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Black Saturday remembrance – February 7

YouTube – Black Saturday
 

Note: this video was compiled just a few days after Feb 7 2009 and the number of dead is erroneously report – later that number was adjusted to 173.

Here are a couple of other sites worth visiting:

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Apollo 11 re-enactment – Splashdown (July 24) – Mission audio & commentary

apollo_11_ocean_recovery Communications between Apollo 11 Mission Control and the crew in the Command-Service Module until separation and final splashdown (source: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11transcript_pao.htm). Note times are Central Daylight Time (Houston, U.S.A.) and Ground Elapsed Time (GET); GET 00:00 was liftoff (2332 Australian Eastern Standard Time).

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 7:39  –  GET 191:07
PAO
This is Apollo Control at 191 hours, 15 minutes. Apollo 11 is now 30,469 nautical miles from earth approaching at a velocity of 11,221 feet per second.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 7:59  –  GET 191:27
PAO
This is Apollo Control at 191 hours 38 minutes. Apollo 11’s distance from Earth now 27,979 nautical miles, velocity 11,689 feet per second

Values into CM computer to extend landing range:

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 8:20  –  GET 191:48

CAPCOM
Okay, Mike. Of course, this is in the event the G&N and the EMS quits and you have to fly the constant G, and what we’re trying to do is extend the constant G range from 1100 to 1500 miles.

We’ve run this procedure in the simulators and it works fine. The best way to go through it, just go through it and if you have any questions come back. But it’s the same lift vector UP until MAX G, and then lift vector DOWN and then modulate the lift vector until g dot goes to zero.

Okay, this procedure is essentially the same so far, and then hold g dot zero until you pass the retro elapsed time of V circular and then after you pass this retro elapsed time of V circular, roll to a gimbal angle of 45 degrees, and then hold this constant bank angle of 45 degrees until you’ve come to the retro elapsed time of drogues. Over.

SC
Okay, it sounds straight forward enough. Understand constant G backup procedure lift vector UP until MAX g and then lift vector,DOWN, then modulate until bank angle until g dot equals zero, then g dot equals zero until
(APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 8:20  –  GET 191:48)
SC
sub circular and then roll 45 degrees and hold until drogue time. Over.

CAPCOM
Hey, that’s mighty fine, Mike. That’s correct.

PAO
This is Apollo Control at 192 hours 2 minutes.

This will be first time in Apollo that crews have flown lift vector UP during reentry. Normally, lift vector is down. However, we want to extend the range by 215 miles so for a short period about a minute and 25 seconds during the blackout period the spacecraft will be flown with lift vector up. The computer program for that is number 65, up control.

Apollo 11 is now 25,301 nautical miles from Earth, velocity has increased to 12,263 feet per second.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 8:35  –  GET 192:03
PAO
This is Apollo Control at 192 hours 30 minutes.

Apollo 11 now 22,130 nautical miles from earth; velocity 13,053 feet per second.

We’re 2 hours 32 minutes 32 seconds away from entry interface.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 9:05  –  GET 192:33
PAO
This is Apollo Control at 192 hours, 48 minutes.

Apollo 11 is 19,914 nautical miles from the Earth approaching at a velocity of 13,695 feet per second. We’re 2 hours, 14 minutes, 16 seconds away from entry into the atmosphere, the U.S. Air Force C-135 crew will attempt to photograph this re-entry of the command module.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 9:25  –  GET 192:53
PAO
This is Apollo Control at 192 hours, 55 minutes.

A few of the entry event times have changed from a second to 4 seconds. Others remain the same. Here’s the updated times:

  • entry, 195 hours, 3 minutes, 7 seconds;
  • begin blackout, 195:03:25, 05g 195:03:36;
  • end blackout, 195:07:00;
  • drogue shoot deployment, 195:12:08;
  • main shoot deployment, 195:12:56;
  • landing 195:17:53.

Maximum G load expected during the entry, 6.20.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 9:50  –  GET 193:18
PAO
This is Apollo Control at 193 hours 20 minutes.

Apollo 11 is 15,854 nautical miles from Earth, velocity 15,154 feet per second.

We’re just – we’re 1 hour 43 minutes away from entry and here are the altitudes at which the entry events are expected to occur:

Entry at 75 statute miles, beginning blackout at 62 statute miles, 05 g 57 statute miles, end blackout 41 statute miles, drogue chute deployment 23,300 feet, and main chute deployment 10,500 feet

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 10:00  –  GET 193:28
PAO
This is Apollo Control at 193 hours 30 minutes.

Apollo 11 now 14,374 nautical miles from earth; velocity 15,788.

