Feb 22, 2009
The Numbat is a small and cute marsupial animal native to Western Australia. The Numbat was formerly classified as endagered and had a total population less than 1000 in the 1970's. Today however, its population has increase somewhat and it is classified as 'vulnerable'.
While working with us on GLXP, the Lunar Numbat group also hopes to bring about innovations in space science using open source technologies, to collaborate with other space science entities, to educate as to the benefits that space science provides all people and advocate the formation of an Australian Space Agency. Perhaps the recovery from near-extinction of the Numbat can set a good example for the recovery of the Australian space industry, which is currently in a state of neglect by the Australian government.
In the coming months our White Label Space core engineering team will work together with the Lunar Numbat group to determine which parts or subsystems of our space mission they will develop.
White Label Space looks forward to forming partnerships with other like-minded organisations around world who have the right stuff to undertake ambitious space exploration and to inspire today's generation that wasn't even alive when humans last walked on the Moon.
The efforts to develop the Euromoon 2000 mission plan were led by the Dutch Astronaut Wubbo Ockels, who assembled a team of over 25 engineers and scientists from ESA and industry to make a preliminary mission assessment study, building upon some related studies that took place in the preceding years.
By lobbying the delegates of the various nations that make up ESA, Ockels was able to get the Euromoon 2000 project on the agenda of the ESA Ministerial Council of 1997 with a request for 50 million Euros (the remaining 200 million was to come from private industry). However, much to the dissapointment of the project participants, the ministers present at the council meeting voted not to support the project with any ESA money.
By assembling a sizeable interdisciplinary team working together in one room, the Euromoon 2000 project was the first attempt to do concurrent engineering in ESA and played a major role in the creation of ESA's Concurrent Engineering Facility (CDF), which is still led today by the deputy project manager of Euromoon 2000, Massimo Bandecchi.
Feb 15, 2009
Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL) and Virgin Galactic are seeking financing to develop a low-cost rocket system that could be carried on the White Knight Two aircraft, which was recently developed with finance from Richard Branson's space tourism venture.
The new launch system would would comprise two solid stages and be capable of injecting satellites from 50kg up to 200kg into a polar orbit of 400km altitude. The target launch price is quoted here at $1 million, which would be a reduction by a factor of 5 to 10 times on the current launch costs for similar sized payloads.
This video explains more details of the partnership.
The predecesor aircraft, "White Knight", was used to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE, demonstrating the feasibility of an aircraft launched sub-orbital space tourism system.
Feb 12, 2009
Google Lunar X-PRIZE's own Mike Fabio had commented on one of the posts:
Can we get some videos of this thing in action? That is truly awesome. The MIT Press (go Engineers!) has recently published a book all about the computers used on the Apollo missions. Check it out here.
Well after another trawl through YouTube's immense archives we finally hit the jackpot. Here's actual footage of the Apollo Guidance Computer staring in it's own YouTube video. We're wondering how much more historically significant space age video will turn up on YouTube & how long that footage will stay available. Let's hope that this one stay's up long enough for you all to see.
Elon presents the undeniable logic of his plan as follows:
- it will save the taxpayer $2 billion
- it will bring 1000 high quality jobs
- it will help fill the gap between shuttle and the new manned launcher under development by NASA - the troubled Ares-1
Work locations will be in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia.
The roles we are currently seeking qualified staff for are:
- Chemical Propulsion Engineer
- Guidance Navigation and Control Engineer
- Optics Engineer/Physicist
- Space Telecommunications Engineer
- Avionics System Engineer
- Structures Engineer
- Aerospace Engineer
- Thermal Design and Analysis Engineer
- Web Application Developer
- Public Relations Officer
If you are young, innovative, motivated and passionate about space exploration, please send a copy of your resume with a brief cover letter explaining your vision on how you can be part of our effort to: email@example.com.
Your details will also be distributed to our Partners unless you request otherwise.
Feb 10, 2009
Superbowl advertising is the most expensive in the world. In 2009 a 30 second advertisment slot cost $3 million (see USA Today article). We are happy to see that this Superbowl ad included two themes quite close to the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) - rovers and Moon exploration.
Feb 7, 2009
Website: http://www.european-spacetourism.eu/i... (in German only)
The mission is to be completed by 2015, using 5 rockets to drag the moon back to earth. For the sake of humanity, let's hope this plan does not succeed :)
Feb 3, 2009
Also, note that on this new release, you can Dive beneath the surface and Explore the ocean.
After Earth and the Stars, the now famous Google product "Google Earth" just released a new version with this time the opportunity to explore the Martian surface.
Have a look, explore it and let us know if like us you enjoyed it !
Feb 2, 2009
Steve Paikin from TVO The Agenda interviews Dr. Michio Kaku.
A fascinating talk covering topics from Dr. Michio Kaku's book "Physics of the Impossible".
Subjects discussed range from psychokinesis and telepathy to teleportation and time travel. Impossibilities are split into classes
Class I. Impossibilities Includes force fields, telepathy and antiuniverses. These don't violate the current known laws of science & could be become reality within the next 100 years or so.
Class II. Impossibilities Includes faster than the speed of light travel and parallel universes.
Class III Impossibilities Includes perpetual motion machines and precognition.
In the distant future the need for tons of advanced technology to land payloads on distant planets could be a thing of the past. What will be evidently needed is the ability to harness a power source that is beyond comprehension. The only thing I can say to that is "Beam me up Scotty".
Feb 1, 2009
This is also good news for GLXP teams, as recording their progress in high quality HD suddenly becomes a whole lot more affordable.
Some Canon die-hards have already managed to coax their DSLRs to record video via live-view, and it looks like Nikon aficionados are now able to do the same, albeit not quite as easily just yet. That's because the mod requires both access to Nikon's SDK for the D700 and the necessary skills to actually do something with it, in this case capturing video from the live-view feed via USB. see rest of story on engadget
If you're just now starting to come to grips with the fact that Canon's utterly succulent EOS 5D Mark II is just way, way out of reach, here's a little something to lessen the impact of your inferiority complex. An enterprising young buck with a passion to bring video capture abilities to other EOS cameras figured out a way to enable that very capability on all Liveview EOS DSLRs.see rest of story on engadget
Video on Flickr
Near 720p video made with a Canon 40D, using the Live View feature. Camera was connected to the laptop via USB, and a russian program recorded the output. See the video ouput see here on Flickr.
Canon 40D-vel készült videó. Részletek a spottr.hu-n!