From Earth to the Moon?

I am not sure what to make of the video above.  The cannon launcher seems like a bit of a joke, especially in the backyard setting, but it could also work.  And the inventor is asking for money to make it all a reality (see last paragraph of this post for details and link). It’s […]

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Antenna airbags on cubesats

An inflatable antenna is an interesting alternative on a cubesat.  This article talks about the boost in signal range with one of these things.  Very interesting idea indeed, but not new.  There are ground antennas that are inflatable, such as the GATR.  But the idea is the same–make it cheaper and smaller, but keep the […]

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Why space matters and explaining picture-taking (imaging) satellite operations, Part 1

Yes, it’s rocket science, but… …it doesn’t take fancy non-English math symbols to explain a lot of the basics. So, I’ll start with something I think people have asked lately:  “What can they see?”  (We’ll get to “What can they hear?” in a later post.)  Also, please note this will take a few posts to […]

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