I'm taking advantage of the great weather to paint the POS SPEV build. Keeping with the trashy nature of the beast, I laid on a coat of Rustoleum gloss black directly onto the untreated tube. I'll sand down the fuzz and repeat. And repeat. It won't be smooth but it will fly. Meanwhile:
Plans to actually orbit an unmanned capsule in 2014 (hopefully). .Days of Future Passed?
How they would have done it in 1932:
DARPA fighter based satellite launcher. Love that push-me-pull-you design.
The sun rise over the Expedition 39 pre-flight: