Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Please follow the link below and read this article about "Taking Back our Space Program" posted on Space Frontier (dot) org.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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.
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.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
"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.
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."
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
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.
REf. Huffington Post, Oct 21, 2009 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/buzz-aldrin/mr-president-will-you-lea_b_328975.html)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
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".
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
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.