Monthly Archive: January 2016

Jan 18 2016

Count me in…

From Spaceweather.com. They don’t provide links, so I’ll quote the article in its entirety: SOLAR ECLIPSE BALLOON NETWORK: Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have developed a balloon payload that can photograph solar eclipses from the stratosphere. This sets the stage for a one-of-a-kind photography experiment: On August 21, 2017, the Moon …

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Jan 18 2016

More spacesuit issues

NASA Investigating Another Water Intrusion into Spacesuit During EVA. A little bit behind the curve here, since it happened during the spacewalk on Friday, but whattayagonnado? Cassidy said the size of the bubble (a half-inch wide and 2-3 inches long) and the fact that the HAP was “squishy” were troubling, but “for me the big …

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Jan 18 2016

SpaceX didn’t ask me, but…

Well, the no-news from “Just Read the Instructions” was that the booster stuck the landing, but a bit too hard for at least one of the landing struts: Is it me, or does the booster look like it buckled a bit in the middle? The booster may have landed harder than they planned. I don’t …

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Jan 17 2016

Live blogging the Jason-3 launch and booster recovery

Time (Pacific local) Event 1055 Well, I have to head out the door to take my daughter to a cheer competition (she was the one videoing from our back patio). I’ll follow up on the booster landing when I get back. BOOO to SpaceX for cutting off their Web cast without news from “Just Read …

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Jan 14 2016

Sierra Nevada gets a piece of the CRS-2 pie

NASA awards ISS cargo transport contracts. SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, and Orbital ATK all were winners, with 6 cargo flights to the ISS guaranteed for each. The agency applied knowledge gained from the first commercial resupply contracts with Orbital ATK and SpaceX and required a number of key enhancements for these contracts. This includes starting with …

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Jan 13 2016

Hey, that’s the MUOS testing I did in Fort Bragg!!

US Navy Evaluation Of General Dynamics Mission Systems AN/PRC-155 Manpack Connects With MUOS. Instead of using this picture in the article: or this one: I think they should have used this one: But maybe they wanted to downplay the male supermodel approach. Hmmmm….probably a good call on their part…

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Jan 13 2016

Wait…an Airstream can do what?

Embry-Riddle Mobile Space Habitat Enables Students to Conduct Research and Experiments in Extreme Environments. I wonder if NASA thinks, “That’s a real beauty…”

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Jan 13 2016

To live-blog, or to try to get a picture?

That is the question… SpaceX Going For Offshore Barge Landings For Their Next Several Falcon-9 Launches. If it is a clear day, I can sometimes see the contrails from launches at Vandenburg from my house. The Jason-3 launch might make for an interesting picture from my house if the conditions are right. Then again, I …

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Jan 12 2016

Latest from Pluto

When one has spent the last week and a half gallivanting about eating bon-bons and such, it always pays to swing by NASA’s New Horizons page because there is usually something cool there. I was not disappointed: ‘X’ Marks a Curious Corner on Pluto’s Icy Plains. They postulate that big chunks of liquid nitrogen slowly …

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Jan 12 2016

Work-life balance is not

Holy crap, what a couple of weeks it has been. You can tell my work-life balance is completely out of whack when I go more than a couple of days withoutte. The past few weeks I’ve been the Capture Manager on a major proposal with a crazy, compressed schedule. Essentially, when I haven’t been sleeping, …

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