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Aerospace

People in the Sky

I saw the International Space Station yesterday. I was driving home at about 6 pm. The sky was clear. As I headed west, I saw what I first assumed to be a plane, but it was long and skinny, almost…
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WISE launches!

I’ve been working on a satellite called WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) for the past several years. My husband and I were given the opportunity to attend the launch as guests. I figured that I might never get the chance…
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Space, the Final … Something

Henceforth, in recognition of the full product lifecycle, I shall refer to my work as “creating space debris”. Go, Atlantis!

Rocket Science

About 500 people did the race yesterday. We had real numbers and everything. This morning I called the lady who was in charge of the race: Me: “Hi, I’m interested in the results of the Turkey Trot.” LICOTR: [silence, followed…
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NextSat, The End

Friday I had the privilege of being on console when we shut down NextSat. Adios, freefall in peace!

Mating dance

Orbital Express duo split apart, rejoin autonomously A mission to test satellite servicing techniques took a giant leap forward in a 300-mile-high space ballet Saturday, when two spacecraft separated, spent an hour flying in tight formation, and automatically docked together…
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Pictures from space

Our spacecraft: More videos and images: http://www.darpa.mil/orbitalexpress/mission_updates.html http://boeing.com/ids/advanced_systems/orbital/oe_mm/index.html http://boeing.com/ids/advanced_systems/orbital/oe_images.html

What I’ve been doing for the last week

Software glitch hinders Orbital Express demonstration Not our software, the other guys’ software. It’s been a very long, busy week, but things are getting back to normal.

Quick Update

I’m in Albuquerque and we launched successfully Thursday night. I’m working nights, sleeping days, not much excess brainpower left.

Water Treatment

Today we went to the open house held at Longmont’s new water treatment plant and had a little tour. It was a geeky little group – me, my husband the mechanical engineer with his long career in risk analysis for…
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Coverage

Our little home town newspaper had a nice article about Deep Impact, locally slanted. I must get a very early edition of the Denver Post, because its article, below the fold, was headlined “NASA waits for word on comet impact”,…
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