Friday, December 25, 2009

FAA Says Report UFOS to Bigelow Aerospace

Robert Bigelow is out to change how we do business in and out of the atmosphere. Bigelow Aerospace has two inflatible test space stations in orbit already - Genesis 1 and 2. He eventually wants to put a hotel in earth orbit.

His other company - Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) - is collecting UFO and unexplained phenomena information. (Voice: 1-877-979-7444 or email: Reporting@baass.org).

Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies is set up as a research organization that focuses on identification, evaluation, and acquisition of novel and emerging future technologies worldwide as the relate specifically to spacecraft. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. BAASS is always on the lookout for experienced scientists to join their research teams. They are hiring astrophysics, biochemists, microbiologists, nanotechnolgists, physicists, and propulsion and stealth technology experts. Just as long you can qualify for secret and top secret clearances and must be willing to submit to a thorough background check. Plus - travel nationally and internationally may be required.

While BAASS has be operating for most of 2009, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued on December 10, 2009, instructions to contact BAASS if you are a pilot or air traffic controller and you have witness a Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).


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REF. GIZMODO.com, Jesus Diaz (http://gizmodo.com/5430338/faa-issues-order-on-ufo-sightings).
Bigelow Aerospace (http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/careers/)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Imperial Star Destroyer Size Triangle UFO over Kremlin


From a link through Coast to Coast AM, I found this Telegraph article about this HUGE triangle UFO videotaped over the Russian Capital. In fact, it was compared to in size by the witnesses to the Imperial Star Destroyer in the movie Star Wars. It hovered over the Russian capital for several hours.

The two seperate video clips have been combined into one on the Telegraph webpage. These clips have been shown on Russian television news channels.

There was a spot in the video where I though it was actually being fired upon. But it could have been passing street light reflection on the car window.

There is not much information on this as of yet. But check out the actual link below.

UPDATE (December 20, 2009): Two new news articles have come to my attention and those links are posted below in the Ref section. Both come from The Examiner as well as the still photograph that went with the December 19th article.

And the news just gets better and better. Seems like the Russian "Imperial Star Destroyer" triangle was witness on the same day as the mysterious Norway spiral light show. Alfred L. Webre offers some explanations (other than the conventional failed missile one). The major alternative - scientifically based - alternatives are so far:

(1) Extraterrestrial. Extraterrestrial civilization causing both the giant UFO pyramid over the Kremlin and the failure of the Russian Bulava missile (i.e the Norway ligth spiral), as a context communication message tot he Russian military establishment to cease its development of intercontinental missiles.

(2) HAARP. HAARP, the space-base weapon of mass destruction, caused the electromagnetic plasma light show over Norway on the eve of President Barrack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech either as a warning to the American President, or as a possible Project Blue Beam mass psychological conditioner assuming that Obama is a part of the corporate new world order. As for the Kremlin pyramid UFO. It too could be a part of Project Blue Beam artificial electromagnetic or plasma artifact under this hypothesis.

(3) Other Interpretations. Those include a wormhole opening up while other think that it could be connected somehow to the recent high-energy experiments undertaken at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

Now quoting Dr. Michael Salla, Ph.D, on his December 19th article, he had the following to say about these events.

"The dating of the Pyramid UFO sighting by Pravda appears to be a deliberate fabrication. This is revealed by a number of Western media reports dating the sighting to December 9, and Russia Today news story that was posted on Youtube on December 11. In the absence of any official report on the UFO pyramid, Pravda’s report appears to be a disinformation effort by mixing a fabricated date of the pyramid UFO sighting with more compelling evidence that it was widely seen and filmed in Moscow. The disinformation effort appears intended disassociate the Moscow pyramid UFO sighting with the Norway light spiral on December 9 apparently caused by a failed Russian missile."

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Ref. Telegraph UK, December 19, 2009. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/6837200/UFO-pyramid-reported-over-Kremlin.html).
This blog, December 9, 2009. Blue Spiral Light Show is mystery by Shanksow. (http://aerospacedreams.blogspot.com/2009/12/blue-spiral-light-show-is-mystery.html).

UFO Document Research by Richard M. Dolan


I came across this posting that outlined 12 government documents that shows that the U.S. government does take UFO events very seriously.

There are some surprises for me in looking over that article. I personally had not heard of the March 4, 1988 U.S. Coast Guard encounter. That incident took place near Eastland, Ohio.

Visit that website and read the information there. The link is below.
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Ref. (http://keyholepublishing.com/Leading-UFO-Documents.html).
image is off Google search for UFO pictures.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

West Texas UFO - A Hoax

West Texas UFO turns out to be hoax. Thorntonville, Texas was the scene. A small town outside of Monahans, Texas. MUFON investigated the incident. Called it a "tall tale."

Follow the link below to view the news report.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Long Delayed, Boeing 787 Dreamliner First Flight


If all goes well, then December 15, 2009, will be the day that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft takes flight for the first time. If successful, this lead aircraft and six others will go through a six month test program flying around the clock.

That first flight being two and a half years late. And cost Boeing some of orders for their product. But so far, 840 orders are still on the books for the aircraft giant.

Boeing is hoping that it can really make this 80% composite material of carbon and titanium aircraft the most fuel efficient airliner out there on the market today.

Wheels up is expected to be 10 am Pacific time assuming good visibility and decent weather. It will be a four hour flight from the plant north of Seattle and travelling over Puget Sound and over Washington state. The first 787 should be certified and delivered to Japan's All Nippon Airways next year.

Airbus also has a lightweight aircraft in development. Its A350 will also be made of carbon-composite materials.

The other civilian Airbus product, the A380 double decker airliner; is limited by the number of airports in the world that can handle that aircraft. Recently, the A400M military transport finally took flight for the first time as well.

Construction issues for this new building material for a vehicle of this size was partly responsible for the delays. Shortage of parts and the two-month long strike last year didn't help things.

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Ref. BBC, December 15, 2009. "Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares for first flight" (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8413466.stm).
Reuters, December 15, 2009. "Boeing set for first flight of 787" by Kyle Peterson. (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BE20720091215).
This Blog, December 11, 2009. "Airbus A400M Military Transport First Flight" (http://aerospacedreams.blogspot.com/2009/12/airbus-a400m-military-transport-first.html).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Taking Back our Space Program


Please follow the link below and read this article about "Taking Back our Space Program" posted on Space Frontier (dot) org.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Airbus A400M Military Transport First Flight


Well, it finally took-off for its first flight today. Its a little bit bigger than the Lockheed C-130 with more powerful turboprop engines than the Herky bird.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gray Eagles Film by Chris Woods


For someone who loves aviation. For someone who loves World War Two Warbirds. For someone who had a relative in that conflict or not. This is a MUST WATCH video.

