Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Getting Closer and Closer to Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic just unveils their commercial spaceship. They announced that as early as 2011, the vehicle should have passed all the battery of tests required to bring civilians, like you and me, to space...yahoo!! It will be a 2.5hour trip, with however only 5 minutes of weightlessness; it's short but that's a start.

Coin Toss Not Random

Researchers have finally shown that even relatively un-trained individuals can manipulate the outcome of flipping a coin. The details can be read in the Holiday Review of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. So, beware if you're not the one flipping the coin :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Kids!! Buzz Lightyear needs your help!!

NASA has launched a contest to design a mission patch for Buzz Lightyear. Buzz just came back from a 15 months stay on the Space Station; he really has a fortunate career... To commemorate the event, Mike Fincke and Buzz Aldrin were given the privilege of parading on Main Street USA at Walt Disney World. Buzz Ligthyear is an exclusive member of the "space jet set" :)

The winner will get a tour of the Kennedy Space Center, and of course, win a trip to Walt Disney World. The winner might be allowed to have an experiment conducted on the Space Station... it makes you wish you were still a kid...

In free fall without a net - Cirque du Soleil in space

Canada has currently its first space tourist visiting the space station: the founder of Cirque du Soleil. For someone associated to a circus, Guy Laliberté will hold the record for the longest free fall without a net... yahoo!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

We need the real Q

There is a challenging design project outhere. Not everyone can afford it, but it gives something to think about. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a "broad agency announcement" requesting "a concept design and proposals for proof of concept experiments" for a submersible aircraft. They want an aircraft that can reach a destination, whether it is 1,850km away by air or 185km by sea or 22km travelling underwater, in less than 8 hours." The vehicle must be capable of "carrying a crew of eight and 2,000lb of payload," and "would use a snorkel to provide its powerplant's air supply while submerged at shallow depths once at its target." It sounds more like a project for a James Bond movie but no, it is a real project so, all the wanna be "Qs", at your drawing table (or computer), get set, GO! You can visit www.darpa.mil for more information.