Nov 27, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
- X PRIZE Foundation - Chairman
- International Space University - sits on its Board of Advisors
- Rocket Racing League - Director (non-executive)
- Space Adventures Limited - Director
- Zero Gravity Corporation, Ltd - CEO
Nov 23, 2008
With timing designed to coincide with this coming week's Ministerial Council Meeting, the European Space Agency (ESA) has released this promotional video showing some footage from its recent projects, and some nice computer graphics of the projects for which it will request budget lines.
Of course, this video is far more exciting and adventurous that the very dry and business-like "programmatic priorities" to be presented to the Ministerial Council, which are to:
- further develop the benefits of space to society and the knowledge economy, stimulating innovation, creativity and growth;
- promote the development of new products and services benefiting daily life;
- be increasingly successful on the global market in space systems, services and applications;
- meet its defence and security needs for space; and
- provide continued access to space.
Space exploration itself fits only as sub-categories in the programmatic priorities of contributing to the knowledge-based society and providing access to space.
ESA's exploration objectives are to make full use of the International Space Station (ISS) to prepare for future exploration activities and to start the definition of a new cargo return transportation system derived from the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) that will be able to survive re-entry and land intact with payloads brought back from the ISS.
ESA also proposes to study technologies for the exploration of the Moon and to promote lunar exploration in tandem with the recruitment of new astronauts. To this end, ESA wants to study a Moon lander and to develop capabilities enabling human exploration including Moon-landing technologies, habitation and life support systems and demonstrators.
Scenario and architecture studies are also proposed to prepare future activities. ESA wants to become a leading participant in the robotic exploration of planet Mars (currently a field almost totally dominated by NASA), with the Enhanced ExoMars mission and eventually leading to significant European role in a Mars Sample Return mission.
Nov 22, 2008
"When your kids ask where the money went"
Could you go into space with any other brand of video camera after watching this ad?
Previously in our Greatest Space Ads series:
Nov 19, 2008
In the 1960's, with its Surveyor program, NASA mastered the technology of using a solid rocket motor to decelarate a lander, removing over 90% of its speed to allow a relatively small liquid-fuel propulsion system to make the final descent and landing.
To help with the design of your solid rocket motor breaking stage, you might like to check out Rogers Aeroscience who has recently published some useful reference materials. The following articles are available from their website http://www.rasaero.com/;
- Performance Analysis of the Ideal Rocket Motor.
- Departures from Ideal Performance for Conical Nozzles and Bell Nozzles, Straight-Cut Throats and Rounded Throats.
- Erosive Burning Design Criteria for High Power and Experimental/Amateur Solid Rocket Motors.
Nov 14, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Can you use an iPhone to soft land a spacecraft of the Moon?
Taking a look at this experiment by Michael Koppelman, it may not be as far fetched as it seems.
Perhaps soon we will see Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) teams adopting this type of ultra low cost approach for their Moon missions..
See also our previous post: Can This SONY Camera Work on the Moon?
Nov 9, 2008
To put things in perspective, this great animation from the wikipedia Moon article shows a true scale diagram representing the relative sizes of the two bodies and the time it would take for a beam of light to pass between them - 1.255 seconds.
.. and you thought that Skype was frustrating when there is a communications delay.. imagine talking to a friend on the Moon where the minimum round trip for the information is about 2.5 seconds!
Nov 8, 2008
To display subtitles, click on the small arrow at the bottom right of the YouTube screen (see How to Show YouTube Subtitles).
Let's hope to see some Spanish-speaking teams soon in the Google Lunar X PRIZE!
Nov 5, 2008
Nov 1, 2008
Congratulations to the NASA team responsible for delivering humanity such a fantastic and successful mission, which is still ongoing!