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Aviation related topics / Re: Oops! (cygnus rocket launch)
« Last post by Mike on November 03, 2014, 05:18:37 PM »
Thanks for posting these!

What a bummer. Feels like another step backwards when it comes to space travel....
Aviation related topics / Re: Oops! (cygnus rocket launch)
« Last post by Baradium on November 01, 2014, 11:46:25 PM » 

This video was shot from a Cessna 177 Cardinal from the edge of the TFR.
Aviation related topics / Spaceship Two crashes during a test flight
« Last post by Baradium on November 01, 2014, 03:05:49 AM »

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket crashed during a test flight over the Mojave Desert Friday, killing one of the two pilots aboard and seriously injuring the other.

No cause of the crash has yet been determined.

Speaking at a press conference, Stuart Witt, CEO of the Mojave Air and Space Port, where the test took place, confirmed that an “inflight anomaly” occurred about two minutes after SpaceShipTwo was released from WhiteKnightTwo, the 'mothership' plane that carries it to a high altitude.

“I had confirmation of a mishap a few moments later, about 25 miles north of the airport,” he said.

Witt also confirmed one fatality in the crash, adding that the surviving pilot was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that the survivor had suffered major injuries.

“Our primary thoughts at this time are with the crew and families,” added George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic. “We’re doing everything that we can for them now.”

Kevin Mickey, president of Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites, which was conducting the powered test flight, said that investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive on the scene Saturday morning. “We expect that the investigation will take several days,” he said.

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is also on his way to the test site, and is expected to arrive Saturday morning. It was not immediately clear what effect the crash would have on the future of Virgin's ambitious space tourism project.

Mickey confirmed that the two crash victims were Scaled Composites test pilots, but did not reveal their names.

Earlier on Friday, Virgin Galactic tweeted that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly."

Mickey was asked about SpaceShipTwo’s rocket motor during the press conference.

“We were flying a rocket motor today that had been thoroughly tested on the ground – we expected no anomalies with this motor today,” he said. “This motor configuration had flown a few times in the past.”

The Scaled Composites president added that a “new fuel formulation” was used during Friday's test flight, but said that it had “been tested on the ground, many times.”

Friday's flight marked the 55th for the spaceship, which was intended to be the first of a line of craft that would open space to paying civilians. At 60 feet long, SpaceShipTwo features two large windows for each of up to six passengers, one on the side and one overhead.

Virgin Galactic - owned by Branson's Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS of Abu Dhabi - sells seats on each prospective journey for $250,000, with full payment due at the time of booking. The company says that "future astronauts," as it calls customers, have visited Branson's Caribbean home, Necker Island, and gone through G-force training.

Stephen Hawking, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Russell Brand are among the celebrities to sign up for flights. Virgin Galactic reports taking deposits totaling more than $80 million from about 700 people.

A related venture, The Spaceship Co., is responsible for building Virgin Galactic's space vehicles.

During testing for the development of a rocket motor for SpaceShipTwo in July 2007, an explosion at the Mojave spaceport killed three workers and critically injured three others. A California Division of Occupational Safety and Health report said the blast occurred three seconds after the start of a cold-flow test of nitrous oxide - commonly known as laughing gas - which is used in the propulsion system of SpaceShipTwo. The engine was not firing during that test.

Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed Friday’s crash, saw the space tourism craft explode after it was released from WhiteKnightTwo.

"I could see that it was tumbling, and it wasn't one piece," Brown told Fox News's Shepard Smith.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

There I was... / ...when a rogue Quicksilver at full throtle pointed at me!!
« Last post by Jean Loup on September 28, 2014, 04:23:16 PM »
SUMMER1986- It was cheking out Tepoztlán's new aerodrome for ultralights, with a possible flight instruction on my mind. There was one dirt landing strip, parallel to high tension wires & towers, one hangar & two Quicksilvers aligned under the baking sun. One female student was being ground instructed by a young man, while a local tepoztecan was fixing the propeller of the other ultralight. I seated under an empty umbrela ziping my Coke for time to go by, while the instruction was over and for me to fly. My sight drifted over those magnificent Sierra del Tepozteco mountains, when I heard a Rotax at full pitch & saw a rogue & red Quicksilver pointing at the other one next to it, while the local tepoztecan (without loosing his campesino hat) dived away among a spider-web of tail wires. When the rogue aircraft struck the resting one, it just veered & pointed at me FULL BLAST & faster & faster: I only had time to stand up, when the young instructor dived into the (cockpit? WHAT cockpit?) SEATS & cut-off ignition.

