Wind Tunnel Testing, Scale Model of Space Launch System
A scale model of the Space Launch System (SLS) is tested in an 11-by-11-foot transonic wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The tests will be used to enhance the design and stability of the SLS — essential to America’s future in human spaceflight and scientific exploration of deep space.
Image credit: NASA/ARC/Dominic Hart
Pad 0A at the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This is where Orbital Sciences launches their Antares vehicles to the International Space station. The day I went (Saturday afternoon), Orbital Technicians were finalizing the vehicle support struts for next week’s Antares rollout. The last picture is the Horizontal Integration Facility, where the Cygnus resupply craft is mated to Antares, and subsequently rolled out to the pad. The vehicle is scheduled to launch on 17 September, and I’ll be about 4 miles away.
We are at the dawn of an age when “Regional Spaceport” is a thing, and this pleases me greatly.
The end of our tour took us to the Apollo/Saturn V museum, where they have a full-scale model of a Saturn V rocket, among other things!
The last two photos are of the memorial at KSCVC.
They also have a moon rock on display that you can reach in and touch, which is older than the earth. (I’ve touched the moon!!)
NASA is currently working on the first practical field test toward the possibility of faster than light travel.
Traveling faster than light has always been attributed to science fiction, but that all changed when Harold White and his team at NASA started to work on and tweak the Alcubierre Drive. Special relativity may hold true, but to travel faster or at the speed of light we might not need a craft that can travel at that speed. The solution might be to place a craft within a space that is moving faster than the speed of light! Therefore the craft itself does not have to travel at the speed of light from it’s own type of propulsion system.
The J-2X powerpack assembly was fired up one last time on Dec. 13 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, finishing a year of testing on an important component of America’s next heavy-lift rocket. The powerpack assembly burned millions of pounds of propellants during a series of 13 tests during 2012 totaling more than an hour and a half. NASA engineers will remove the assembly from the test stand to focus on tests of the fully integrated engine. Installation on a test stand at Stennis will begin in 2013. The powerpack is a system of components on top of the engine that feeds propellants to the bell nozzle of the engine to produce thrust. The J-2X engine, designed and built by NASA and industry partner Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif., will power the upper stage of the 143-ton (130-metric-ton) Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The SLS will launch NASA’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, providing an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. The program is managed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Cutaway drawing of Space Shuttle. Artist: Barron Storey. In: The Space Shuttle At Work, 1979.
I used to study these so carefully so intently when I was a kid.
There was a 3-ft by 4-ft poster of this. II had it on the wall in my bedroom as a kid.