You don't get a tear in your eye - your not human!

P-51 Mustang Pilot and filmaker Chris Woods has put together a wonderful film that captures the emotional reunion between a humble WWII Mustang ace (Jim Brooks) and the historic plane he thought he'd never see again. Jim Brooks is 88-years old in this film and shares stories of his World War Two experience with his three grandchildren.

Wood's interviews with Brooks, his grandchildren, and other airmen who were touched by the Mustang's role in history are cut together to create a compelling narrative that is framed in stunning high-definition photography.

See the link below to view this beautiful film.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blue Spiral Light Show is a Mystery


The Blue Spiral of Light. It's not a new form of the Aurora Borealis (aka The Northern Lights) that has Norway trying to figure out just what int he hell is going on here.

And on top of that, a bean of light shot 'out of' the center of light to the ground. Looking at the attached pictures to this article, one would naturally think that it might be some sort of laser light show.

The article states that the blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain near the city of Tromso, in the northern part of Norway. The light stopped in mid-air, then began to move around in circles. Seconds later, a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. From the center of which, a green-blue beam of light shot out from the center of the spiral that lasted for ten to twelve minutes before the light show ended.

Tromso air traffic control stated that the light show lasted far too long to be an astronomical phenomenon.

Norwegian defense spokesman Jon Espen Lien thought the lights were from a Russian missile test. He claimed that the Russians frequently use the White Sea and the Barents Sea for missile tests.

Tromso Geophysical Observatory researcher Truls Lynne Hansen agreed with Mr. Lien saying that the missile had veered out of control and was remote detonation. And that the Spiral was just light reflecting on the leaking fuel.

But the Russians claimed that they had not been conducting missile tests in that area.

UPDATE: December 10, 2009: From Closing Velocity (see link below). Most likely this is indeed a failed Russian ballistic missile test. Quote: MOSCOW — Russia's error-prone Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile has suffered its eight failure in 12 tests, the Defense Ministry said Thursday, dealing another blow to Kremlin hopes that the sea-based weapon would become a cornerstone of its nuclear arsenal.

Officials had hoped military contracts for the submarine-launched missile could be negotiated next year, but the high-profile botches look likely to derail those plans. The Bulava is Russia's answer to the American Space Defense program.

But I want to point out the following description. "The article states that the blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain near the city of Tromso, in the northern part of Norway. The light stopped in mid-air, then began to move around in circles. Seconds later, a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. From the center of which, a green-blue beam of light shot out from the center of the spiral that lasted for ten to twelve minutes before the light show ended." (italics and red my own). Please note when the 'beam' shot out of the spiral. It doesn't 'ring' right with me as just a simple missile test. Its just something else I think. But the failed missile test will be the official cover story for this event - of that I am sure of.


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Ref. Daily Mail December 9, 2009 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1234430/Mystery-spiral-blue-light-display-hovers-Norway.html).
Picture from same article.
Jawa Report also had the same information with a political slant to it.(http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/199923.php).

Monday, December 7, 2009

Virgin Space Ship (VSS) ENTERPRISE!



Sir Richard Branson - founder of Virgin Galactic, and Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShip 2 (SS2) revealed that ship to the public today.

This is a big milestone for Virgin Galactic's mission to be the first civilian commercial space line.

SS2 draws a great deal from its history from SpaceShip1(SS1) that had its first successful flight in 2004. SS1 won the famous Ansari X-Prize for completing the world's first manned private space flight. SS2 can carry 6 passengers and 2 pilot astronauts into sub-orbital flight.

The unvealing took place at the Mojave Air and Spaceport.

The flight profile will have SS2 attached to the White Knight 2 carrier craft nickname EVE after Sir Branson's mother. The WK2 will carry the SS2 up to 50,000 feet before it is dropped and fires off her rocket motors.

What I found special about this article is the news of what they intend to name this first spaceliner... Governors Schwarzenegger of California, and Governor Richardson of New Mexico, christened the SS2 as the Virgin Space Ship (VSS) ENTERPRISE. This is in line with the tradition of using the word Enterprise in the naming of Royal Navy, US Navy, NASA spacecraft - and of course of a certain science fiction tv series.


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Ref. Commercial space watch, December 7, 2009. (http://www.comspacewatch.com/news/viewpr.rss.html?pid=29757).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Next December 7th for the World



Take a brief look at the article posted by Alan Caruba entitled, "UN Climate Treaty: A Sneak Attack on Humanity."

December 7, 1941 vs. December 7, 2009.

The first attack took place in Hawaii at a place known as Pearl Harbor. The USA got its ass kicked up 'tween its ears. But we dusted ourselves off and began to fight World War Two. It took four years to mount the successful comeback.

The second December 7th will be taking place at Copenhagen. There, the world is looking forward to the U.S. President to sign some paperwork and thus they would then be able to "pick" America's pockets at will. Plus they will then think that their rules will over ride our Constitution.

So, what is the difference between Franklin D. Roosevelt and our current boy wonder-Barrack H. Obama. Well, FDR decided to fight back and BHO will surrender the USA up front without a fight.

Even after the release of those emails that now show Global Heating to be a sham. Anyway, check out Caruba's article for more information.


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REf. (http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2009/12/un-climate-treaty-next-sneak-attack.html)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Spaceships using Dark Matter or Black Holes - Maybe


Two different proposals by three different physicists have come to light recently.

New York University physicist Jia Liu has suggested using dark matter in a manner like a jet engine in order propellel a future spacecraft to other star systems.

Then from Kansas State University, Louis Crane, and Shawn Westmoreland; believe that miniature black holes would be a better power source.

And so far, the telegraph article points out, there doesn't seem to be anything in the present understanding of physics that would rule either of these proposals out. So states New Scientist.

The black hole proposal would have a huge parabolic reflector behind it, and then putting a small black hole at its focus. The "Hawking radiation" given off by the black hole as it slowly converts its mass into energy would push the spacecraft to near light speed within a few decades. This would bring Proxima Centauri at 4.2 light years away - in more reasonable reach of humanity.

