Sunday, 21 August 2005
How time flies
Now Playing: Moby
My, my how time flies you get busy with your regular life and then you look around and realize that you are no closer to your goals than you were six months ago. Maybe you’re still looking for that perfect job. Or maybe still trying to decide what grant you want to apply for the only thing that has changed is your waist line or your hair line, if your in school you've got a few more classes under your belt which may or may not have add to your waistline.
You ask me where I am going with this well let me start by saying congratulations to the crew of Discovery. The shuttle came back in grand fashion even with the orange foam being cast off as it went into orbit. We thought two years of stand down was over with; well I guess we weren't that lucky. Sort of like my life right now two steps forward and one step back.
I am not going to beat up on NASA for not having a perfect space plane. Honestly you can't. I want you to realize that accidents happen yes we can reduce the risk, but do you realize how many people died before we had safe reliable air travel.
During the first fifty years of flight and there was what is consider now an unacceptable level of accidents. Test pilots many times had a one and four chance of not coming back from there aircraft.
The shuttle is an experimental spacecraft it was and still is the only orbital space plane on the planet. A commercial aircraft or a military aircraft has as many as a thousand flights before it is put into final production. The shuttle is still a baby. Designed 30 years ago with half the budget it was called for and told that it must serve both military and civilian needs. Those cost cuts required by non technical people is what hurt the shuttle. Leaders like the men in Congress and the Senate who in many cases could not find there way under the hood of there car let alone inside a radio. Listen to people with no foresight like the people of Xerox not understand the concept of a mouse or Hewlett Packard oblivious to the power the personal computer would bring or IBM believing the world only need 12 computers.
It seems that visionaries are always left on the side line until the elites paradigm fails. Let’s not go that route again.
Wednesday, 9 February 2005
The Space Show
Topic: Space Politics
I will be on the Space Show Tuesday March 15th to discuss alternative approaches for space propulsion. I will also discuss other radical Ideas for the advancement of a space based economy. See you there.
Tuesday, 12 October 2004
Open Source Space Development
What are the ways that you could motivate a group of people? There are several.
I believe that the there is a model that has shown its strengths. It has never been used for a tool for space activism but it has changed the way and the quality of the way software has been developed and used. This inovation is called open source software.
I believe we can use the same princples in creating an organization for development and promotion of space travel and settlement. While the hardware would not be free the engineering, labor, promotion and education could. I can see a form of volunteerism florish in a fashion of a volunteer fire department.
There has been an old saying that a volunteer fire department could build the Space Shuttle for a hundred dollars and a case of beer. I for one would like to find out if this could happen.
Saturday, 2 October 2004
Space Ship One and the Xprize
Topic: Space Politics
I'm sitting here right now after digesting the stories and the rebroadcast feeds for Burt Rutan's first flight for the Xprize. By now you know that it was successful. I was able to watch the live feed from Space.Com when it happened. Then came back and listened to the rebroadcast of "The Space Show" which had done a live feed for their show. I thought David Livingston was very entertaining, a lot of fun and a little sarcastic, pooking fun at the main stream media and organizers. But I believed that he had the best info for the buck.
I looked at the machine and wonder how much modification would be required to make Space Ship One an orbital vehicle. The design was never made to make it back from orbit but I just might have a way.
I believe it can be done with out serious modification of the air frame. It goes back to some of my electrostatic research which keeps me busy in my spare time. By putting a shaped electrostatic field around the craft we can achieve two objective significantly reduce the drag on the air frame with a generated ion layer and this also acts some what like a force field which would keep the air frame from heating up and radiation out. There is also a third benefit this configuration will achieve it will produce a small amount of thrust on the trailing edge of the spacecraft which will improve the crafts performance and maneuverability at both high speed and low speed configurations. The weight penalty for this would be no more than 100 lbs.
Below is a quick illustration of my proposal.
Image1a. The Ship is in gray. The Blue line is the positive plate and the red lines are the negative plate. Pulsed Electrostatic energy will be run through the system in the range of 750,000 volts. Which Cause an ionized Electrostatic to envelope the surface of the ship. Represented by the field lines around the ship. This will reduce the stress on the ship both thermodynamically and aerodynamically. Allowing for a much larger range of operation.
Friday, 27 August 2004
I have just returned from a alternate universe
Now Playing: Dust in the wind.
I have been lost in a sea of computer parts and home projects. I forgot I had a website for a while. Not to worry I can again focus on this site. I believe I am through the worst.
