Apr 28 2017

1977 U.S. Air Force Space Shuttle Overview

The Space Shuttle wasn’t just the NASA follow up to Apollo – oh no, it was intended to replace all expendable launch vehicles, both those in use by NASA for civilian payloads and military launches. The specifications of the payload bay and the overall design of the shuttle were driven by military payload requirements, namely …

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Apr 28 2017

Angry Video Game Nerd Episode 10: Top Gun – Episode Review

10 episodes in already? Making progress, aren’t we? Right, on to Top Gun, a flight simulator based on the famous movie of the same name. James does a fine job on ripping into the game here, and I feel his frustrations on being able to land are genuine – or at least, they were when …

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Apr 27 2017

The Captain Midnight Broadcast Signal Intrusion

Early in the morning on April 27th, 1986, the East Coast broadcast feed for the television station HBO was interrupted by a mysterious message, consisting of a standard color test pattern and a somewhat politely worded warning message: GOODEVENING HBO FROM CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT $12.95/MONTH¬† ? NO WAY ! [SHOWTIME/MOVIE CHANNEL BEWARE!] It’s quite the complex …

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Apr 27 2017

Cassini’s Grand Finale Has Begun!

Last night Cassini made it’s first plunge into the space between Saturn and its rings. Following several hours out of contact with Earth (due to the planet blocking signals), the probe emerged unscathed and provided us closer than ever views of the upper atmosphere of the ringed gas giant! The gap between Saturn and its …

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Apr 27 2017

Call of Duty: WW2 – Reveal Trailer

Here we go, our first look at Call of Duty – WW2, this much awaited return to the series roots in the most pivotal conflict in human history. I’ll sum up my thoughts here: It looks awesome! Now, I’m not one to fall in to all kinds of hype – I know things always look …

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Apr 26 2017

Chernobyl: 31 Years Later

It’s been 31 years since the Chernobyl Disaster, an event, alongside the 2011 Fukushimi Daiichi disaster, that ranks as the worst nuclear disaster in history. Last year, for the 30th anniversary, I covered the disaster in some detail. In the year since then, the Chernobyl remains have since, finally, been covered with a permanent shelter …

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Apr 25 2017

Atlas V 360 Degree Launch View – Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-7

As I mentioned in the previous articles about the Cygnus CRS-7 launch, this launch was one of the recent ones recorded using 360 degree cameras. One of the few “trendy” things I actually like, these allow you a somewhat “like you’re really there” experience without requiring expensive virtual reality gear, and without ruining the video …

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Apr 24 2017

Soyuz 1 – An Addendum

The Soyuz 1 mission, which I discussed in great detail yesterday, flew, amazingly, for just about 24 hours – it was a day after launch that Komarov finally made his landing attempt, which of course as we know ended in disaster, on April 24th. Something I forgot to mention is, had everything gone perfectly with …

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Apr 23 2017

50 Years Ago, The Tragedy Of Soyuz 1

On April 23rd, 1967, the Soviet Union launched the first manned mission of their new Soyuz program. The Soviets had not launched a crew in 2 years, realizing that to get anywhere close to beating the Americans at a race to the moon they would need to produce a new spacecraft that could conduct a …

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Apr 22 2017

Tianzhou 1 Cargo Craft Successfully Launches And Docks With Tiangong-2

China’s space program is moving along nicely – on the 20th we had the launch of the Tianzhou 1 cargo craft, it successfully docking with their Tiangong-2 space station today, the 22nd. This launch not only marks China’s first automated docking and first flight of their future space station resupply vehicle, but also, thanks to …

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