Category Archives: Motivation

Three kinds of hybrids

The next fifteen years. Pure Electric – will be marginal Battery energy density will probably be lousy and they will be expensive so that pure electric cars can’t fill that many needs in the next fifteen years. What kind of … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is theirs

A fascinating BOAC (British government airline) advertisement film from the fifties. Tomorrow was not theirs, but that of plastics, the jet engine and the transistor, which made almost all of these jobs obsolete. The British mindset of bringing luxurious services … Continue reading

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Iso-Haisu Flies to 2348 meters!

The Iso-Haisu (big skunk) hybrid rocket just flew, on wednesday second of March 2011. More info on the Haisunäätä pages. Done by members of SATS ry, Suomen Avaruustutkimusseura or SAFF, Sällskap för Astronautisk Forskning i Finland by its Swedish name or Finnish … Continue reading

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Camera Systems

Back when digital cameras started appearing around the turn of the millennium, it pretty quickly turned out that just making a digital version of an 35 mm SLR camera was not a very efficient move. The image quality with full … Continue reading

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Aerospace Video Blog: Lift to Drag Modestly Demonstrated

This is the most awesome thing I have seen in a very very long while.

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Random video blogging

[youtube=] Modern manufacturing technologies enable strange shapes and could produce unconventional pumps. What is good for small scale rockets if turbines and centrifugal pumps have too much tip losses? [youtube=] Rotary engines have vastly better power to weight ratios and … Continue reading

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Spaceshiptwo – First Glide

[youtube=] Watch in high res at youtube. White Knight Two doesn’t look so large span after all. Spaceship Two is pretty wide with its outset elevons and the WK2 outer wings need to have the engines so there’s not much … Continue reading

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Gravity Assist Competition

Or The Space Game, by ESA. This is a nice javascript webpage where a probe is shot from Earth to Jupiter with gravity assists at Venus (twice), Earth and Mars. You try to achieve the lowest propulsive delta vee. You … Continue reading

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The Last Mammoth Song

[youtube=] Alina Orlova from Lithuania

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The State of the Art of Washing Machines despicable. They take clearly too little water. They take it clearly too slowly. They idle far too much at the beginning. They idle far too much at the end. They do not offer fast forward capability like mechanical machines … Continue reading

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