Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is almost ready to launch into outer space

October 11, 2017 by  
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After over a decade in development, Virgin Galactic, a private space travel service founded by billionaire Richard Branson , is almost ready to enter orbit. “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space , maybe six months before I’m in space,” said Branson at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, Finland. If accurate, this moment for Virgin Galactic represents a culmination of years of hard work and setbacks, which included a fatal crash, delays, and technical problems. Branson’s Virgin Galactic is one of several companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, in a high-stakes race to establish a private space travel service in the near future. Although Branson is reaching for the stars, he’s declined to reach as far as Mars. That’s Tesla territory. “I’m not as passionate about Mars as Elon [Musk] is,” said Branson. “My love for space is about how much it can do for people back here on earth, and that’s what Virgin Galactic is pushing towards.” As part of his SpaceX program, Musk plans to land rockets on Mars by 2022, in preparation for manned missions to the red planet . “[Getting to Mars] is an incredible challenge, and I suspect Elon [Musk] will get there first,” said Branson. “He’s more interested in big rockets going big distances. We’ve been more interested in taking people to space, and satellites, slightly closer to Earth.” Related: Richard Branson’s new supersonic jet will fly 2X faster than the speed of sound Earlier in 2017, Branson promised that Virgin Galactic would be bringing passengers into outer space by the end of 2018. Tickets to boldly go where few have gone before will not be cheap; each ride is expected to cost $250,000 per traveler. In addition to providing access to the wonder of space travel, the Virgin Galactic service will provide city to city travel across the world. “To get to space we’re going to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 miles per hour,” said Branson. “We are going to be the only people in the world, in a few months, to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 [mph]. Taking that craft and looking at point to point travel is something we are going to be in the best position in the world to do.” Via Business Insider Images via  Roderick Eime (1) and Land Rover

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Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explode during ascent (video)

June 29, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded around two and a half minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, destroying over 5,200 pounds of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The rocket was traveling at around 2,900 mph some 27 miles up when it encountered what SpaceX referred to as an “anomaly on ascent,” ceased providing data to ground control, and was engulfed by a growing cloud of smoke before exploding and sending shards of the craft flying into the Atlantic Ocean. Read the rest of Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explode during ascent (video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dragon Capsule , elon musk , falcon9 , international space station , iss , nasa , rocket explosion , rocket failure , rocket payload , Space X , spacex , spacex 2015 , spacex iss , spacex nasa

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SpaceX rocket lifts off with the world’s first all-electric satellites

March 2, 2015 by  
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday, sending the world’s first all-electric satellites on their way into orbit. The communications satellites, which were built by Boeing, are the first to use all-electric engines to reach and maintain orbit, and without the need to carry heavy loads of fuel, they are significantly lighter than conventional chemical-propulsion satellites. Read the rest of SpaceX rocket lifts off with the world’s first all-electric satellites Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all-electric satellites , boeing , electric ion engine. communication satellites , elon musk , falcon 9 , rocket launch , satellites , space exploration , space travel , Space X , spacex

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Cynthia Sibley Artwork – not super exciting

