Wednesday, September 29, 2004

X-prize: One down, one to go!

SpaceshipOne made the first of two planned flights towards the X-prize. It was successful but a bit scarier than planned. Hopefully the can do something about that roll before Monday.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Space... Virgin Territory?

Just a few days ahead of spaceship one's try at the x-prize Richard Branson has announced the formation of Virgin Galactic a company which plans to liscense the spaceOne technology to take tourists into space by 2007. Wonder if each seat will have its own tv screen.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Building a better cockroach

So now even cockroaches need to worry about being replaced by robots! For a bit more detail and some cool viedo clips go here
and to think... a lot of this work is going on 3 floors above me! That's cool as long as none of the roaches (robotic or biological) escape.

Robot menace!

As long as the concept of the robot has been around there are those who have been fearful of it. robots could steal our jobs, take over the planet, exterminate the human race or even.... beat us at poker? Yep, with the rise of on-line poker comes the suspision that not all the players are human

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Maybe Icarus would be a more appropriate name

Just when the Mars rovers were helping to rehabilitate NASA's pulic image, Genesis had to go muck things up.
The Genesis capsule was suppossed to deploy a parachute and be snagged mid-air by a helicopter. Instead the chute never deployed and capsule hit the desert floor in a 100 mph "hard landing". So now smples which should have been removed in clean room conditions areexposed to the elements. Sure hope these guys saw "The Andromenda Strain." http://genesis.entry.cnn/index.html

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

I'm not sure how I feel about this movie. It could be decent or it could really suck. The web site is kinda interesting and the trailer does look better than the first one I saw.

Faster than a speeding bullet it's a bird it's a plane it's the x-43 scramjet!!!!

I can remember reading the Guinness Book of records in the elementery school library. Back then my favorite part was the section on the rocket cars which set the land speed record. Now after a hiatus of a few decades air speed records are being broken again.