Chinese Balloon Hard to Shoot Down

As John M. Powell explains in the video, the Chinese balloon is likely above 100 thousand feet above sea level. No plane with bullets can reach that high. Even if a fighter jet could send bullets through the balloon, the bullet holes are small and would take hours and probably days to down the balloon and its package. By then the balloon could be over Chinese territory again.

A missile may not be able to spot the tiny radar signature of the balloon, and if a missle exploded the balloon cargo, the resultant debris would be difficult to gather and take a long time to analyze. JP’s four decades plus of rocketry and balloon experiments provides an authoritative voice for all things traveling the skies. More videos at Click on the Menu to find Videos.

We Live in 5 Dimensions+

Chris “The Brain” got my attention with this new conceptual door which opened and pulled me through to the other side to understanding 5 dimensions in a new way for just me? No. He got an extended flurry of comments. Instead of a nap, listen to Chris. If you fall asleep just replay it with a cup of coffee in hand. Tell me it’s not worth it.

Burst Point Revealed in this Backwards Video

What part of the balloon, the workhorse of John Powell’s JP Aerospace experiments in the upper regions at the edge of space, is the first to burst? Is it the top or the bottom where the balloon is connected to the tether and the experiment racks below it? I thought it was the nethers of the latex balloon, but this video changed my mind. Yet, does it always happen this way? Maybe JP can tell us.

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Forgotten SR-71 Competitor: Project Hazel

Forgotten not by us! This project lost the bid for the US military’s high flying reconnaissance jet. The SR-71 won. Strange enough. The Hazel would probably have been faster and higher, but somehow inflated dirigible craft are considered not standard. So, just like the skin of the ISS, aluminum was the envelope of choice. I believe the fabric designs of Bigelow’s space habitat and the gossamer wings of JP Aerospace’s Ascender craft will show the way for rotational spaceships of similar design. To stay abreast of changes, start with The Space Trade Update and my next book on building ships in orbit.

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A Santa Package of Strangely Sweet New Physics Theories, Facts, and Quips

From the Queen of Physics Facts and Quips, Sabine Hossenfelder, comes a delightful sleigh ride of news from an amazing corner of the universe, a place known to its inhabitants as Earth. This video is full of giggles and snickers from the peanut gallery of your active imagination as you follow the Grand Mistress of Science to the hidden caves of arcane understandings.

Natural Forces Are Best

At least where parachute deployment is concerned. Deploy it too early and the chute doesn’t open; deploy too late and the chute is ripped to shreds. So John lets natural forces determine the time for chute deployment. How? He put holes in the chute basket and as the craft descends into thicker air, the chute is forced out and opens gracefully, or at least adequately on time. – L Paul Turner