Archive for December, 2014

WBMSAT News Bits 12/26/2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014

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DSCOVR spacecraft at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

U.S. Air Force and NOAA join forces to resurrect launch of space weather satellite Triana, renamed the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR).
[Via Satellite – 12/22/2014]

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Geminid Meteor Shower

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Via Blue Dog Films on Vimeo

Geminids meteor shower December 2014…. a slightly different perspective!
I filmed some time lapse images over 2 nights around the 14th of December 2014. Intrigued by the Geminid meteor shower, I decided to make a short film/ animation to explain (very simply) how it comes about.
You have to watch the time lapse sequences a few times and more of the meteor streaks will reveal themselves. They are very subtle bright streaks.

Time lapses shot on a Canon 5d, compositing in After Effects and 3d work in Modo.

WBMSAT News Bits 12/19/2014

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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Orbital Sciences signs $1billion deal with Russian design bureau Energomash for 60 RD181 rocket engines to power the Antares rocket.
[Space Daily – 12/18/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 12/12/2014

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

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A pair of RD-180 engines mounted to the base of an Atlas 5 rocket core. Credit: NASA Kennedy – Space News

Compromise appropriations bill includes $220 million for RD-180 replacement, despite Air Force objections.
[Space News – 12/11/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 12/06/2014

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

The RD-180 is the main engine on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket – Credit: ULA photo – Space News

House-Senate conference measure prohibits future use of a Russian-built RD180 rocket engine that today routinely launches U.S. national security satellites.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

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Orion EFT-1 Launch

Saturday, December 6th, 2014