Monday, October 27, 2008

Looking forward to the future of space travel?

John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace has won the $US350,000 Level One X-Prize Lunar Lander Challenge.

Their spaceship blasted off the designated area, got up to 150 feet, and then hovered for 90 seconds at that altitude to land with absolute precision on a pad 150 feet away.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Theres nothing like an explosive breakup

Check out this great video of the controlled destructive re-entry of the European Space Agency's Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle.
The breakup itself began at an altitude of about 47 miles and produced some 600 fragments of 22-44 lb. in mass. The debris field covered a 125 x 1,250 mi. corridor about 1,250 mi. east of New Zealand and 1,675 mi. south of French Polynesia.

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Check out the full video here (41MB).

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