Goodbye ideas

Ξ March 21st, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ special, space |

From NewScientist:
NASA will likely shut down its Institute for Advanced Concepts, which funds research into futuristic – and often far-out – ideas in spaceflight and aeronautics, officials say. The controversial move highlights the budgetary pressures the agency is facing as it struggles to retire the space shuttles by 2010 and develop their replacement.
The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was established to “give an opportunity for people outside of NASA to develop really revolutionary and creative concepts for future aeronautics and space missions”, says Robert Cassanova, who has served as the institute’s director since its inception in February 1998.
The institute, which operates from an office in Atlanta, Georgia, US, receives about $4 million per year from NASA. Most of that is used to fund research into innovative technologies; recent grants include the conceptual development of spacecraft that could surf the solar system on magnetic fields, motion-sensitive spacesuits that could generate […]

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NASA approves sending space shuttle to repair Hubble telescope

Ξ October 31st, 2006 | → 0 Comments | ∇ space |

It’s about time NASA did something right. I half expected them to send a shuttle armed with rockets to blast the thing out of the sky if only because it would be just about the dumbest thing to do.
From the article:

“CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Tuesday approved sending a space shuttle to repair the 16-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, reversing his predecessor’s contentious decision to nix the mission.
Griffin’s announcement was greeted eagerly by astronomers who feared Hubble would deteriorate before the end of the decade without a mission to add new camera instruments, sensors and replace aging batteries.
The shuttle mission will likely be in early 2008.”

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Edwards Airforce Base Air Show

Ξ October 29th, 2006 | → 0 Comments | ∇ special, categorized, space, Tech, Special Attention Required |

Air Show Acts
Gates open at 7 flying starts at 10:00 AM
Saturday and Sunday performances are identical.
Flying starts with the F-16 Sonic Boom commemorating Chuck Yeager’s breaking of the sound barrier.

Golden Knights Flag Jump
Opening Ceremonies
F-22A Demo Flight
P-51 Demo Flight
A-10 Demo Flight
F-15E Demo Flight
Heritage Flights F-22A, F-15, A-10, P-51
Mr. Craif Treft and his aerobatic Pitt
Red Bull Aerobatic Mig-17
NASA ER-2 Fly By
T-34 Demo Flight
F/A-18 Hornet Demo Flight
F4U Corsair and Hawker Sea Fury legacy flights
B-25 Mitchell Fly By

General Break for Lunch

Hang Glider Demo by Dan Buchanan
Mr. John Collver’s AT-6
Royal Dutch AF Precision Team Performance F-16
Ms. Margaret Stivers Wing Walker and Aviatrix
C-17 Air Drop and Demo
B-52 Demo
Golden Knights
B-1 Demo
F-117 Stealth Fighter Demo
Predator MQ-9 fly by
AFFTC Aerial Review
Air Force Thunderbirds

Show will end at roughly 4:45 p.m.

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