Category Archives: Space

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NASA Artemis 3D Mosaic Sculpture

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis/Be_a_part_of_the_Artemis_Generation The NASA Artemis Program will see humanity live sustainably and work on the Moon. To celebrate, NASA will feature images/selfies from people across the world on a 3D mosaic sculpture representing their future plans. The images will be colour-matched, … Continue reading

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The People’s Moon

As described at https://thepeoplesmoon.com/explore/, The People’s Moon has been co-created By British artist Helen Marshall of the People’s Picture, and Christina Korp of the Aldrin Family Foundation, and unveiled at iconic global locations on Saturday 20 July 2019… “The People’s … Continue reading

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Second Life – Apollo 11

20th July 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon. The National Space Society arranged an experience in Second Life to celebrate the event… #Apollo50th #SecondLifeChallenge https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2586-apollo50th-secondlifechallenge/ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/30/51/3674 Did you see that Buzz! Houston… we may … Continue reading

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Sansar – Apollo 11

20th July 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon. So a good time to revisit the Apollo 11 Experiences in Sansar… Apollo Museum and Tranquility Base… #Apollo50th

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ImmersiveVR – Apollo 11

20th July 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon. So a good time to revisit the Apollo 11 ImmersiveVR Experiences via the Oculus Rift… this time using the Apollo 11 HD update… #Apollo50th

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Black Hole

A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time by a network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). The image shows a supermassive black hole in the centre of Messier … Continue reading

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Virtual Harmony – Mars Expedition

Virtual Harmony is an OpenSimulator-based educational simulation grid with contributions by Barbara Truman at the University of Central Florida, Cynthia Calongne at Colorado Technical University, Andrew Stricker at the Air University and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. An award winning rich … Continue reading

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Dual Universe

I am a Kickstarter Funder for the emerging MMO orientated Dual Universe platform. Dual Universe Alpha 1 usage is subject to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) so this blog post only provides useful links and publicly posted images and videos by … Continue reading

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Sansar – Space Experiences

Linden Lab’s Sansar has two featured experiences related to the Apollo Moon Missions.. Apollo 11 – Sea of Tranquility (note spelling variant with a single “l”) NASA Apollo Museum Some free space suits are available to customise your avatar (need … Continue reading

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Cassini – Grand Finale

Timeline 15th September 2017: Final Entry to Saturn Atmosphere… 6:32 am EDT (3:32 am PDT) Thrusters at 100% of capacity; high-gain antenna begins to point away from Earth, leading to loss of signal. Event received on Earth at approx. 11:55 … Continue reading

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Cassini – A Celebration of the Grand Finale

Cassini Grand Finale Event in Sinespace – with NASA JPL Live Stream11am UT/12 noon BST to 12:30pm UT/1:30pm BST on 15th September 2017 For more details and links see this blog post. Timeline 15th September 2017: Final Entry to Saturn … Continue reading

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Sine.space – 2001: a Space Odyssey

As of September 2017, the 2001 Space Station and Orion III Shuttle can be found on the “Space Station” region in sinespace. You arrive at the International Space Station (ISS). It is quite a way off, so look around for … Continue reading

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NASA Eyes

See the current or historic positions of spacecraft, planets and solar system bodies with @NASA_Eyes app for Windows and Mac. Download from http://eyes.nasa.gov. Checked out the view from Cassini during the flyby of Titan on 29th November 2016… There are … Continue reading

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Sine.space – ISS Region

Sine.space by Sine Wave Entertainment is a multi-user virtual world based on Unity3D. I used the Unity3D Sine Space Base prepared as noted in the blog post and installed the International Space Station (ISS) VR Experience content including detailed 3D … Continue reading

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Asgardia – The Space Nation

Asgardia (http://asgardia.space/) is a project to explore a space-based community by creating an “Asgardia Citzenship” of those interested. It will start with privately financed spacecraft and go on from there.

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Unity with OpenVR for Vive and Oculus via SteamVR

It is straightforward to start a Virtual Reality (VR) application using Unity 5.4 for SteamVR which supports both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift head-mounted VR displays. Getting Started Tutorial: http://unity3d.college/2016/04/29/getting-started-steamvr/ Unity – SteamVR Plugin: https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/en/#!/content/32647 Follow the above tutorial … Continue reading

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X-15 VR Experience in Unity3D

As a variant on my recent Unity3D Gerry Anderson’s Supercar-themed “Avgas, Will Travel” VR Experience for the Oculus Rift… I added a 3D model of the X-15A-2 by TaffGoch. Although, of course, the X-15 was not an orbital craft (See … Continue reading

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2001 VR Experience in Unity3D

As a variant on my recent Unity3D Gerry Anderson’s Supercar-themed “Avgas, Will Travel” VR Experience for the Oculus Rift… I added 3D models of the 2001 Space Station by Filip and the Orion III PanAm Shuttle made by Daniel M. … Continue reading

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Supercar Take Two: Avgas, Will Travel

The “Supercar: Take Two” project (“Take 2” for short) is a collaborative venture, originally started in 1998, involving a number of Supercar enthusiasts and those with an interest in Gerry Anderson productions. Its aim is to develop an on-line multi-media … Continue reading

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