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Astra Satellite 3B

Posted by Andrew at 1:00 AM on October 30, 2010

Ariane Rocket on LaunchpadThis is Real Art was commissioned in 2009 by the satellite operator SES- Astra to document the build of a new bird, the Astra 3B, at their factory in France and its subsequent launch.  Collaborating with photographer Simon Norfolk, they’ve produced a stunning series of photographs, a brochure and seven documentaries that show the commerical side of space.

If you want to go on the same journey as they did in producing the material, the best way is to follow their blog articles to the finished products.

Rocket Science (initial announcement)
Factory Visit
More Factory Visit (best photos are here)
Astra Documentary Films
Astra Brochure
Documentary Films  

Those of us in the UK of a certain age will no doubt recognise the film narrator Johnny Ball, who presented the science television programmes on the BBC when we were younger.

Astra Satellite Dishes

Satellite Testing


Photos copyright SES Astra, This Is Real Art & Simon Norfolk.

Phoenix Mars Landing Coverage

Posted by geeknews at 2:25 PM on May 25, 2008

I will be updating this Blog post throughout the day. This is an exciting day for science and space buff’s Phoenix begins it landing sequence a short time from now…

Discovery will be doing live coverage and NASA TV will be streaming as well. I have been watching the press coverage this morning and all systems are go for landing.

26 Pyro Events and a huge number of Mechanical events have to happen in the 7 minutes of terror during the de-orbit burn and landing. High risk for sure and hopefully all the CAD’s blow and the software does not crash during the landing..

  • 1830 EST Nasa TV is Live!
  • 1916 Propulsion Tank Pressurized
  • 1939 Cruise Stage Seperation
    • The NASA crew Thirilled
  • 1941 Turning for Entry
    • Phooenix has Switched to high rate data communications
  • 1946 Entry into the Atmosphere 7 Minutes to Landing
  • 1949 Parachute Deployment
    • This was a huge check point
  • 1950 Heat Shield Seperation
  • 1952 Lander Seperation
    • Thrusters Detected
  • 1953 Landing Awaiting word on Phoenix

Phoenix is on Mars and things so far look Really Good!!!

The lander is sitting flat, tanks are venting, next step we are waiting solar array deployment. Once the solar arrays deploy then phoenix will reach another major milestone.

Well as a post note the lander is in great shape and science collection will now commence on this 90 day mission. Unlike the rovers though this team has to work fast. As soon as winter comes the Phoenix is doomed as carbon dioxide ice a foot thick will shroud the lander.


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NASA is a go for STS-116 Launch!

Posted by todd at 7:39 PM on December 9, 2006

Sts116NASA is a GO! Launch goes down in about 9 minutes will update as the launch proceeds.

 What a launch it was simply amazing with the Shuttle lighting up the evening sky in Florida with a clean separation of the solid rocket boosters.


From my perspective looked like a very good launch now we will have to see what the tapes show. Here is some eye candy for you.

GNC-2006-12-01 #221

Posted by geeknews at 5:10 PM on December 1, 2006

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Listener Links:
Microsoft Jabs Sony
Free BlackBerry Tips and Tricks for QWERTY Devices

Show Notes (Non Exclusive)
MPAA Pretexting
OpenSource Media Player
Hack a Blackberry!
Windows Vista – Office Launch
Russell Holliman
Microsoft Innovations
Want to go to CES?
Google Alerts
Podcasting and File Sharing
Streaming Cablecard
**James Kim and Family Missing**
Movie Snitch Devices
Fix iTunes Art
Free Office Templates
Business email Rules
Mark Cuban
Cellphone unlocking?
Geek Toaster
Word of the Year
Cellular and Google
My Number

Shuttle Launch at Night?

Posted by todd at 1:34 AM on November 16, 2006

NASA wants to launch the upcoming mission to the ISS at night while the risk are higher they benefits are a wider launch window and less pressure for NASA. [USA Today]

GNC-2006-11-14 #216

Posted by geeknews at 3:19 AM on November 14, 2006

Well we have another winner and he who won will be very surprised. I go after Microsoft and the Zune player in a big way tonight and I think you will agree with me they just don’t get it. Some serious Soap Box time tonight!

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Listener Links:
iPod user Thieves!
RIAA Humor
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Show Notes:
RIAA Spin Machine
Response to RIAA
Black Friday
Windows WiFi Vulnerability
Crack a Combo Lock
Zune and Microsoft Points!
Method to Zune Madness
Zune Install HELL!
Zune and apparently no Microsoft Transparency!
Shoot Video Better
Notebook Fire
Breaking into a Mac!
New Media Picks
Conference Community
Pre-Roll not working!
Google Custom!
Mars Global Surveyor
Win a Island!
Astronauts Prepare
Bill Gates
Sun Dumb in RL versus SL
Vista & Office Hacked
YouTube Revolt

Houston we have a problem!

Posted by todd at 3:02 AM on November 11, 2006

MarsgrsThe Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) could be in deep trouble. NASA has in essence lost contact with the spacecraft. With the spacecraft having been in orbit for nearly 9 years it has outlived it’s mission expectancy. NASA will be working hard to re-establish contact but sadly the spacecraft could be lost. [New Scientist]

One way Ticket for Mars Rover Opportunity?

Posted by todd at 2:54 PM on November 9, 2006

OpportunityWell the folks at NASA/JPL are faced with a dilemma, that may spell the demise of the Opportunity Rover. They are trying to determine how they should drive the Rover into the Victoria Crater but they are not necessarily worried about driving out. Thus the Opportunity Rover could very well be on a one way ticket into a crater to collect science. [BBC]

UFO Video that peaked my Interest!

Posted by geeknews at 2:31 PM on November 6, 2006

Those of you that have listened to my Podcast know about the two UFO sightings that I have had, that based upon my interpretation where the real deal. Every once in a while a UFO headline or video catches my eye. Thought some of you may enjoy this one that has surfaced on YouTube. The audio is really bad but listen pretty close to the commentary and let me know what you think. [YouTube]

NASA to Save Hubble!

Posted by geeknews at 2:32 PM on October 31, 2006

This is very good news for the science community I firmly believe that NASA has made the correct choice here. [ABC]