Archive for July, 2006

By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Discovery Go For Deorbit Burn!

Mission control has given Discovery the go for deorbit burn! The thunderstorms have cleared and weather is forecasted to be good for the landing, scheduled for 9:14 a.m. We are 10 minutes away from the start of the deorbit burn.

Matt

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Discovery crew prepare to return

The crew of Discovery have been told to begin fluid loading, which means that they drink large amounts of fluids to aid them in their re-acclimation into Earth’s gravity. Each crew member will drink approximately 40 ounces of water. They are now dressed in their pumpkin-orange launch and entry suits.

Matt

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Shuttle due home

Space shuttle Discovery is due to return home today which will end it’s 13 day mission STS-121. The weather is looking good for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 0914 EDT. The crew will fire the shuttle’s engines at 0807 to begin the orbiter’s descent.

The landing will bring to an end a mission that the US space agency (Nasa) hopes will help reduce safety concerns over the shuttle programme that have been heightened since the loss of the Columbia ship.

More news as we find it!

Matt

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

MoDaCo Summer Event

This weekend saw MoDaCo’s 2006 summer event. The event, held at Orange’s offices in Paddington, was the sixth such event organised by the Smartphone community forum.

This year’s event was certainly one to remember with the hosts Orange and contributors Microsoft pulling out all the stops. Throughout the day there were breakout sessions covering subjects such as programming for mobile devices, mobile gaming and mobile music.

Orange also gave their guests the unique opportunity to get hands on with new and unreleased mobile devices such as the Orange M3100 (HTC Hermes) and the Orange C100. It’s very rare to be allowed to play with unreleased devices!

Im sure that the highlight of the event for many was right at the end when Orange announced that they had a gift for everyone that attended. The gift was a special edition white Orange C600 with the MoDaCo logo printed on the back! Every attendee received a phone.

MoDaCo is a community forum with over 140,000 dedicated members and is the world’s largest Smartphone and Pocket PC mobile device website.

Matt

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Posted in: News
By July 16, 2006 Read More →

Discovery Cleared For Landing

[color=#6200AA]The Mission Control Center told the STS-121 crew this morning that engineers have cleared Space Shuttle Discovery for landing after completing a review of post-docking inspection data.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]The Landing is Scheduled for Kennedy Space Centre in Florida tomorrow with two possible landing windows. Weather forcasts say there is a possibility of showers over the landing site for Monday.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]If Discovery can not Land in Florida on Monday then there are more landing opportunities on Tuesday and Wednesday.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Tracy[/color]

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By July 15, 2006 Read More →

STS-121 Crew leave ISS

[color=#6200AA]The 6 crew memebers of STS-121 crew have left the International Space Station to prepare for the undocking of Discovery from ISS scheduled for 6.08am EDT (12.14GMT). [/color]

[color=#6200AA]Both the Discovery STS-121 crew and the Expedition 13 crew need to perform a series of checks before the undocking takes place ready for Discovery’s two day trip back to Earth.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]In preparation for the undocking the Leonardo multi-purpose logistics module was yesterday returned to Discovery’s Payload bay ready for the return trip.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Landing is currently scheduled for Monday 17th July at 9.08 EDT (13.08 GMT) at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Centre. Weather forcasts are also favourable at the moment.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Tracy[/color]

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By July 14, 2006 Read More →

Vista Install Marathon

I registered for and downloaded Windows Vista Beta 2 a while ago and last weekend I finally got round to installing it.

I had a spare laptop that had Windows XP pre-installed so I thought I would use that for trying out Vista. The first thing that bothered me about Vista was that it comes on a DVD. Just how big does an operating system need to be?

I put in the DVD and it spins up and I get a Window popping up asking me if I would like to install Vista. I say yes and choose an upgrade install, put in the serial key and sit back and wait.

It was a long wait. A very long wait. Copying files from the DVD, expanding files, locating files(?), multiple reboots.

Total install time: 4 HOURS. 4 hours to install an OS?! You have to be kidding me. I know it’s a Beta and my laptop isn’t ultra spec. but really?

So was it worth the effort? Not really, my laptop doesn’t have the 128mb graphics card that seems to be required for all the nice stuff and my 2.4ghz coupled with 1gb Ram still mean that Vista runs like a wounded dog. To cap it all off Media Centre cant play any of my videos although strangely Media Player can?

Good job I took a backup before I installed Vista!

Matt

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By July 13, 2006 Read More →

Astronauts get day off

Following the 3 marathon spacewalks by Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers and the rest of the crew of Discovery and ISS working hard transferring the cargo and supplies to and from Leonardo multi-purpose logistics, STS-121 and Expedition 13 astronauts have been given the day off.

What do astronauts do in space on their day off? Drink beer and eat pizza while playing Playstation??

Matt

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By July 12, 2006 Read More →

Final Space Walk Completed

[color=#6200AA]Discovery astronauts Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum have completed their third and final space walk of mission STS-121.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]The spacewalkers tested repair techniques on pre-positioned heat shield materials in the payload bay. Among the tools they used were a space-certified caulk gun and a variety of spatulas to manipulate the test materials.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Landing has been scheduled for Monday 17th July at 9.14 EDT (13.14 GMT).[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Tracy[/color]

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By July 11, 2006 Read More →

Preparing for 3rd Space Walk

The STS-121 and Expedition 13 crew members are pressing ahead with today’s scheduled activities aboard Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station.

One of the main tasks on the schedule is the transfer of items to and from the shuttle, the International Space Station and the Leonardo multi-purpose logistics module. Leonardo arrived inside Discovery’s payload bay with more than 7,400 pounds of equipment and supplies for the station. Leonardo will be returned Friday to the payload bay packed with more than 4,300 pounds of science experiment results, unneeded items and trash.

The crews are also preparing for the third and final spacewalk to be conducted during STS-121’s visit to the station. Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum are slated to begin the excursion at 7:13 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The spacewalkers will demonstrate on-orbit shuttle heat shield repair techniques.

Matt

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