Saturday, March 30, 2013

World's lightest material - carbon aerogel

As with everything out of China, I would take this with a grain of carbon until the actual density has been confirmed.  The claim is a density of .16 milligrams per CC.

If you are interested in aerogels, visit for more information.  And check out these heart shaped aerogels:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nosecone art

Getting ideas for my level 4 certification...

More painted nosecones here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

LEO - Low Earth Orbit Spaceflight Mission Simulator

It is very exciting to announce the release of this new aerospace app. As cheap as I am, and as new as I may be to the world of smartphones, it is really telling that this would be my first download to the new android phone.

Doug, the creator of LEO, explains the purpose of this "game" in greater detail in this brief PDF. Simply put, if we are to earn our future in space, we will need plenty of astronauts, plenty of young people who are both willing and able to understand complex space issues like orbital dynamics. This software offers a fun and educational way to learn about spaceflight. Edutainment one might say?  In any event, this may be a game, but it is not always easy.  Like real spaceflight, this will take some practice and skill to master.  Proportional to the effort, however, is the reward to be had from succeeding at simulated space missions.

"LEO – Low Earth Orbit is a 2D Spaceflight Mission Simulator that lets you fly a spacecraft in orbit. From basic tasks such as launch, orbital maneuvering and landing you’ll graduate to advanced missions such as Space Station rendezvous, astronaut rescue and dodging space debris. Then, to wrap it up you’ll get to blast some debris with missiles (a stupid but fun pastime!). Wrapped together with comprehensive briefings and training material, those that master LEO will be rewarded with an in-your-bones understanding of the basics of orbital flight. Available for the iPad and Android tablets."

You can get LEO from the following sources:

For the iPad at iTunes
For Android at Google Play
For Android/Kindle Fire at Amazon

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Saturn V F1 engine recovered from the ocean floor

"The thrust chamber of one of five first stage F-1 rocket engines used to launch one of NASA's mighty Saturn V rocket on a historic Apollo moon mission is seen on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean in this Bezos Expeditions image. Billionaire Jeff Bezos financed the expedition."

Friday, March 15, 2013

North Korea attacks a tiny barren island at sea

"North Korea's artillery sub-units, whose mission is to strike Daeyeonpyeong island and Baengnyeong island of South Korea, conduct a live shell firing drill to examine war fighting capabilities in the western sector of the front line, in this picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang March 14, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and military officers attended the live shell firing drill."

As much as I hope for a happy ending, particularly for the people of NK who have suffered enough... half of me wants to see this thing settled with the utter destruction of the NK army and military leadership. That reflects poorly on their PR machine...

Official Website

Monday, March 4, 2013

Vintage Film Posters From The 50's and 60's

"They came from outer space to invade the Earth, and my bed!"

"See the first gun battle in space, and the first chicken-celery aspic meal prepared in a space kitchen."

"Beatniks in spacenik!"

Friday, March 1, 2013

Nice slideshow of some 1970's space stations

"In the mid-1970s, to a visionary few, space colonies seemed like the future of humanity. One of the colony types deemed feasible was the cylinder colony, here shown in a double-cylinder version envisioned by Gerard O'Neill, a Princeton physicist."

Discover Magazine