As far as Mr. Liu's proposal of using dark matter, he is suggesting a spacecraft have a large intake at the front end with which to scoop up dark matter particles. If theory holds up, then the neutralinos particles would annihilate each other on contact, they could be forced into a bax at the back of the spacecraft which would fire the energy rearwards like a jet engine. The faster the ship travels, the more neutralinos it would pick up, and the faster it would accelerate. Mr. Liu thinks that the ship could reach near-light speed in just a matter of days.

Of course, dark matter brings up other problems. It would need densely area is 26,000 light years away in the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Also, neutralinos barely interact with ordinary matter. Holding that dark matter would require new - and currently unknown material science.

And as any true Star Trek fan can tell you, Romulan use artifical quantum singularities to power their huge D'deridex - class warbirds.

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Telegraph.co.uk. "Future spaceships powered by black holes and dark matter" By Tom Chivers November 26, 2009. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/6662603/Future-spaceships-powered-by-black-holes-and-dark-matter.html).
Picture of Romulan Warbird from Star Trek the Next Generation (http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/scans/romulans1.htm)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Climategate Fun Video

Lets have a bit of fun with climategate!

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Hack Heard Around the World-Global Warming is all Fake!

Thanks to some cyber hacker who thinks of themself( or themselves) as some sort of cyber Batman - a bombshell on what (for now) appears to be the greatest myth of our times...

Global Warming is all Fake!

The information comes from a Stephen McIntrye of Climate Audit who broke the story about the cyber batman breaking into the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (otherwise known as Hadley CRU). The recovered emails that came from Hadley CRU include personal exchanges were posted on the internet on Thursday.

BBC states that the shere volume of this information that all the material cannot be confimred as genuine as of yet.

As Michelle Malkin states on her blog: First things first: The alleged hackers need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

That said: The crimes revealed in the e-mails promise to be the global warming scandal of the century — and have massive bearing on the climate change legislation being considered by our lawmakers here at home.

Also quoting from her blog, this segiment that was in a blue box: When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at Hadley CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:

Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.

One of the alleged emails has a gentle gloat over the death in 2004 of John L Daly (one of the first climate change sceptics, founder of the Still Waiting For Greenhouse site), commenting:
“In an odd way this is cheering news.”

But perhaps the most damaging revelations – the scientific equivalent of the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal – are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause.

For further information, please visit her website for the rest of the article.

As for myself - I lived through the times when folks thought the Earth was warming up and then in the 1970s-80s, it was cooling down to another ice age, then in the 1990s it was back to warming up again. And I see former vice president Al Gore getting rich(er) over trying to spread the word about Global Warming and pushing the carbon credits con game whereby he'll get even richer as I understand it.

Plus the fact that for some reason, those who "believe in" Global Warming have been doing it so long now that it is almost a religion to them now. Also, those who support that point of view also appear to me to be trying to cripple the United States of America, get rich for themselves and enriching other countries while screwing the US citizen out of existence.

I debated with myself if this story should go on my other blog (www.theshanksdimension.com) or on this one. I finally decided on this one since I had not updated it in a while.

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Re. Michelle Malkin (http://michellemalkin.com/2009/11/20/the-global-warming-scandal-of-the-century/).
BBC

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Superaviator Mini-Sub



Check out the article by Caroline Graham on the Daily Mail website.

The white mini-sub is airplane-like and is 22ft long with a 12.2 foot wingspan. Has a weight of 3,800 lbs. Top speed is 6 knots (but can be boosted to 7.9 knots with thrusters). It is electric powered.

Former U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarine commander, Captain Alfred McLaren said the following about this vehicle, "This is to underwater exploration what the first Wright Brothers plane was to commercial flight."

The sub can dive down to a depth of over 1,000ft at a top speed of six knots. So far, the deepest it has travel is down to 1250 feet down. It is intended to explore the limits of the continental shelves where marine archaeologists would look for ancient ship wrecks, etc. The pilots are encased in one of two cockpit 'pods', which are pressurised spaces topped with thick Perspex domes allowing for a 360-degree view underwater.

Quote: 'This submersible represents a revolution in underwater adventure and exploration. Most subs go up and down using a ballast system, similar to a hot-air balloon. They have limited manoeuvrability and range. Then you have unmanned subs, but they are normally tethered to a mother ship.

'This craft offers a freedom of movement never seen before. It's built along the principles of flight, with thrust, lift and drag allowing you to "fly" beneath the waves. It has wings and a joystick to bank like an aeroplane and it can turn and curve at will. Plus the visibility is much better than with scuba diving. You're not loaded down with heavy gear and you don't have to exert yourself physically in the way you do on a dive. Our sub has the ability to cover large areas for hours at a time without fatigue or decompression worries.

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Ref: DailyMail, November 10, 2009. by Caroline Graham. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1225515/Its-plane-sailing-The-Super-Aviator-sub-action.html#ixzz0WZDLDiXD).
www.subaviators.com.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shipment of first two Soyuz to French Guiana Anounched


Arianespace announched the shipment of the first two Soyuz vehicles from Russia to their (Arianespace) Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, will bring that company closer to its next major expansion of its growing commercial launcher family.

The Soyuz 2-1a launcher versions have been loaded onboard the MN Colibri, a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship which has now departed the Russian port city of St. Petersburg for the two week crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to South America.

It is expected that these two Soyuz's will be launched in 2010. Arianespace uses the Kourou, French Guiana spaceport, to launch their heavy-lift Ariane 5 booster.

For this, its maiden ocean voyage with Soyuz, the MN Colibri is loaded with a total of some 50 containers. Each three-stage launch vehicle is divided into 10 containers, which carry the four first-stage strap-on boosters, its Block A core stage (which is transported in two segments), the Block I third stage, the Fregat upper stage and the Soyuz 2-1a’s ST-type payload fairing (shipped in two separate half-shells). Also, there is a quantity of refined kerosene propellant for the launcher’s strap-on boosters, as well as its Block A and Block I stages; along with UDMH, N2O4 and hydrazine for its Fregat upper stage.

Cargo for these two Soyuz launchers is the HYLAS telecommunications satellite for Avanti Communications Group plc., and the French CNES space agency’s Pléiades Earth observation satellite.

Launching from the Spaceport in French Guiana, the Soyuz is capable of carrying telecommunications satellites weighing up to three metric tons on missions to geostationary orbit. The vehicle also is well tailored for the lofting of medium-sized scientific, Earth observation and constellation spacecraft on flights to low Earth orbit, medium Earth orbit and on Earth escape trajectories.