We expect entry velocity at 36,194 feet per second.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 10:20  –  GET 193:48
PAO
Apollo Control at 193 hours, 50 minutes.

Apollo 11’s distance now 11,463 nautical miles approaching at a velocity of 17,322 feet per second. We’re just under an hour away from scheduled command module-service module separation and about an hour and 12 minutes away from entry.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 11:00  –  GET 194:28
PAO
Apollo 11’s distance now 5411 nautical miles; velocity 22,642 feet per second.

PAO
Apollo 11’s distance now is 3000 nautical miles; velocity 26,685 feet per second. In the next 20 minutes Apollo 11 will add almost 10,000 feet per second to that figure.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 11:25  –  GET 194:53

PAO
800 nautical miles high. Velocity 33,000 feet per second.

Guidance reports Apollo 11 right down the middle of the corridor. 7 minutes away from entry.

PAO
Apollo 11 lined up right down the middle of the entry corridor.

Velocity’s now 35,578 feet per second. We’re a minute and 45 seconds from entry.

Black out will begin 18 seconds after entry.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 11:23  –  GET 195:01

PAO
We’re at entry time.

Blackout very shortly.

Range to go to splash 1533 nautical miles.

There’s blackout. This blackout period should last for about 3 minutes 45 seconds. At blackout we were showing velocity 36,237 feet per second. Range to go to splash 1510 nautical miles. The elapse time for end of blackout 195 hours 7 minutes even.

Drogue shoot deployment time is 195 hours 12 minutes 8 seconds. And the Control Center will not attempt to communicate with Apollo 11 after drogue deploy time. It will leave the air ways clear for the recovery forces.

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 11:42  –  GET 195:10
PAO
We’re 7 minutes, 44 seconds from entry. Drogue shoot deployment scheduled for an elapsed time for an entry of 9 minutes, 1 second.
CAPCOM
Apollo 11, Houston. Standing by for your DSKY reading. Over.
PAO
Hawaii rescue 2 reports an S-band contact with the spacecraft.
CAPCOM
Apollo 11, Houston. Stand by for your miss distance. Over. Apollo 11, Houston. Standing by for your DSKY reading. Over.
SC
Drogues.
CAPCOM
Apollo 11, Houston. Your DSKY reading please. Over.
SC
(Garble)
PAO
Apollo 11 reports right on. We take that to mean that the drogues deployed on time.
SC
69, 15.
PAO
Apollo 11 should be on main chutes now. Hornet reports a sonic boom a short time ago. We’re just under 4 minutes to landing. We will continue to monitor for any conversations between the spacecraft and recovery forces, but we will not initiate a call from now on for the spacecraft from the control center.
HORNET
Apollo 11, Apollo 11. This is Hornet, Hornet. Over.
SC
Hello, Hornet, this is Apollo 11 reading you load and clear. Our position 133:0, -69:15.
HORNET
Roger, Hornet copy. 13301675. Any further data?
SC
330, 169, 15.
PAO
Hornet has voice contact. Aircraft reports visual with 3 full chutes.
HORNET
A condition of crew. Over.
SC
The condition of crew is 4000 – 3500 feet on the way down.
HORNET
11, this is Hornet. Copy. 11, what’s your splashdown error? Over.
SC
Okay. Our splashdown error is by latitude, longitude, 133016915. That’s (garbled).
HORNET
Roger, out.
PAO
Hornet reports spacecraft right on target point.
HELO
Okay, Hornet. Apollo 11 in sight.
HORNET
Roger. Apollo sighted on chutes.
HELO
(Garbled) contact here at 150 holding. Apollo 11, (garbled).

APOLLO 11 MISSION COMMENTARY    7-24-69     CDT 11:42  –  GET 195:10
HELO
190.
HORNET
Hornet, roger, out.
HELO
(garbled) bearing 2 zero zero.
SC
Apollo 11 at 1500 feet.
HORNET
Hornet, roger, copy, out.
PAO
That’s Neil Armstrong giving the position report.
HELO
Have a visual of about a mile and a half.
HELOS
(garlbed)
HORNET
Hornet, roger.
HELOS
(garbled) spacecraft.
SWIM 1
Roger, this is swim 1, Apollo 11.
SC
(garbled) 100 feet.
SWIM 1
Roger, you’re looking real good.
HELOS
(garbled)
SWIM 1
Splashdown, Apollo has splashdown.

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Apollo Moon Landings – Apollo 11’s 40th birthday (Updated)

 

Here are some links to refresh your memory of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing forty years ago:

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Are the days of the keyboard and mouse numbered?

