Another balloon in outer space

November 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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Thought for sure this would turn out to be another “balloon boy” hoax but this family of experimenters looks legit.  Made me wonder if the Drake Maker Club should have pursued our balloon in space dreams after all.  Then I realized that this family had a big chunk of Alberta to use as a launch and recovery site.  Not quite as crowded as our neighborhood.

Stick with the video for the first few minutes  – it picks up the pace.

Space Station crew takes refuge as debris threatens

March 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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A five inch piece of debris passed close enough to force the crew into the Soviet made capsule.  This would have given them the opportunity the bailout quickly if the impact had caused a massive depressurization of the station.

Added bonus: follow this link to view live external footage from the ISS.  It only broadcasts when the crew is sleeping so as not to suck up precious bandwidth.

Video: satellite shot down

February 22, 2008 at 11:24 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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This looks like a rough edit of Defense Dept video from at least two sources.  You see from launch to impact.

The Pentagon is talking up the success of this shoot-down as evidence that the anti-ballistic program, devised in the 80’s, actually works.  Success is relative considering that the lauch was almost delayed due to heavy seas and cloudy skies.  Missile launches won’t always happen on sunny days, will they?


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