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REf. Arianespace.com press release (http://www.arianespace.com/news-soyuz-vega/2009/2009_11_07.asp).
(http://www.comspacewatch.com/news/viewpr.rss.html?pid=29584).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"V" is Back


"V" is Back - this time on ABC and an update retelling of Aliens who appear as human in the beginning, but are really lizards in human disguise who wants to use humans as livestock. Oh, and in the original mini-series of the same name(created by Kenneth Johnson back in 1984); they also need our water.

But doing some websurfing today before going to visit some friends tonight for the broadcast of this new version, I came across this story in the Chicago Tribune, written by Glenn Garvin; 'V' aims at Obamamania. Take a look at the first two paragraphs:

Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.

The news media swoons in admiration -- one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: "Why don't you show some respect?!" The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader's origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: "Embracing change is never easy."


Glenn Garvin states later on in his article the following: 'it's also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president's supporters and delight his detractors.' I will cross link this to my other blog as well - The Shanks Dimension (http://www.theshanksdimension.com/).

This new version of "V" is suppose to focus on Erica Evans, a Homeland Security officer who has a son that just loves the idea of working with the aliens. And like in the original V, there will be other story lines as well. This might very well turn into another "V" tv series. If it does, lets hope it gets the same type of revamp that "Battlestar Galactica" got.

Image above is of the 'new' Vistor's vessels arriving on earth.

UPDATE: Now having viewed the first episode of the new (possible) TV series, the main complaint I heard my fellow viewers talk about was the fast pace of 'discovering' the aliens true nature. Also, the character of Erica Evans is a FBI agent. And her partner - it turns out - is one of the aliens who have been here on earth for years. As in part of a 5th column type agent.

I will also add that the "motherships" hovering over Earth's major cities are now shown to be like triangle shape colony ships.
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Ref. Chicago Tribune, November 3, 2009. "'V' aims at Obamamania" by Glenn Garvin. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-tc-tvcolumn-v-1102-1103nov03,0,7062976.story).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nuclear Power Spaceship to Fly to Mars - Russia Hopes!


Russia wants to build a new nuclear-powered spaceship for prospective manned space missions to the planet Mars and other more distant planets. So states Anatoly Perminov - Russian space chief stated on October 29th.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has backed the project and is urging the government to find the money needed to back the project.

These remarks were posted on the Russian space agency website. Perminov said that the nuclear spaceship preliminary design work could be done by 2012. It would take an additional 9-10 years to build the spacecraft and cost 17 billion rubles, which equal to about $600 million US dollars. The nuclear reactor that will be on this ship would be in the Megawatt power range. And the engines to be powered by this reactor would be a electric rocket engine. So says Igor Lisov who is a Moscow-base expert on the Russian space program.

"The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space exploration programs, including a manned mission to Mars, interplanetary travel, the creation and operation of planetary outposts." So stated Anatoly Perminov on the website.

The AP/Yahoo news article then went into the odd comparsion of Russian still using the 40-year old Soyuz design that are still used to send crews up to the International Space Station(ISS). Despite the older technology, Russia will take on a greater role in space exploration in the coming decade. Since NASA is planning on retiring the shuttle soon - and this will cause NASA to rely on the Russians and their Soyuz to travel up to the ISS until the Orion capsule is operational.


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Ref. Yahoo new (October 29, 2009) by Vladimir Isachenkov of AP. "Russia hopes nuclear ship will fly humans to Mars"
(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091029/ap_on_sc/eu_russia_nuclear_spaceship).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Asteroid blast reveals holes in Earth's defences - space - 26 October 2009 - New Scientist

Asteroid blast reveals holes in Earth's defences - space - 26 October 2009 - New Scientist

Ares-1X Test Launch Success!


From Launch Pad 39B at Cape Canaveral, FL, NASA finally launched its unmanned prototype of the Ares-1X booster rocket. Lift-off took place at 11:30am EDT. Foul weather earlier in the week prevented earlier launch attempts.

The flight peaked at an altitude of 28 miles and then dropped into the Atlantic Ocean - parachutes softening its landing.

The test vehicle here was basically a 4-element solid rocket booster off of the shuttle with a dummy fith element added plus the dummy Orion capsule/and second stage. The dummy second stage was designed to impact the ocean and sink. This vehicle is pretty tall at 327 feet while sitting on the launch pad.


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Ref. Space.com. October 28, 2009. By Clara Moskowitz.(http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/091028-ares-1x-2nd-launch-day-wrap.html)
Ares-1X Test Launch. image by Roger Guillemette of SPACE.com.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Buzz Asks Prez Obama for Space Leadership


Found this article on the Huffington Post today. It was orginally posted there on October 21st.

The Special committee lead by Chairman Norm Augustine (aka the Augustine Panel), put forward several options to President Obama recently.

This article by Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon and the biggest space promotor around is asking President to go along with Option 5 that the Augustine Panel put forth.

Bottom line of course is "No bucks, then No Buck Rogers!"

One can read the article on Huffington Post to read about options one thru four. Option Five known as the "Flexible Path" seems to get everyone who supports manned space exploration a tiggly senstion down their leg to modify a famous quote of Chris Matthews(ie reguarding his support for then candiate Barrack H. Obama).

Basically - Option Five uses as much shuttle hardware and ground support equipment as possible. And the mission makeup is very different than just returning to the moon. Such as visits to the Lagrane points, near-Earth objects, lunar fly-bys, and possible rendezvous with Mars's moons. There are still plans for a lunar landing by 2020.

Please use the url below to read the full article on the Huffington Post. Image is of President Obama at NASA's White House star party to view the LCROSS impact. Wife Michelle Obama is nearby.


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REf. Huffington Post, Oct 21, 2009 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/buzz-aldrin/mr-president-will-you-lea_b_328975.html)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

USS Independence - The Tri-Hull Monster of the Gulf!


The 418-foot long USS Independence is one of two prototype ships for the Littoral Combat Ship contract. This one was built by the General Dynamics consortium. And it went out on a little cruise into the Gulf of Mexico this week.

Most striking feature of this ship is it's tri-hull configuration. But both ships (Independence and the Freedom built by Lockheed Martin) both have water thruster propulsion. And with this latest test, the Independence reached 52 mph! Impressive for a ship of this size. That's 45 knots for you Navy types out there! And it was doing so in 6 to 8 foot swells and against a headwind of 30 knots. And the USS Independence did this for a sustain rate of speed for four hours. Normal cruising speed for normal warships is suppose to be in the 30-35 knot range.

