Wednesday, November 30, 2005

More on Falcons

First of all, my heartfelt congratulations to the Hayabusa team for landing the probe onto asteroid Itokawa, gathering samples and succesfully taking off again. Let us hope these samples can be safely brought to earth. More on that in near future posts.

Secondly, slight disappointment is felt in my mind because of the scrubbing of Falcon 1.
I stayed up whole saturday night watching the live-blogs of out of the cradle and spaceflightnow. They were on the phone line to SpaceX.
First the launch crew waited for clearer weather, then there was lox/helium boiloff problems and now they have to ship lox from Hawaii. Because of army launch activity, the next earliest possible date is 17. of december 2005.
I really hope this goes well eventually. (one or a few failures might not be catastrophic!) It will access space at a more reasonable cost level, 6 million dollars per launch.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Falcon friday

  1. The Spacex Falcon 1 rocket will launch . Out of the cradle shall live-blog the event.
  2. (The rocket above launches the DARPA Falconsat)
  3. The Japanese Hayabusa (Japanese for falcon) probe will attempt landing on the asteroid Itokawa. If successful, it will take samples, and eventually bring them back to Earth! Check the live-blog.

All this will happe on friday, the 25. of march. Coindicence? It seems so.

I wish these expeditions well!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Ambivalent Engineer: Why Merlin?

Ambivalent engineer has lots of interesting space / rocket items up now, ranging from why not gun launch, two posts about orbital refueling and now about the spacex upper stage engine options.