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Archived Since:March 7, 2008

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STS-125 - Hubble servicing mission

. Technicians working at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center maneuver a protective cover over a Fine Guidance Sensor destined for the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronauts will install the upgraded pointing instrument during STS-125. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller . Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for launch to service the Hubble on Oct 8. More at

Flight diverted because of “drunken brawl” on board

Gael Airlines charter flight diverted to Venice Italy after passengers begin smashing the overhead compartments. In the Daily Mail.

Last Mission for the Buckeye

. PENSACOLA, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2008) Aircraft from Training Squadron (VT) 86 fly over Forrest Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola in the squadron’s T-2 Buckeye training aircraft, marking the last training flight of the T-2 Buckeye, the Navy’s longest-serving jet trainer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mike O’Connor) . Story in the Pensacola News Journal.

Airmen deliver aid to Georgia

. International press photograph the first of 16 pallets containing $1 million in humanitarian aid to the Republic of Georgia. The delivery was a joint-service effort between U.S Army Europe Soldiers and Airmen representing U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Mobility Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers) . . Full Story at AF Link.

Satellite shoot down analysis

When the US Navy shot down a busted US satellite in February there were accusations that it was a stealth anti-satellite weapons test, or a challenge to China’s previous satellite shootdown. But IEEE Spectrum looks at the details and tells why the risk of the falling spacecraft was real, and the decision to shoot it [...]

USAF C-17 lands in Tbilisi Georgia

The Globemaster III landed in the Georgian capital with relief supplies. Another is due tomorrow. . Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Bush said the aid mission will be “vigorous and ongoing.” He warned Russia not to interfere. “We expect Russia to meet its commitment to cease all military activities in Georgia, and we expect all Russian [...]

Leap Frogs

. CHICAGO (Aug. 11, 2008) Chief Special Boat Operator Jay Norton, and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class John Murray parachute onto U.S. Cellular Field before a MLB game between the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox. Norton and Murray are members of the Navy parachute demonstration team the Leap Frogs, which is participating [...]

NASA slips date of first Orion flight

NASA will now be without manned orbital capability for at least 4 years, from 2010 to 2014. Depressing. Reuters story at Yahoo.

SpaceX discovers cause of failed Falcon I launch

The bottom line is that the stages separated before the first stage engine completed shutdown, causing the first stage to collide with the second. I wonder if this could have been the cause of a prior Falcon 1 failure. . Story at . Video that includes the stages collision here.

Eric “Digger” Dowling, flies west at 92

Mr. Dowling was shot down in a Wellington bomber over Germany in April 1942. He joined with the “Tally-ho” boys led by Roger “Big X” Bushell at Stalag Luft III in an adventure that would come to be called the “Great Escape”. His role was loosely cloned by Charles Bronson, as the man who dug [...]

Changing of the Guard

The retiring USS Kitty Hawk passes beside the USS George Washington that will replace it based in Yokosuka Japan. I’m curious which carrier is in the background on the right. I can’t see any numbers in the image. . . SAN DIEGO (Aug. 7, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) moves past the nuclear-powered [...]

Last Cat Shot from the Kitty Hawk

It’s a little unclear whether this is the last shot from the Kitty Hawk, but it is for this FA-18 from Carrier Air Wing 5 that will be transferred to the USS George Washington. . . PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 6, 2008) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the aircraft carrier USS [...]

Eagle Heat

. The heat from the twin afterburners of an F-15E Strike Eagle create a shimmering effect in the air behind it during takeoff July 26 from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The combined thrust of 50,000 lbs tears through the sky with a roar that can be heard for miles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel [...]

Russia attacks Georgia

Story at Fox News. . . They picked a nice time when the world is distracted by the Olympics.

Fat Albert

. Airmen load a CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter into the cargo bay of a C-5 Galaxy Aug. 3 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. More than 950 cargo aircraft, 12,000 tons of cargo and 19,000 passengers are processed each month, making it the busiest aerial port operation in the Department of Defense. This C-5 is deployed [...]

We’re in Vegas, Baby

. The annual Star Trek convention at the “Star Trek - The Experience” in the Vegas Hilton is getting under way and I’m here, at least for today. My best friend from childhood days is getting married on the bridge of the Enterprise at 2:00. . He and I were always Star Trek aficionados, but he and his [...]

Rolling Blues

. SEATTLE (Aug. 2, 2008) The Navy flight demonstration squadron, The Blue Angels, perform in an air show over Genesee Park as part of Seattle Sea Fair’s festivities. Service members, their families, and the general public gathered at Genesee Park to enjoy band performances, air shows, and hydroplane races. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication [...]

Kitty Hawk and the fleet

A fleet of allied warships sails in formation with the Kitty Hawk. . . PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2008) American, Australian, Canadian and South Korean navy ships steam in formation during a Rim of the Pacific 2008 group photo opportunity off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle [...]

Gravity tractor for moving asteroids

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart, chairman of the B612 Foundation, funded a study into methods to prevent asteroids on a collision course with the Earth from doing so. They came up with a one-two punch. First smack it with a collider, similar to the “Deep Impact” mission of 2005. That would move it a good deal, [...]

SpaceX launch attempt tonight

Live internet coverage here. The launch was scheduled for earlier today, but apparently has not flown yet. . Update - The launch is now scheduled, I think, about 30 minutes from now, about 3:00 GMT. And typically the video link is failing. . Update - Launch abort at T-0 seconds. Yeehaa. Vehicle has been re-secured with the launch tower. [...]

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