Both ship designs use very powerful diesel engines plus gas turbines for that extra boost of speed. (I have to wonder if the skippers of these ships will start calling this "Warp Speed" when they have the throttle pushed to the wall?). Both the Independence and its competitor - the USS Freedom, have shallow drafts that let them get in closer to shore than regular naval vessels.

Main mission selling point by both companies right now seems to be pointing out how these ships can go up against the pirate threat. Whether its Lockheed Martin or General Dynamics that ultimately wins the contract - the U.S. Navy will have 55 of these speedy ships. Expected costs per vessel is in the $220 million dollar range.

This class of ship has multiple mission modules that can support anti-submarine, mine sweeping, or traditional surface warfare. Both designs have helicopter flight decks on the stern to operate helicopters.

From this blogger's personal opinion, I hope that the Navy goes with the USS Independence. I wonder if John Paul Jones is looking down from Heaven and saying, "That is a fast ship going in harm's way!"

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Ref. WAVY.com news, October 22, 2009. AP news article by David Sharp (http://www.wavy.com/dpp/military/military_ap_mobile_New_warship_tops_out_at_over_50_mph_20091022).
Reaganite Republican Resistance.blogspot.com article "The Navy's New Pirate Vaporizer" (http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/2009/10/navys-new-pirate-neutralizer.html)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Bamboo Saucer (1968) movie

The Russians and the Americans team up against the Red Chinese and recover a downed flying saucer during the Cold War.

This was a film from 1968 that I remembered quite fondly. Its one hour and forty so-mod minutes long. It stars actor Dan Duryea (in his last role) playing pilot Hank Peters. He is one of four members of a American expeditionay force in search of a missing UFO in China. The adventure takes on political significance when he is forced to join up with a similar Soviet team. Lois Nettelton is the beautiful blonde Russian scientist who was taking a shower under the falls when Dan Duryea spots her. Then he meets up with the "other" members of her team.

In the process of escaping from the Chinese troops, the American/Soviet teams use the recovered UFO to fly away and end up travelling all the way out to Saturn and back.

The movie was directed by Frank Telford and produced by Jerry Fairbanks.

Most critics agree that the acting is bad and the special effects were low rate. This is too bad, it could have been a much better. I would love to see the script given a rewrite, updated it for the modern era and try again. For more details about both vessels, check out my link to my other blog(Flash255bunker) listed below in the reference section.

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Ref (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2837365754059509100#).
Movies.msn.com The Bamboo Saucer Synopsis. (http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-synopsis/the-bamboo-saucer/).
I am The Work "I loved flying saucers when I was a kid." (http://williamchardy.com/?p=75)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Paul Mantz's Last Flight of the Phoenix


Veteran Flying Stunt Man Paul Mantz (August 2, 1903 - July 8, 1965) died in the third landing of the cobble together star of the original movie "The Flight of the Phoenix." This is the video on YouTube of the news port about his death. There are some additional pictures from different viewing angles that I had not seen before as a young child.

This is the information that Bomberguy posted with the video. Some of the information busts this bloggers' impression of the original Phoenix:

The plane, originally a C-82, was designed by Otto Timm (Charles Lindbergh's first flight instructor, and whom regularly worked with Mantz and Tallman), and was built by Tallmantz Aviation. With a wingspan of 45 feet, and a length of 42 feet, the "Phoenix" was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 nine-cylinder radial engine, taken from a North American T-6 as were the wheels and several other parts. The wings were from a Beech C-45, and the wing, tail, and undercarriage wire bracing was made out of clothesline, and was intentionally made to look flimsy, although it was actually quite sturdy. The fuselage and empennage were all hand-built from scratch, using plywood over a wooden frame. The cockpit was shallow and makeshift. The pilot would sit down, while another person stood behind him, strapped to a stringer. It was registered with the Federal Aviation Administration as tail number N93082.

The site of the filming was Buttercup Valley, a remote desert spot nearly twenty miles from Yuma in Arizona. Early on the morning of July 8th, 1965, the production team placed cameras at each end of the valley. Mantz, a pilot with over 25,000 hours of flight experience, and his co-pilot, 64 year-old Bobby Rose, were to fly the "Phoenix" and try to get it down on the ground near the first camera position, and then pull up by the time they reached the second position. Mantz' first pass was a little long in landing, and he overshot the first camera. The high temperatures were taking their toll on the improvised plane, and it was not easily controlled.

While not perfect, this first pass was good enough for the movie. But the director asked for another pass, probably as "insurance".

On the second pass of one of the final shots of the film, one of the landings skids of the improvised aircraft caught a hard patch of ground, and started to lose control. Mantz kicked the engine's throttle to full, and broke free of the dirt, but the plane was already stressed to breaking point. At over 90 MPH, the plane snapped apart and, momentarily, the two crewmembers flipped forward and hung out of the cockpit. As the break apart continued, the wings turned under the plane's main body, and toppled on top of the two men, throwing Rose clear of the crash, but pinning Mantz.

The cameras were still rolling, capturing the entire sordid event on celluloid.

People rushed towards the crash site, in an effort to see what could be done. Both crew members were expedited to the hospital in Yuma.

Mantz was killed instantly, and the crash broke the pelvis and left shoulder of Bobby Rose. Unfortunately, Mantz might have survived the mishap, as the cockpit portion of the aircraft was unharmed, but instead of a crash helmet like he would normally wear in an open cockpit, he was requested to wear a soft-brim hat that actor James Stewart also wore in the film.

The Federal Aviation Administration determined that Mantz misjudged his altitude, and in the inadvertent touchdown, the airframe failed due to overload stresses. The investigators also stated the Mantz' alcohol consumption prior to the flight contributed to the accident by impairing his "efficiency and judgment".

Below is the actual link to the webpage its one.

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Ref. YouTube, by Bomberguy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n82nN_lqn58)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

B-17G Liberty Belle Star of Film

My love for the Boeing B-17 knows no boundaries. Plus the fact that I got to fly on the Liberty Belle and one can now understand why I post this short video about her flying "Down Under" to take part in filming a new World War Two film.

Plus I got to fly on her back in 2007 and she was the leading post on this blog. Any news about her that I come across will be posted.

UPDATE: Here is the link to my original posting about this B-17 (http://aerospacedreams.blogspot.com/2008/07/warbirds.html)


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Socorro UFO - The (New) Hoax Theory. And the Flame War it Generated.