Tuesday, 13 April 2004
So you think Bush made his speech and hung up his spacesuit.
Topic: Space Politics
We in space activist community that are not involved in the day to events of the space program. Have only seen little snippets of whats going on with the president space initiative. First planning takes time second we are only seeing a small piece of what is going on. i have know found a source to keep us the general public informed of the major developments on the president's commission. We can watch the forums and seminars of the President Commission Moon, Mars and Beyond at this web address http://www.moontomars.org/news/docs.asp check it out.
Tuesday, 16 March 2004
Using Space to invigorate the economy
Topic: Space Politics
Senator Kucinich may not have much of a chance getting elected.But this proposal is very close to what I advocate. Maybe we can find a way to get some traction around this issue.
What makes this a good plan.
1) It is a forward looking vision of the future.
2)Improves the job market with sustained well paying jobs.
3)Improves our economy by providing jobs and returning investment back to our economy through design, manufacture, and infrastructure.
I believe these things are important to our future. While we see many of our jobs being sent overseas. This would insure that we have a viable economy at home.
Neo Physics Labs
This press release was sent out on march 9th 2004Dennis J. Kucinich:
New Initiatives in Space Exploration
As a member of the generation that came of age watching the first humans soar into the outer reaches of our atmosphere, then to Earth orbit, and then to the moon, I am keenly interested in continuing the peaceful exploration of space.
The Space Exploration Act of 2003, which I cosponsored, restores a vision for the United States human space flight program. It outlines a series of incremental goals over the next 20 years that will facilitate the scientific exploration of the solar system, aid in the search for life elsewhere in the universe, and rekindle the spirit of discovery that created this nation. These goals include the development of reusable space craft that will be able to rendezvous with near-Earth orbit asteroids, carry humans from lunar orbit to the surface of the Moon and back, and carry humans from low Earth orbit to and from Martian orbit. A human-tended habitation and research facility on the surface of one of the moons of Mars is also among its goals.
The exploration of space is in our national interest for a number of reasons.
- A bold and sustained human space exploration initiative has the potential to inspire a new generation of young people in the same way as the Apollo program did.
- Completion of the International Space Station has the potential to engage the international community in peaceful cooperation in space.
- By working in partnership with the private sector, NASA will lead the way in developing new technologies in energy, materials, communication, medicine, and propulsion. It will create the industries of the future and new high-tech jobs.
- The jobs created by a space program are located in cities and towns throughout the United States. By increasing the budget for space exploration, we are putting Americans back to work in a visionary industry that has no limits to creativity or imagination.
I believe that one of the best investments we could make for the future of America would be to triple the budget for NASA. The current budget for NASA is far from adequate. Our shuttle fleet is based on 30-year old technology only because of a lack of funding. Although the shuttle program requires $4 billion a year to operate, NASA has been forced to operate the shuttle with a budget of only $3 billion a year.
Increasing the funding to NASA would be an empty gesture if we failed to invest in the human capital of the aerospace industry. Only six of every 100 American engineering students are training to pursue careers in aerospace. This must change if we hope to restore our prominence in space technology. Initiatives such as designing new spacecraft, new propulsion systems, and planning international missions into space will help to renew national interest in NASA and its programs.
Like hundreds of millions people worldwide, I stood in awe of the remarkable pictures beaming back to earth from NASA's Mars Rover, 'Spirit.' A Kucinich administration will promote a bold and sustained human space flight initiative of scientific exploration that will build on the amazing accomplishments we have already seen.
Source: Kucinich Press Office
Monday, 15 March 2004
High probability of intelligent communication traffic coming from the area of HD 195019
As with many space enthusiasts and Amateur Scientists. I have been running Seti Data on my computer.
Recently I started using a new Seti account and on the fifth data set I hit a high quality candidate. The type of data has several varied pulses and triplets that are at different frequencies that could be interpreted as radio chatter across a large spectrum.
Does this sound familiar to what you would find in an inhabited star system?
HD 195019is a known star system that has a planet that is 3.5 times larger than Jupiter. This planet has a orbit that is closer to its star than Mercury is to ours. But what makes it more interesting is the star is a class M the same as ours. Lastly a interesting aspect of this finding is that the star system is part of a binary star system. It has a sister that is 150 AU from itself "HD 195019".
This tell us, that there is a high probability of a large amount of material for planet creation in this star system. Giving any intelligent life an easy to obtain foot hold in there quest for knowledge and space flight.
Amazingly this system is only 65 light years away from earth and the planet has a highly stable orbit.
Neo Physics Labs
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