Update: Stephen C. Smith reviews the absurdities displayed during last week’s House subcommittee hearing on the NASA authorization draft bill and whether “some of the representatives might be waking up to the reality that SLS is on an unsustainable course, as was its Constellation predecessor”: : A Rock and a Hard Place – Space KSC
thanks the members of the Planetary Society and others for your overwhelming and very effective support for funding of planetary exploration. We’re being heard in Washington, but the fight continues. We need your continued support!
Copenhagen Suborbitals gave this update on preparations for the launch on Sunday 11AM CEST (5 am ET, 9 am GMT) of their Sapphire actively guided rocket:
T minus 2 days and we are still go for launch.
Today mission control Vessel Vostok and crew arrived in Space Port Nexø carrying the Sapphire rocket and the last materials and supplies. Tomorrow Saturday 24th launch preparations will continue. The rocket will be stacked and fueled and we will go through the entire checkout sequence for all systems. Hopefully everything will work according to plan. If so flight director Kristian Von Bengtson will give the final “GO” and we will head out to the launch area early sunday morning.
Today the StreamTeam has been working on setting up the link antennas. Since we are launching 15 miles of shore getting the output of 8 HD cameras to the internet is a bit tricky, yet the solution is surprisingly simple. At the top of Vostoks masts we have attached a modified WIFI antenna on a rotatable platform. The platform is computer guided and always point at the same point ashore. Approximately 1 mile inland we have placed a 2 foot disc antenna that acts as a internet acess point. This way we are able to sustain a 5-10 mbit internet connection.
The camera signal are then sent to our facility in Copenhagen. Here our producer and to commentators can see a mosaic of all cameras. The signals are them mixed with audio and broadcasted to Youtube.
The livestream is now avalilable on our website – and we will begin broadcasting approximately 2 hours before launch.