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Laughing gas and rubber

I was asked in the comments if today’s SpaceShipOne flight was propelled by N2O NO2 noted that the fuel is nitrous oxide and rubber propellant. At How Stuff Works, there’s a page —How Space Ship One works— that explains the engine and its technology. SpaceShipOne burns rubber. In solid rocket fuel, the oxidizer is embedded […]

Ansari X Prize X1

We arrived at Mojave airport at around 4:30am. Not much traffic. (nice!) It was chilly and there was a nice wind blowing. A girl and her father took advantage of the wind (“we live in an area where there’s not much wind”) by flying a kite. It’s a streak in this picture. Bright streaky bit […]

Well, that was a short night’s sleep…

Yawn. Here to click the link to the X Prize site, print out directions, and pack up the coffee and tea thermos and go. Ansari X Prize flight #1, here we come.

Alternative Energy Blog

Reducing dependence on oil-based energy, one post at a time: Alternative Energy News, run by James, from London. One highlight: Photosynthetic energy from chopped spinach? (Found via Fred Wilson via Jeff Jarvis’ Issues2004 series.)

Early to bed, early to rise, makes for a witness to Ansari X Prize

ANSARI X PRIZE September 29th launch currently scheduled for approximately 6:00 A.M. P.S.T. Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center Address: Mojave Airport 1434 Flight Line Mojave, CA 93501 …. Gates Open at 3 AM Traffic may be heavy Plan to arrive by 5 AM

Cat Stevens problem: misspelled name

Chalk one up for dew process. Uh, do process. Woops, make that due process. The Time report, You Say Yusuf, I Say Youssouf… chalks the whole problem to a misspelling. Still, the TSA is learning. It recently acknowledged that a Federal Air Marshall, unable to fly for weeks when his name was mistakenly put on […]