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. http://www.jpaerospace.com
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. http://www.thespacetrade.com
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.
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 http://www.thespacetrade.com
A short demonstration of the little things that ontegrate into a big, big project, in this case the submarine Belavia, which will be utilized as an analog dev prototype for the next crew capsule that will eventually be used for earth-to-orbit passenger service as we enter the true advent of space adventures for the common person.
Gerry Griffin, Gerald Nordley, Rod Pyle, and many others recall the final steps on the moon of Apollo 17 from 50 years ago. It’s time to return to the lunar surface for the benefit of all humankind. – L Paul Turner, author of The Space Trade Update. http://www.thespacetrade.com
My fav cup of tea is when I share time with Space Kitten, and dream of building starships. Once you Float to Space, you board the turnship torus and head out beyond translunar. Or, beyond, as in Quest for Sylvane. Available on Barnes and Noble Press (print on demand).
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