Sierra del Tepozteco

Now, it was my turn since the female student noticed she did not want to ride & fly the rogue contraption anymore  ::complaining: whispering something about the Virgin of Guadalupe & making the sign of the Cross over her head, hart & body  ::banghead:: before NEVER beeing sighted again. The young instructor was shaken, but I told him: -"It is like falling from a horse the first time: if you don't go back up on the sadle inmediatly, you will be affraid of horses the rest of your life."  ::whistle::


So he charged me for an hour flight, but instructed me flying ALL AFTERNOON and guided me well for a perfect landing under my control (Quicksilvers land very easy, being tricicle gear)  |:)\ |:)\ |:)\
General Discussion / Re: Humor....I need Humor!
« Last post by Jean Loup on September 13, 2014, 02:27:36 AM »
I thought this was funny:
8) HOLA, amigos!
General Discussion / Re: Humor....I need Humor!
« Last post by Mike on September 10, 2014, 02:11:46 PM »
I thought this was funny:
General Discussion / Re: It's not rocket science...
« Last post by Baradium on June 22, 2014, 06:45:34 PM »
Great pictures,  the launch platform looks like a self propelled oil platform to me,  but I guess that kind of design would be ideal for something that needs a stable launch base.

Mike, it's going to be pretty tough for you to top this one   ::whistle::
General Discussion / Re: It's not rocket science...
« Last post by Mike on June 17, 2014, 08:52:03 PM »
I'm totally jealous! This looks like a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

 ::bow:: ::bow::
Aviation related topics / Re: Firefighting Planes
« Last post by Ragwing on June 14, 2014, 03:01:19 PM »

Brad Paisley honors dad, firefighters in 'Planes' sequel

Brad Paisley has created the ultimate Father's Day gift for his firefighter dad, Doug: a musical tribute to the heroes of the profession.

The country star wrote and sings the final song in the animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue, called All In, which highlights firefighter bravery and sacrifice. Paisley sings an additional song in the film due out July 18 and makes a voice cameo appearance.

Among All In's lyrics: Without hesitation in the face of fear and doubt/There's smoke and flames and everybody needs out/They're all in.

After performing songs on the animated hits Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011), Paisley became close friends with John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. Lasseter suggested Paisley's role in the new film, about firefighting planes.

"The movie is essentially a tribute to firefighters told through these planes," says Paisley, 41. "When John pitched the idea, he said it was a way of paying tribute to my dad. My brother-in-law is also a firefighter in Tennessee. These guys run toward the problem that everyone else is fleeing from."

The follow-up to 2013's Planes features the main character Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) training to fight fires at fictitious Piston Peak National Park.

"We're obviously thrilled to have a three-time Grammy Aaward-winner performing two songs," says director Roberts Gannaway. "But the fact that he has this connection to the heart of our film, the firefighters, well that was just fantastic."

Paisley's childhood in Glen Dale, W.Va., was dominated by the firefighter lifestyle. His father, 65, was the assistant chief of the local volunteer force and an emergency medical technician.

Firefighters were Paisley's heroes and he recalls the many visits to the station.

"My earliest memories are on these fire trucks," says Paisley. "There are more photographs of me from age 5 to 10 on these fire engines than there are photographs of me on birthdays."

Even on family vacations his father used to seek out the local fire department and ask to check out the trucks. Paisley says if he wasn't sidetracked by success as a musician in Nashville, he might have gone into the profession.

Brad Paisley as a child with his father, Doug Paisley around 1978.(Photo: Courtesy of Brad Paisley)

"I thought I'd be one. But I took the music path and got really busy," says the father of two sons. "It just wasn't in the cards for me. The best hopes are my kids, probably."

His father even used his emergency skills on tour with Paisley. Before a 2010 show in Wichita, Doug performed CPR on a collapsed venue guard until paramedics arrived.

"My father jumped to it. He started barking orders. You should have seen him," says Paisley. "Basically, he saved the guy's life. It was a big deal."

In Planes, Paisley delivers one comedic line as a heartbroken pick-up truck named Bubba. But don't expect him to head off to Hollywood looking for bigger roles, even with actress wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

As "Bubba" Brad Paisley has one line in the animated motion picture "Planes: Fire & Rescue." CREDIT: Disney Enterprises(Photo: Disney Enterprises)

Paisley is happy to just have his All In shine a light on firefighters who deserve it.

"It was easy to write this song that shows what matters to me," he says. "We owe them a debt. There isn't a firefighter that's had to buy himself a beer since 9/11. That's how it ought to be."
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