Saturday, October 25, 2014

135,000 foot parachute jump

"In the early hours of October 24, 2014, Alan Eustice, the 57-year-old Vice President of Google Search, made a record-breaking skydive from 135,890 feet, falling faster than the speed of sound and breaking the world altitude record set just two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

At dawn he was lifted from an abandoned runway at Roswell airport by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium. For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended to an altitude of more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ISS illuminated by powerful laser and filmed

"This extraordinary video clip was recorded at ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS) at about 19:05 UTC on 8 October 2014 as the station illuminated the ISS with a 3.6-Watt 532-nm green laser, used for testing next-gen optical communication technologies. The video clearly shows the ISS bathed in green light as it is tracked by the OGS through the 4-minute pass at an altitude of about 420 km."


Monday, October 6, 2014

Operation Crossroads Shot Able Target Ship

Painted orange for visibility. Shot was significantly off target and ship survived until the next shot.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First four attempts at rocketry videos

Clearly the Draco is perfect for this purpose and the 38mm Thunderbolt is not! Acme fin cans are fun because they often introduce a bit of spin, and there is nothing wrong with that in a non-video rocket. All of these videos were taken with a very cheap (ca. $15) spy camera from ebay. I have yet to invest more money in videos, but eventually it would be nice to get a good camera like a GoPro Hero or the like. The Draco is rather limited as to altitude; even a 29mm I motor won't get it much past 3,000 feet. That is one benefit to using the Thunderbolt; 38mm J motors and flights beyond 5,000 feet.

In any event, these are tentative first steps into video rocketry. If you have any tips or videos of your own, share in the comments.