Posted below is the link to Kevin D. Randle's blog "A Different Perspective." Recently, the famous April 1964 UFO case of Police Officer Lonnie Zamora, in Socorro, New Mexico; heated up with a posting by Tony Bragalia on his blog (www.theufochronicles.com) that the entire incident was a hoax.

This began about on or about October 1st, 2009. And the UFO websites have taken on a new life as folks who think it is a hoax claim that Bragalia is right. And the other side (of which I am a part of) say basically - prove it was a hoax. Otherwise, the case still stands on its own two feet as a valid UFO landing incident.

I have posted a few comments on Kevin's website related to this story. Please drop by there and read his fine article on the subject. The image is of a oil painting posted on Chris Lambright website dated Feb. 1996. It shows the craft just starting to lift-off. For more detail information, please visit his website (link below in the Ref section).

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Ref. A Different Perspective by Kevin D. Randle, Oct 1, 2009. "Lonnie Zamora, Socorro UFO, and New Theories" (http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2009/10/lonnie-zamora-socorro-ufo-and-new.html).
Image from the website of Chris Lambright. Feb 1996. (http://www.cufon.org/contributors/chrisl/socorro.htm)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

RAF Bentwaters - Latest from Linda Moulton Howe

I was visiting her excellent website and found this latest article on the Bentwaters/Rendlesham Forest UFO incident of December, 1980.

In this article, Staff Sgt James W. Penniston provided a sketch of the triangle craft he saw, photographed, and touch. He also produced a sketch of some writing that he found on the craft as well. The symbols were 3 inches high he said.

Check it out with the link below.

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REf. Earthfiles.com, "Former RAF Bentwaters Staff Sgt. James Penniston recalls Black, Glassy, Triangular Craft, Symbols and Missing Time." by Linda Moulton Howe. (http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1618&category=Environment).

Friday, September 25, 2009

Water Found on Both Moon and Mars


September 23, 2009. NASA announches that there are small amounts of water on the surface of the moon. For years, scientists thought that previous spacecraft might have had slight contamination from Earth and had sent back misleading indications that they had found water on the moon. It has long been suspected that there might be frozen ice in deep craters where sunlight never gets to them at the poles.

Planetary geologist Carle Pieters of Brown University said the following, "Widespread water has been detected on the surafce of the moon. What we're detecting is completely unexpected. The moon continues to surprise us."

Recent observations by several spacecraft such as the Indian Chandrayaan-1 satellite, NASA's Cassini, and NASA's Deep Impact probe have forced the world's scientists to reconsider what they know about the lunar surface. All three of these spacecraft detected the spectral signature of water (the wavelengths of light that it reflects) all across the lunar surface. The signal was strongest at the lunar poles. Signal strength also depended on the local lunar day.

"The entire surafce of the moon will be hydrated durning at least part of the lunar day." So says Jessica Sunshine, University of Maryland and the deputy principal investigator for NASA's Deep Impact extended mission and the co-investigator for the Moon Mineralogy Mapper(M3) which is carried by the Indian satellite Chandrayaan-1.

What form the water takes on the lunar surface is nto clear yet although several theories are now being developed. It is seeping from underground (and or former lunar underground ruins according to Richard C. Hoagland-guest Science Advisor to the Coast to Coast Am radio program).

And the findings keep coming in-the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the LCROSS impactor are set to explore the lunar south pole craters looking for water ice. The fluctuating signals seen throughout the day could indicate that the water is migrating across the surface toward colder, higher latitudes and eventually the poles.

Pieters are putting forth the theory that "If the water molecules are as mobile as we think they are - even a fraction of them - they provide a mechanism for getting water to those permanently shadowed craters."

There is similar migration seen on Jupiter's moon Ganymeded and on Saturn's moon Iapetus.

As for Mars, the news was just as good. NASA reports that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted ice at five new Martain craters, likely kicked up by meteor impacts. Megan Kennedy of the Malin Space Science Systems of San Diego said, "We now know we can use new impact sites as probes to look for ice in the shallow subsurface."

"This ice is a relic of a more humid climate from perhaps just several thousand years ago." Shane Byrne of the University of Arizona added.

The robot exploreres on ars have found ice on the surface before. Planetary scientists have seen what might be the shores of a giant river and seas on Mars. Louis Friedman, executive director of The Planetary Society said the following, "This is a real water resource."

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REF. Reuters.com. Chris Wilson, September 24, 2009. (http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN2436167620090924)
Space.com. September 24, 2009. Andrea Thompson (http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090924-moon-water-reaction.html).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1993 Maslin Beach UFO Pictures - An Early RPV?


I discovered this UFO case through Chuck Miller's UFO blog (Pictures, Stories and Other Strange Trips). The pictures from the 1993 Maslin UFO case he had posted on his blog on September 21, 2009, actually reminded me of a Remote Piloted Vehicle (RPV). I remember seeing a similar circular RPV pictured in Aviation Week and Space Technology back in the 1990s. But for the life of me - I'm stumped on remembering the manufacture of said RPV.

I am making this post more for myself as a book marker in my own blog so that I can revisit it at some future time with additional information of the RPV that looks similar to this particular UFO.

For more information on the specific sighting itself, please visit Chuck Miller's site and read the article there. The pictures here are the ones he has on his site plus more such as this closeup of the primary object and a smaller craft that joined up with it.


















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Ref. Webpage 1993 Maslin Beach photo case. (http://www.ufo.se/maslinbeach/).
UFO-FYI compiled and edited by Chuck Miller (http://crapfromspaceandtime.blogspot.com/2009/09/ufo-fyi-1993-back-to-beach.html).

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Flying Subs? A Reality Soon?



Eric Palmer on his blog found a Lockheed Martin info ad on You Tube about a Navy UAV project that they are working on. After viewing that infomercial, I decided to post that here as well. Because I still remember as a young kid watching the old "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" TV series. The USS Seaview and its yellow and black Flying Sub. Years later, there was SkyDiver 1 from the Gerry Anderson TV series "UFO." The front quarter of that submarine seperated into a near space interceptor fighting the alien invasion.

I remember a few years ago on the History Channel, they did a series of programs of Axis and Allies Secret Weapon projects. The Soviets had a flying submarine design of their own.


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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea images (http://www.vttbots.com/flying_sub_biggie.html)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

False Ringing Bell Tones?


An odd thing happened to me this morning. At about 8 a.m. I was awoken from a light sleep by the ATT ring tones for a arriving voice mail - they type you normally get on your cell phone.