In 1984, the following was a letter to the editor of a PC magazine:

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In 2009 we have the Xbox motion controller (Project Nadal):

 

and this:

 

Not a mouse in sight…

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Sites Mon 02-Mar-2009 – Victorian bushfires, CFA safety message on YouTube

Here are some sites to keep you aware of the weather conditions beginning tonight and expected tomorrow that may effect the Victorian bushfires:

Sites Sun 15-Feb-2009 – Victorian bushfire news, where to make donations

Sunset at Rushworth on Sun Feb 15 2009 Smoke haze from the Victorian bushfires produces a red sunset (Sun Feb 15 2009)

Some links to today’s news. Also links to sites on which to make donations.

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Sites Sat 14-Feb-2009 – Victorian bushfires – news and online donation sites

Some news about the Victorian bushfires today. As well, links to the Red Cross and Salvation Army online donation pages:

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Attention: Team SOAK has just won the Imagine Cup Finals

Another post with photos and videos of the Australian team, Team SOAK, with their first prize in the Imagine Cup 2008 in Paris (courtesy of the MSOzAcademic blog):

Team SOAK (Smart Operational Agriculture Kit) from Australia have been announced as the winners of the 2008 Imagine Cup!!! This is simply an amazing achievement, SOAK members Long Zheng, David Burela, Ed Hooper and Dimaz Pramudya have all come together from different Universities across Australia to create and complete their fantastic project, SOAK .

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Over 220 000 students from around world entered this years Imagine Cup competition, 110 000 Students entered the Software Design invitational, from that 500 students were chosen to represent their country in the world finals here in Paris and Australia’s team SOAK continued their amazing success and have been crowned the winners of the 2008 Imagine Cup.

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Team SOAK have also been announced as the winners of the BT Innovation Accelerator award. SOAK will have the opportunity to work closely with BT and various business consultancies groups to commercialise their invention. Once their business proposal for SOAK is complete, they will have the opportunity to present their proposal in America to a group of potential investors.

Registrations are now open for the 2009 Imagine Cup Competition, register now and be a part of the journey to Egypt.

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WOW, watch team SOAK’s reaction as they are named the winners of the Imagine Cup 2008. If the video is not working, please click here to watch video!

Check out Team SOAK’s winning presentation at the world finals. This is the presentation that won the competition. Must see! approximately 18 minutes. If the video below is not working, please click here to watch video!

Stay tuned to MSOZACADEMIC for a full interview with team SOAK straight after their finals win! Team SOAK explains their winning solution.

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Imagine Cup winners announced, Australian Team SOAK takes home the gold

Courtesy Liveside.net:

Today marks the end of the 2008 Imagine Cup.  The winners were just announced at an awards ceremony at the famous Musée du Louvre in Paris.  I am happy to report that Team SOAK, which includes our good friend, Long Zheng, along with teammates David Burela, Dimaz Pramudya, and Ed Hooper, took first place in the Software Design category.  This is a very tough competition, which had around 200,000 entries, so this is a huge achievement.

Six of the teams, including SOAK, will also have the chance to participate in Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator program, where they will be given help, by Microsoft, to try and turn their idea into a commercial success.  Additionally, congrats to Spain’s Windows Drive (CarlosJunquera Cachero, David Rodriguez, Héctor Juan and Miguel Llopis) who took home the Windows Live Achievement Award.

The full list of winners can be found here and the first place teams are listed below.  Great job to everyone who participated.  We definitely have a lot of really smart people leading us into the next generation of tech.

Imagine Cup Winners

Software Design

  • First place: Australia Team SOAK

Team Members: David Burela, Dimaz Pramudya, Ed Hooper, Long Zheng

Winners in other categories are on the Liveside.net post.

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Live Earth – Concerts for a Climate in Crisis – free Madonna song download

 

On 07/07/07, seven concerts around the world will take place to bring the climate crisis to the forefront of people’s attention. Info about the concerts can be found at liveearth.msn.com and at liveearth.org.

Australia (Sydney) is one of the seven locations for the Live Earth concerts and you can get links to ticket sales, the performers and other info on the Australian Concert for a Climate in Crisis page. Australia will host the first of the seven concerts as the sun rises on July 7.

Performers at the Sydney concert include Crowded House, Paul Kelly, John Butler Trio and Toni Collete.

There’s lots of info on the Live Earth site, including a Community section from where you can download a desktop wallpaper for the Australian event (or, choose wallpapers for other countries as well).

Madonna has written a song exclusively for Live Earth, Hey You, and it’s a free download from the this page (note, it’s only available for limited time).

Othe official blog site for Live Earth is http://liveearth.spaces.live.com so subscribe to its feed and keep up to date. The site has got lots of simple, handy tips for saving energy and bringing more green-ness to the Earth’s climate. For example, see the short section titled Clean your (monitor’s) screen.