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Blue Origin First Human Flight

Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen have become the first humans to fly in Blue Origin’s New Shepard from the West Texas launch site. Funk, an 82-year-old aviation pioneer, became the oldest person to fly in space. … Continue reading

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Open Educational Resources – Vue and OpenVCE

This is a blog post to prepare resources from the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) and Open Virtual Collaboration Environment (OpenVCE) activities to make them available on http://open.ed.ac.uk. Contact – Stephanie Farley (Charlie). Files being prepared in http://openvce.net/resources/downloads/open.ed/ Vue is … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic – Unity 22 Mission

On 11th July 2021 Virgin Galactic plans flew its first fully crewed mission in “VSS Unity” spaceplane launched from under the carrier aircraft “VMS Eve”. The crew included Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. See this press release for … Continue reading

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Nue Vue – New (Virtual) University of Edinburgh

Austin Tate has acted as the Coordinator for the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) since 2007 and acts as the administrator for the various collaboration facilities. These notes are intended as resources to assist in the transition of the assets … Continue reading

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Virgin Orbit Launcher One

Virgin Orbit launched their first commercial orbital mission on 30th June 2021 following a successful orbital test mission in January 2021. The mission was called “Tubular Bells Pt. 1”.

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Nebula 75: a day of puppets at the University of Hull

Hosted by the University of Hull on 27th may 2021, there was a live screening, Q&A, discussion and live onstage filming re-creation of a key scene with the team behind the web series Nebula 75, which was created during the … Continue reading

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BIS Event – Ron Miller – Space Artist

Ron Miller gave a presentation at the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) online event on 19th May 2021 (web page). Ron Miller is an internationally acclaimed artist who is focussed on space themes. I have been a fan of his work … Continue reading

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Shane Pickering – Supercar Cutaway Take Two

Shane Pickering, a graphic artist and private pilot in New Zealand, in the late 1990s worked on schematics and internal details for Supercar compatible with the TV shows and annuals. Details in this blog post (20-Jan-2016). We had a lot … Continue reading

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Blue Origin – First Seat

Blue Origin (blueorigin.com) is to auction the first seat on a crewed flight to space on the New Shepherd rocket and capsule planned tor 20th July 2021 with the proceeds of the auction being donated to the Club for the … Continue reading

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Earth Day- Vangelis

Earth Day – 22nd April 2021 – Space Rocks – Vangelis I have been a fan of Vangelis since hearing his track “Alpha” (from Albedo 0.39) on the collection of music loved by Carl Segan when he was on BBC … Continue reading

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Trying to make sense of Black Rock Laboratory

The fictional base in the Nevada desert for the team in Gerry Anderson’s Supercar TV series is called Black Rock Laboratory. For 3D modellers it is a nightmare as many of the sets used in the TV series are separate … Continue reading

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Moon Dialogs – International Collaboration for Lunar Bases

A seminar in Moon Dialogs Peaceful Moon Salon on “International Collaboration for Lunar Bases” was help in Zoom on Monday, March 29, 2021 3:00 PM (BST). A Google Document is used to capture comments and resources shared during the event… … Continue reading

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BBC Academy – Trust in News

Trust in News Conference: The View from the Frontline Fighting Disinformation Online event – 24th March 2021 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/beyondfakenews/trustinnews Hosted by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent, speaking to representatives of the social media platforms about their part in turning the … Continue reading

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Firestorm VR Mod 6.4.13

Firestorm 6.4.13 + P373R VR Mod: This build includes P373R’s VR Mod 6.3.3 changes merged into Firestorm 6.4.13 release branch. It is created using “GitHub Actions” (GHA) thanks to Humbletim… see https://github.com/humbletim/firestorm-gha/releases/tag/v6.4.13-vr-alpha-0 The user instructions are identical to Firestorm VR … Continue reading

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dearMoon Crew Candidate

Images from https://dearmoon.earth/. Fly with Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) who aims to be the first civilian to fly around the moon on @SpaceX and has reserved all the seats on the craft. A selection process is underway to select those who … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Futures Conversations – Health

The Future of Health – 2 March 2021 – the first event in the Edinburgh Futures Conversations series involved experts from around the world sharing their perspectives of the Covid-19 pandemic and explored how to change and reshape public health … Continue reading

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Mick Imrie – Supercar Take Two