The problem with this is that my cell phone was turned off during the night to conserve battery power. Due to my current living arrangements, constant access to electricity is not guarantee and when I do need to recharge my cell phone, I have to do it at a friends house.

Since I am posting this before going into work today, I really don't have the time right now to do any research on the subject. If anybody happens across this posting, please ad your comments below.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Capital Hill Coming to Moon Plan Rescue!


This past tuesday, NASA got a boost for it's return to the moon program. And from members on Capital Hill.

Basically, its a plea for an additional $3 billion dolalrs a year to NASA to keep the plan originally proposed by President George W. Bush.

Head of the President Obama's panel that review the space program proposal said, "With the resources available, the program I think is fatally flawed." So said Norman Augustine, the panel's head. Mr. Augustine is a retired chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Congressmen from both parties, including the wife of a astronaut, came to the plan's defense - attacking the Augustine panel for their conculsions.

NASA has already spent $8 billion on the Constellation Project. By 2020, $100 billion would have been spent on that program.

"I don't see the logic in scrapping what the nation has spent years and billions of dollars to develope," House Space Subcommittee chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Her husband Mark Kelly, is schedule to command a shuttle mission next year. She went on to add that there needs to be a very compelling reason to change the program.

Augustine told the Associated Press after the hearing that "the sunken costs argument doesn't carry much weight with us."

Former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin - came to the defense of his pet project. Griffin agree with the Augustine reprot in saying there was not enough money in the current budget to explore space and go anywhere new. Griffin noted that Presidents Obama, Bush, and Bill Clinton all essentially cut NASA spending, with a drop of about 20 percent since 1993. Griffin in his wirtten testimony defended the Bush moon program technical design and emphasized that it should continue with the extra money. He asked that the Augustine Commission, Congress and President Obama should ask themeselves ,"exactly why does the policy which we established in law - twice - need to be changed?"

The Augustine commission recommened dropping the Aries I rocket and go straight to the Ares V booster system. Last week, the Ares I was test fired and it past that crucial test.

UPDATE (September 17, 2009). Added additional link in Ref section below.
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Ref. www.comcast.net, Sept 15, 2009. by Seth Borenstein, "Return-to-moon plan gets boost on Captial Hill" (http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-science/20090915/US.SCI.NASA.Moon/).
The Space Advocate (http://thespaceadvocate.blogspot.com/2009/09/augustine-vs-congress-people-some-of.html).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Freaks of Nature

Not so much a paranormal posting this time, but click on the link below to see what freaks mother nature can create on her own. Especially the parasite Ispod that EATS other fishes tongues and then takes it's place in the host's body - meanwhile, the host fish is still alive and contuniues to eat and the parasite just lives in the host's mouth. Right out of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It's Official - Moon Return is a No Go





In an article by the Washington (AP), the White House panel on NASA's return-to-the-moon plan will not happen at current funding levels. Current NASA's budget is $18 billion per year. It would require an additional $3 billion to go back to the moon by 2020.

And thats with retiring the shuttle in 2010 and shutting down the International Space Station in 2015 (which would be very stupid since we just spent the better part of 20 years building the damn thing!).

The panel suggested the following, "Space exploration would work better by including other countries and private for-profit firms." They also suggested that if NASA continues its current moon plans, in order to save money, it should kill plans to make a smaller Aries I rocket to carry astronauts and go right to the bigger Aries V."

$7.7 billion have already been spent on the Aries I so far and a test of its first stage is about to take place soon. A test launch may even happen by Halloween.

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Ref. Yahoo.com (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Obama-space-panel-says-moon-apf-2656818175.html?x=0&.v=4).
photo of Aries I on launch pad rendering. I do not remember where I came across this picture so cannot credit it correctly.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Triangle shape UFO - Real or Fake?

Found this Triangle shape UFO video on the website Paranormal Investigations of Texas. Video take on July 23, 2008, near Paris, France.

What I found interesting is that it appears to have two canted inward verticle stablizers towards the rear of the vehicle. And of course, when it wants to disappear, the center glowing light turns into a sphere and eventually, the craft is shallowed up by that light and then it to disappears.

Check it out and make up you own mind about it.


Japan is Getting Back into Carriers Again - Just Call Them Helicopter Destroyers.


Its ironic that I came across this information recently.

Back in college, My friend Tony (aka Anthony Tully), and I would discuss history and current world events. Well Tony, who is really into World War Two Japanese Navy history, and now has one book of his own under his belt (Battle of Surigao Strait); and a co-authorship on another one (Shattered Sword-The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway with Jonathan Parshall). Well, like I said before, we would talk about future military projections of power when we were going to Texas Tech University back in the early 1980s.

Back then, we still had to deal with the (in hindsight now) the tail end of the cold war. But our discussions would end up with Japan having to take on more responsibility for its defense against a more aggressive Red China of the future. The Japanese constitution forbids it to have Aircraft Carriers, a means of projecting power. That is one of the reasons why it is referred to as a Helicopter Destroyer.

So Japan would have to have Aircraft Carriers again is what we thought. Well, sure enough - that trend is taking place now. The Japanese Ministry of Defense released on Sept 7, 2009 its 4.85-trillion yen budget plan for the net fiscal year. The most notable items in that budget was an upgrade to the nation's missile defense system. The second item was the purchase of another helicopter carrier- correction, Helicopter Destroyer.

Based on the current Hyuga-calls helicopter destroyer class, the new helicopter carrier is expected to be 25% longer that the Hyugas and capable of carrying 9 helicopters that can conduct limited naval resupply as well as antisubmarine operations.

This is in light of the Chinese Navy's recent submarine construction. But, China is bulding its own flattops too now.

Currently, the 18,000-ton, 610 foot long, Hyuga (DDH 181) is jointed by sister ship Ise. A third ship of this class is still planned. The next carrier will be longer with a flight deck of 763 feet long. It will weigh in at about 25,000 tons. Currently these ships will operate the SH-60s of which 10 to 11 can be carried by the Hyuga class. Crew size is in the 350 personnel range.

Checking out Wikipedia, DDH-181(Hyuga) and sister DDH-182 (Ise), will be able to operate Harriers and F-35 Lightning IIs when they become operational. The ships will then be equipped with a 12 degree ski-jump.

As for weapons for self-protection; (16) Mk41 VLS (Vertical Launch System) cells for anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles. (2)20mm Phalanx cannons. (2)triple 12.75-inch torpedo mounts.

