Posts tagged with ‘rockets

Elementary school students launch a rocket to honor a murdered teacher

Pretty awesome video tribute to an elementary teach who was murdered last year.The students from his class launched a weather balloon in his honor because he was a space nut!

SpaceX’s Grasshopper reusable rocket makes its second test hop, doubling its previous height

SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control.

SpaceX successfully tests its “Grasshopper” reusable rocket

The problem with modern space travel is that while rockets are good at getting us past the atmosphere, at best, only parts of the rocket can be reused. It’s sort of like if you had to buy a whole new engine for your car every time you went somewhere— it gets really expensive. People have tried in the past to make a reusable rocket, and this past week, SpaceX successfully launched its “Grasshopper” rocket 12 stories in the air. Not even close to orbit, but it’s something.

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Translucent rocket engine lets you see rocket combustion in action

Rockets are awesome, but they’re made even awesomer when you can see the science magic going on inside, like these great translucent rocket engines built by Valve employee Ben Krasnow.

Yesterday would have been Werner Von Braun’s 100th birthday
The father of the modern rocket, he built ballistics for the Nazis before being recruited by the Americans and becoming an absolutely essential part of America’s space program. 
You can see lots more (non-captioned) photos of Von Braun and his work here. 
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Yesterday would have been Werner Von Braun’s 100th birthday

The father of the modern rocket, he built ballistics for the Nazis before being recruited by the Americans and becoming an absolutely essential part of America’s space program. 

You can see lots more (non-captioned) photos of Von Braun and his work here

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Could a bigger X-37B be the next space shuttle?

Last year, the US Air Force sent a robotic spaceship into orbit and kept it there for seven months. No one outside the program knows why exactly it was up there, but part of the reason could be that they were testing a replacement vehicle for the space shuttle. It’s just speculation, so don’t go getting too excited just yet.

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NASA announces their new design for the deep space exploration system

NASA is ready to move forward with the development of the Space Launch System — an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The Space Launch System will give the nation a safe, affordable and sustainable means of reaching beyond our current limits and opening up new discoveries from the unique vantage point of space.

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Huge scale model Saturn V rocket being launched

I had to add the qualifier of “huge”, lest you think this is just a little bottle rocket. No, this is a big god damn several stories high Saturn V model rocket, being launched in Price, Maryland. That’s almost big enough to put baby astronauts in.

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SpaceX unveils plans for the most powerful rocket ever

If anyone ever had any doubts that the private sector had what it takes to put out reliable, powerful and efficient space missions, SpaceX’s new rocket, the Falcon Heavy should cast all aspersions aside. The Falcon Heavy is more powerful than the Saturn rocket, or any other rocket invented by mankind and costs a third of what it takes to put a shuttle into orbit.

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How NASA recovers solid fuel rocket boosters from the ocean

They’re huge, they’re really expensive and they take quite a bit of planning and patience to recover. And you thought it was easy, like “Hey just go pick that up, would you?”

Why we’re at the limit of what we can do with rockets and where we go from here

The rockets that we send people to space in are honestly, not that much different than the small hand-held rockets invented by the Chinese thousands of years ago. You take a tube, you fill it with fuel that is going to put off enough energy when burned to propel the rocket through the air. The only difference between then and now is that in the 20th century, we figured out how to make them big enough to put people in, with complicated navigational systems to make sure we get from point A to point B without turning into fireworks.

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NASA Tests Their New Methane Gas Rocket

So NASA has a big stinky rocket that might be able to help us explore deeper into space. It runs off methane gas, which theoretically can be harvested from wherever it is we’re going to help us go further or come back. Fart power!

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It’s not Christmas til somebody builds a rocket C3PO

I’m not sure why some guy in Sweden built a rocket C3PO pinata. Maybe it’s an ancient custom of the Swedish people. They have lots of ancient customs, C3PO is probably part of them somewhere. And then I realized that when someone builds a rocket C3PO pinata, there doesn’t always have to be a reason.

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