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More than 20 years in the IT industry. Blogging with a passion and thirst for new technology since 2005.

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By July 2, 2006 Read More →

Countdown restarted

The launch coundown for the Shuttle Discovery on STS-121 has restarted. Nasa are looking for a launch window that opens up at 19:26 GMT.

Nasa are hopeful for a launch but the weather forecast makes it look rather unlikely. There are a number of thunder storms in the area. However there is plenty of time for these to clear before the launch window.

Matt

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

Launch cancelled until tomorrow

Due to weather constraints the launch has been scrubbed for today. The aim is to have a 24hr turn around to launch tomorrow at 19:26 GMT.

Feel very sorry for everyone involved, especially the crew that will have to wait quite some time before they can be extracted from the orbiter to do it all again tomorrow!

Fingers crossed!

Matt

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

No go for weather?

Currently the launch of Discovery STS-121 is a negative due to weather. There are storms in the launch area but the weather conditions must be acceptable at one of the three Transatlantic Abort Landing (TAL) sites to launch. The sites are Zaragoza, Spain; Moron, Spain; or Istres, France. Today’s preferred landing site is in Moron, Spain.

Launch is still technically good and the prefered lift off time is 19:48.41 GMT.

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

About 25 minutes to go!

The closeout crew are just leaving the launch tower as we are part way through a 40 minute scheduled hold. The launch window has just been confirmed and is just over four minutes long!

There was an issue earlier on with a shuttle thruster but the issue has been cleared for launch by the Mission Management Team.

Matt

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

Crew on board

The crew are no on board Discovery ready for the launch of STS-121 and are now conducting air-ground communication checks.

There were some concerns earlier on that the weather could preven a launch but a flight in a Shuttle Training Aircraft by Astronaut Mike Bloomfield will assess the weather during the reat of the launch countdown. There have been some reports of lightening in the area.

Matt

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

Countdown continues

The ‘Ice team’ are just finishing up their inspection of the vehicle on the pad and the countdown clock is running once again.

The crew a dressing in their space suits and will soon be entering the orbiter.

Matt

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

Discovery set for Launch

NASA’s Space shuttle Discovery is all set for launch on what will be the second mission since the loss of Columbia.

Mission STS-121 (Discovery’s 32nd flight) should see Discovery launch at around 1549 EDT (1949 GMT) but is dependent on local weather conditions being suitable.

Modifications

NASA have made a number of modifications to the orbiter, the most significant being the changes to the external tank. The Proterberance Air Load Ramps have been removed from the fuel tank as this was the area that foam was previously shed from. Following extensive testing and analysis the PAL Ramps have been deemed unnecessary.

Changes have been made to Discoverie’s heat shield. More than 5000 gap fillers have been replaced and the heat tiles around the front landing gear doors have been replaced with ‘hardened’ tiles as this is a particularly vulnerable area.

Discovery Crew

From the left are astronauts Stephanie D. Wilson, Michael E. Fossum, both mission specialists; Steven W. Lindsey, commander; Piers J. Sellers, mission specialist; Mark E. Kelly, pilot; European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany; and Lisa M. Nowak, both mission specialists. Image credit: NASA

Matt

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By May 25, 2006 Read More →

Nintendo makes you Wii in the dark!

Just read this article over at Gizmodo.

Apparantly if you have halogen lights in your house you may not be able to use the Wii wireless remote control. According to sources at Nintendo this problem only affects your Wii if you are directly in a halogen beam.

Read more HERE

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By March 5, 2006 Read More →

Shuttle foam question.

It’s good news that the Shuttle is likely to carry out three missions this year, I’m a big fan of the shuttle programme.

I have one question that perhaps someone can clear up for me:

Is the problem with the insulation foam breaking off the external tank a new one?

Shuttle External Tank

Over the years I have followed the Shuttle missions even when the media deemed space flight routine but its only recently that I heard about the foam problem. I know the ET used to be painted but this was stopped fairly early on as the paint added to the weight. Did the paint add some strength?

I think I heard somewhere that they had to change what the foam was made of. Anyone able to confirm this and why?

Matt

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By February 28, 2006 Read More →

UKReg – Recomended Domain Registrar

So I created a new website for Lynn JuJitsu Club (A Martial Arts training club in Wisbech and King’s Lynn) I needed to register the domain name. I had a look around the web, there are so many places to register new domains I wasn’t sure where to go.

I remembered using UKReg a few years back so thought I would go back and see what they were offering. I registered my .co.uk domain for just £2.95 per year, including Free Web Forwarding and Free Email forwarding.

I registered jujitsutraining.co.uk at about 10pm on Friday evening and it was live less than 30 minutes later! Fantastic service!

Check out their website for more info: UKReg

Matt

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