Hyuga and Ise are of special interest to me. As a younger man, I was into building 1/700ths scale ship models from Tamiya and similar model companies. On of the first models I ever bought in this scale was of the Japanese WW2 hybrid battleship/carrier Ise. Both the Ise and the Hyuga were sunk in the same week(July 25) in World War 2.

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Ref.
(http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htnavai/articles/20090904.aspx)
(http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20090901p2a00m0na012000c.html)
Janes articles (http://www.janes.com/news/defence/naval/jni/jni090424_1_n.shtml)
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyūga_class_helicopter_destroyer)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Miyuki Hatoyama - Politics of Alien Abduction

There is a lot of electrons burning over the internet about the wife of Japan's new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Miyuki Hatoyama is better known now than he is because of the news reports that she had been abducted by aliens when she was younger.

Or that she knew Tom Cruise in another life when he was Japanese.

Both Hatoyama's are now 62 years old each (According to Right Pundits). Other blogs are saying she is 66 years old. The blog Right Pundit says that she is a lifestyle guru, cookbook author, retired dancer and actress, a clothes designer, and several other things. And now Miyuki Hatoyama the First Lady of Japan.

The abduction took place one night 20 years ago. "Her soul was taken onboard a triangle-shaped craft and they headed off to the planet Venus."

Being a good husband, he probably just rolls his eyes at this stuff. Quote, "I feel relieved when I get home. She is like an energy refueling base." But Ms. Hatoyama says, "My current husband has a different way of thinking. He would surely say 'Oh, that's great'."

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will assum his office on September 16, 2009.

My observations have been that those blogs who deal with the subject matter of UFOs, et, al, have treated her pretty fairly. A few regular news reports make the usual wink and a nudge type of report about her. I actually thought that Right Pundit might do more of a hatchet job on her than they actually did.

I am going to cross post this on my other blog, The Shanks Dimension (http://www.theshanksdimension.com/2009/09/miyuki-hatoyama-politics-of-alien-abduction/).

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Ref. Right Pundits.com (http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=4697)
World UFo News blog (http://worldufonews.blogspot.com/2009/09/japanese-prime-ministers-wife-claimed.html).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

One-Way Ticket to Mars Idea

This is a must read article by anyone who is interested in Mars and someday going there. I'm no scientist, but I sure can help out with building a colony there.
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Ref. "A One-Way Ticket to Mars" by Lawrence M. Krauss. Aug. 31, 2009. Op-Ed New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/opinion/01krauss.html?_r=2)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Space Spies & Soviet Era Spaceships to Fly Commercial Missions Now


Well, time to get back to the main focus of this blog - Aerospace Technology. Cruising through the Space.com website this weekend, I uncovered four articles that I thought were worthy of mentioned.

First was a recent posting by Space.com writer Tariq Malik about a commercial company going to re-use several Soviet-era Reusable Return Vehicle (RRV) that they used to fly up to their military space stations-the Almaz class space station in the 1970s.

Made up of two sections, the cone shape RRV can carry three people. A commander and two passengers. The RRVs will be updated with modern equipment and technology.

The announcement was made at the Moscow Air Show in Russia. Price per ticket has yet to be revealed.

That company, Excalibur Almaz Limited, based out of the Isle of Man, has managed to get a hold of several RRVs that were in storage.

Next, Robert Bigelow to the rescue to save Project Orion! He is proposing a "stripped" down version of the Orion capsule known as Orion Lite. He even had a private meeting with the White house-charted panel on the future of the space program.

Quoting that article: In a July 30 interview with Space News, Mike Gold, director of Bigelow's Washington office, said he believes a low Earth-orbit optimized version of Orion could be ready to launch atop a human-rated version of the Atlas 5 within three or four years — much sooner than NASA's discredited March 2015 target for the first crewed launch of Orion and its Ares I rocket.

Gold said the Bigelow capsule would have the same outer mold line as NASA's 16-foot (5-meter) wide Orion and possibly the same internal pressure vessel, but little else in common."

A unique twist to this proposal is the mid-air capture of the Orion lite instead of letting it splash down in the ocean. Quote: One of the biggest deviations from NASA's Orion design involves the vehicle's landing system. Whereas NASA plans call for Orion to make an Apollo-style splashdown in the ocean, Bigelow is considering midair retrieval as a safer and more economical means to land the spacecraft following atmospheric re-entry.

"Air-capture is a strategy that has been implemented many times in the past, but never done at weights as high as a capsule," Gold said.

Midair capture was used by the military during World War II to recover gliders and during the 1960s to catch film canisters dropped from Corona spy satellites orbiting overhead.

The third bit of news is now more than a year old. There was a documentary (that I never heard about sadly) about Soviet and American military space flight operations and proposed spaceflight activities. Photo attached to this post is from www.deepcold.com showing the MOL in action.

You really need to read this article and check out the www.deepcold.com website. Somehow, reading through all that - I was thinking about the Mattel 6" tall action figure known as Major Matt Mason. And the fact that the U.S. Air Force went to the trouble to have "blue" color spacesuits made for their cancelled MOL(Manned Orbital Laboratory-1965) and Dyna-Soar orbital interceptor projects. How do we know this? Because NASA uncovered them in a long-sealed room at Cape Canaveral, FL, by accident in 2005. The program was aired on PBS as "NOVA: Astrospies."

Finally, there was this article by Bill Christensen posted on February 15, 2006, entitled "Anti gravity Propulsion System Proposed."

Dr. Franklin Felber presented a paper at the 2006 Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF) that was held in Albuquerque, NM, February 14, 2006.

Quote: Dr. Felber's paper states that a mass moving faster than 57.7 percent of the speed of light will gravitationally repel other masses lying within a narrow 'anti gravity beam' in front of it. This "beam" intensifies as the speed of the mass approaches that of light.

The link to his actual paper appears to be broken now. So I was unable to download it to read it in detail.


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Ref. Space.com "Soviet-Era Spaceships to Fly Commercial Space Missions" by Tariq Malik, August 18, 2009. (http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/090818-excalibur-almaz-spaceships.html).

Space.com. "Nevada Company Pitches 'Lite' Concept for NASA's New Spaceship." by Amy Klamper. August 14, 2009. (http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/090814-orion-lite.html).

Space.com "Space Spies Revealed in New Documentary" by Tariq Malik. February 12, 2008. (http://www.space.com/entertainment/080212-astrospies-mol.html).

Space.com "Antigravity Propulsion System Proposed" by Bill Christensen. February 15, 2006. (http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/060215_technovel_antigravity.html).