)
- X-1 pilots including Neil Armstrong - xplanes
- Super Bowl 2012 Commercials: Watch All of Them Here - Mashable - At least 54 of them. I didn't see the ads for the movie Battleship or Audi's LED headlights (the Vampire ad) in there. But, I could have missed them. I found this Battleship trailer and it is appended to one of the Coke ads. But, the trailer I saw during the Superbowl was different (and better).
- Building, flying, and attempting to recover a 98mm min. dia. rocket - High Power Rocketry
- In thrust I trust - Although the point of this TRF thread was the pressure component of a rocket motor's thrust, it includes discussion and reference links for the whole shebang. A nice review of the subject.
- Technical References for Parachute and Recovery Systems - This TRF thread provides a link to the "definitive reference for parachute design and construction."
Sunday, February 05, 2012
- SpaceX Falcon 9 modroc kit via Steve Jurvetson's Flickr stream - At first I wanted one but then I felt, "meh, I have too many LPR rockets as it is." Now, I'm intrigued by the removable, "unbreakable" fins.
- Roy Buchanan - Live from Austin, TX - YouTube - This excellent (in content and quality)but long video was recorded on Austin City Limits in 1976. Roy was the best guitar player you (might) never have heard of.
- “…For every military pilot knew where the apex of..." - x-planes - Captain Charles E. Yeager's account of his Bell X-1 flight, dated 14 October, 1947. Have no doubt that he had "the right stuff."
Saturday, February 04, 2012
From the left: AIM-9B, AIM-9J, AIM-26B, AIM-4C.
The AIM-9J or RB24J in Sweden was first built in the US as an AIM-9B and delivered to Sweden. In the 1970's the front parts of these missiles where returned to the US to be upgraded into AIM-9J standard. The Swedish sidewinders where hence built in the US but the AIM-9J has later gotten a Swedish built laser proximity fuse.
The Falcon missiles where all built under license in Sweden
Friday, February 03, 2012
Thanks to the efforts of rec.aviation.military usenet readers, the consensus is this missile is a combination of a Nike Ajax booster (bottom half) and a B57 bomb (top half). It probably never flew as shown, but rather was put together because it looked cool.
- Mavericks, Paton Group, and Inspirtech to open 5 Space Education Research Centers, ROL - "The Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, The Paton Group, and Inspirtech LLC today announce the formation of a strategic alliance whose mission is to establish a Space Education Research Center ("SERC") located in 5 regional centers throughout California over the next 5 years."
- Destination Station Brings the Space Experience Home, NASA - A travelling exhibition on the ISS.
- Madcow goes big with the 8", all fiberglass Mega Cowabunga.
- The Canadian Rocketry Association announces the certification of the CTI Pro130 O25,000 Vmax, ROL - Discovery Science should sponsor a drag race at this year's LDRS!
- AIRBORNE LAUNCH ASSIST SPACE ACCESS (ALASA), DARPA - Another air-launch initiative.
- A giant rocket nosecone made from sonotube, High Power Rocketry - Photo and pointer to a TRF thread. I think I've posted about this before but it's neat and I'd rather repeat myself than go check. I've done this on a small scale.
Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth - Blue Marble 2012, a photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.
Click through for more info and a higher resolution version.
Here's a photo of the flip side.
And, here's an infographic on how the image was formed.
(I used the term 'viral' in the title because, in one day, this became the most viewed image on GSFC's Flickr stream.)
Thursday, February 02, 2012
ARMADILLO PR — Following detailed analysis of the downlinked telemetry and audio/video recordings from both ground based cameras and a camera that was recovered from the rocket, Armadillo Aerospace has determined that the maximum altitude attained by the STIG-A rocket in the January 28th mission was approximately 82-km MSL (~50 miles).
A failure of the ballute (balloon-parachute) recovery system meant that the GPS steerable main parachute could not be deployed as intended. The vehicle was recovered within the predicted operating area and the nose cone and ballute were separately recovered intact on the Spaceport property.
The next incremental step for Armadillo Aerospace will be a 100-km (~62 miles) plus “space shot” with the successor vehicle STIG-B which is provisionally scheduled to launch in early spring from Spaceport America.
(See more description and photos on ParabolicArc. There is even more at Spaceport America)
- More Winter? Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow, Live Science - I wonder what 6 more weeks of winter means when you hardly have had any already? My prognostication is that we'll have 9 extra days of coldish temperatures and the rest will be unseasonably warm. Further, there will be one non-shovelable snow event.
- Artwork transferring - painting tutorial #6 - This one is worth filing away...and it might be worth your time to find #s 1-5. I now remember doing this as a kid (and probably when my kids were kids). However, I totally forgot about it and never used it on a rocket. Note: you still have to be able to paint within the lines.
- A Swarm of nano Quadrotors (Video) - I had ignored the latest video from the world of quadrotors until a friend poked me about them. What popped to mind was a remake of Hitchcock's The Birds with the birds being replaced with a huge swarm of errant quadrotors.
- Martin Orbit Project (1946), Retro Mechanix - The rocket is a refinement of the earlier High Altitude Test Vehicle and appears to be V-2 derived. The latter is my thought only since I didn't read much of the article. File under "for future reference."
- NASA | Riding on a Sounding Rocket - Ground to 178 miles and back in four and a half minutes. YouTube video found via R2K (check his post for a description an two other videos).
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 8:00am - Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 5:00pm
A test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft soon will make a cross-country journey, giving residents in three states the chance to see a full scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deep space.
The crew module will make stops during a trip from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The planned landing at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala will be from Feb 2-5. Engineers, program officials, astronauts and NASA spokespeople will be available to speak with the media and the public.
The full-scale test vehicle was used by ground crews in advance of the launch abort system flight test that took place in New Mexico in 2010. Orion will serve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, and the first orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014.
To see photos of the pad abort test, click here
- SpaceX tests the new SuperDraco Engine, Rocketry Blog - Eight of these restartable, throttleable engines will be used in the Dragon capsule's launch escape system.
- Navy training film on "Basic Mechanisms in [mechanical] in Fire Control Computers" circa 1953 (LONG) - Shafts, cams and gears, oh my! Via Retro Mechanix - Flying Missiles CAN be Stopped!
- How NASA Solved a $100 Million Problem for Five Bucks, Gizmodo - It appears you can't read digital displays when you shake at 10 - 12 Hz. When Ares I had this problem, NASA thought it would cost 100's of millions to fix it. However, a clever engineer realized that, if you strobed the display at the frequency of vibration, the screen was clear. Problem solved for $5 (or so). The bad news (?): Ares was cancelled. The good news: This technique is probably applicable to future rockets. The article includes a video demo.
- NASA Vehicle Power Interface for Hubble Space Telescope. 3 racks of equipment for only $75K on ebay. I wonder how the seller got this? Hat tip to Sascha Grant.