March 1, 2015 by  
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About “Anthropocene” and “Melt” Installation artist Cynthia Sibley is driven by her profound concern with the tenuous relationship that has developed between mankind and as far as we know, the singular, life giving planet in which we inhabit. The term anthropocene has been at the forefront of her consciousness for a number of years. Sibley’s work has always strived to create visual stories that touch upon the human condition whether the chosen subject relates to our lives on a physical or a spiritual plane. This particular show is visually appealing but there is a palpable underlying current of urgency. There is a sense of tension created much the same way a threatening music score would lead viewers into the next ominous scene. “Melt” Consisting of twenty-five, long tubes made from two litre, plastic bottles suspended in raw steel stands,” Melt” is the largest of the four installations that make up Cynthia Sibley’s installation “Anthropocene”. The piece bears witness to the melting of our planet’s polar ice caps, the relentlessness of climate change and of the remarkable ability our species has to ignore this change. We close our eyes to the truth while exercising our insatiable appetite to consume and waste the earth’s resources . Fibonacci’s Sequence, the mathematical concept that states nature is created on a spiral, is referenced in the work. Ice filled tubes in the illuminated background display intact and complete light spirals. These tubes represent nature in perfect balance. Protruding into the gallery space are tubes that contain melted ice. As these tubes move farther away from the frozen image in the backdrop, the spirals begin to collapse. Generic white pails collect drips from the melted ice in the same manner one would place a bucket under a hole in a leaky roof. The drips are contained but the underlying problem has not been fixed. Placed under the illuminated background image is a row of rose quartz. In the metaphysical world, quartz is a powerful healing stone with rose quartz specifically encompassing the notion of unconditional love. It is absolutely imperative that our species finds a way to heal ourselves and our planet. Each item used in the construction of “Melt” was chosen very carefully, not only for visual impact but also for the multi layers of meaning they would convey. The combination of raw, primitive elements with refined, man-made products creates a scenario that allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions yet still maintain a relevant connection to the work. Examples of this connection can be taken from some of the comments made by viewers with regards to the water that slowly drips into five gallon buckets beneath the plastic tubes: “It is like water dripping off an ice berg.” “They (the tubes) are melting icicles!” “It sounds like old fashioned clocks ticking and ticking.” Each comment is completely applicable to the piece and each has the potential to push the viewer into generating further dialogue within themselves. The process of creating the 8’x8’ illuminated backdrop included choosing a location where the ice and light filled tubes could be photographed. The artist did not realize how deep snow could be in a stubble,wheat field until she slogged through half a mile of it wearing heavy winter boots, a parka and ski pants while carrying camera gear. The field location was set in place from the end of February until early March of 2014. . The tubes were fitted with 12V submersible, LED light tapes which allowed the artist to hook up the lights to a car battery. Every morning for a week, Sibley would rise well before dawn, climb into her winter clothes, drive to the farm where the tubes were installed, haul out her sled, battery gear, camera and flashlight and walk into the dark field. Upon arrival at the location, she would then would hook up the light tapes to the car battery, prepare the camera and wait for the sun break over the horizon. (Sibley insisted on photographing the sunrise as she found the concept of the sunset just too depressing.) Each morning was exquisite and unique, making it difficult for the artist to choose only one photograph for the backdrop. The picture you see in the illuminated backdrop is, except for cropping, un-retouched. On the last morning of shooting, Sibley was delighted to be joined by a small group who were curious about her project. She says, “At first there was some mild complaining about the cold and the distance to walk but as the sun rose and the light shone through the glowing ice tubes, there was nothing but awed silence. A sort of gentleness seemed to descend upon our little troupe. We had witnessed something that was much bigger than us and it was simply gorgeous.” (Photo credit Susan Chantal and Cynthia Sibley) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Whiteclouds Realizes Elon Musk’s Futuristic Hyperloop Train as a 3D Printed Model

August 20, 2013 by  
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Last week, Elon Musk  revealed conceptual plans for the Hyperloop , a solar-powered high-speed train that would transport passengers at speeds of up to 700 mph between Los Angeles and San Francisco. While it will probably be a long time before anyone attempts to build something as ambitious as the Hyperloop, one 3D printing outfit named Whiteclouds  fabricated a model version of the air blasting train in just 24 hours. The model itself is pretty neat because it gives us a first non-rendered look at the Hyperloop cabin, complete with chairs, the elevated transport tubes supported by pillars, and even a mock-up of a station. Read the rest of Whiteclouds Realizes Elon Musk’s Futuristic Hyperloop Train as a 3D Printed Model Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d modeling , 3D printing , Design , electric vechicles , elon musk , Hyperloop , Jerry Ropelato , modeling , rail gun , Solar Power , Space X , tesla , Whiteclouds        

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