Mick Imrie created a detailed Supercar 3D model in Cinema4D back in 1998-1999 and this has been used as the basis for many ports to other 3D modelling tools, game platforms, flight and space simulators and virtual worlds platforms since … Continue reading

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NASA Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

On 18th February 2021 the NASA Perseverance Mars Rover landed on Mars.. This was my setup for watching the mission with NASA TV Live and a real time simulation of the landing in NASA Eyes… Along with participation in the … Continue reading

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Importing Mesh to Second Life and OpenSim

This is a page of resources related to creating mesh models suitable for upload and use in Second Life and OpenSim. http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Mesh http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Mesh_background_information http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Mesh/Exporting_a_mesh_from_Blender https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/files/import_export/collada.html Cleaning up your act – how a round trip through Blender can improve your mesh … Continue reading

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Supercar @ 60

This is an extended version of an article which appeared at https://www.gerryanderson.co.uk/ on 28th January 2021 –60th Anniversary of the first broadcast of Supercar on TV. Supercar – The Wonder of the Age for Six Decades! First Broadcast: 28th January … Continue reading

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Watch the World – Starry Night

Robbie Dingo (aka Rob Wright) produced the “Watch the World” machinima in Second Life in 2007 depicting a build of the Vincent Van Gogh “Starry Night” painting… More information via https://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2021/01/monday-memory-starry-night-watch-the-world-sl-machinima.html https://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2007/07/remake-the-star.html

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Second Life 2001 Lavender Lake Balloon Festival

Lavender Lake Air Balloon Festival for the month of January 2021 explore four regions floating through the sky in your personal hot air balloon. You can also rez a boat and sail, or jump in the water and explore marine … Continue reading

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Century Wings SR-71 Blackbird

Century Wings produces a range of high quality diecast aeroplane models… one being the 1/72nd scale Lockheed Martin SR-71 “Blackbird”. I have the following article: SR-71 Blackbird USAF 60-6937 NASA YF-12C 1975 Century Wings Item No. 910720 Production No. 0401 … Continue reading

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Diva Canto – OpenSim Tutorials

Diva Canto has created a number of YouTube videos (originally in live session on twitch) to document the steps to create an OpenSim grid (version 0.9.1.1) on Linux Ubuntu… https://youtube.com/user/divacanto OpenSimulator: How to set up a multi-simulator grid (Part 1) … Continue reading

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Second Life – Firestorm Holiday Party 2020

https://www.firestormviewer.org/firestorm-holiday-party/

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Firestorm VR Mod 6.4.12

Firestorm VR Mod 6.4.13.63251 was released on 17th March 2021 and created using “GitHub Actions” (GHA) thanks to Humbletim. The user instructions are identical to Firestorm VR Mod 6.4.12 as described below. For Firestorm VR Mod latest release see https://github.com/humbletim/firestorm-gha/releases … Continue reading

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SpaceX Starship SN8 Test

https://www.spacex.com/vehicles/starship/ Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 – Raptor Abort at T-1.3sec Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 – Go Go to 1hr. 48 mins. into video for launch. Richard Angle’s Timelapse of Launch and “Landing” Image from Teslarti and @RDAnglePhoto Try Starship Yourself … Continue reading

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Second Life – Firestorm Gateway SciFi Portal

The Firestorm Gateway in Second Life has developed a SciFi Portal. The portal provides roleplay explorers with a SciFi environment to explore and interact with: Starship bridge, engineering and other locations Shuttle flights Supply area to get free SciFi uniforms … Continue reading

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Scenegate – OpenSim Viewer – Resources

Viewer Prebuilt Downloads: http://downloads.infinitemetaverse.org/index.php/downloads Issue Tracker: https://bitbucket.org/imadevelopmentteam/scenegate-viewer/issues EchoVoice – integrated vice solution based on Mumble Introductory articles on the SceneGate viewer in its simpler beginner mode and its extended more advanced modes can be found in this blog post [SceneGate … Continue reading

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OpenSimulator Community Conference 2020 – OSCC20

The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2020 (OSCC20) was held on 5th-6th December 2020 on the OpenSimulator Community Conference grid. This is the 8th virtual annual conference for the OpenSim Community which has run annually since 2013. More details at https://conference.opensimulator.org/ Opening … Continue reading

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