Posts Tagged ‘nasa’
The Craziest Bicycle I’ve Ever Seen in San Francisco: The Fortune Hanebrink All-Terrain Bike – Ride It to the South PoleWednesday, July 2nd, 2014
This is one of them “ice bikes” from Fortune Hanebrink.
Use it to tow your sledge to the South Pole.
As seen a few years back in the Western Addition:
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All the deets:
“Engineered and handcrafted 8000 ft above sea level in Big Bear Lake, California, HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain vehicles are the confluence of ingenuity, ecology, and luxury. The capabilities of the HANEBRINK are as limitless as your own sense of adventure; as a commuter vehicle, it is smooth and dynamic.
Nearly 10 years ago, national champion cyclist, bicycle innovator, and NASA aerospace engineer, Dan Hanebrink was approached by an Arctic explorer looking for an alternative to skis that could take him and his equipment across the icy terrain of Antarctica. Hanebrink created a bicycle unlike anything ever built before. The original “Ice Bike” by HANEBRINK had no plastic parts and used superfat, low-pressure tires that devoured all surfaces in all conditions silently and effortlessly. Today, our drive to create innovative outdoor recreational vehicles continues and is reflected in our mission to satisfy and serve the adventurous worldwide.
The HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain Vehicle is the evolution of the original, revolutionary HANEBRINK design, combining state-of-the art green technology with an on-demand hybrid electric system and the latest in bicycle technology. Crank the throttle and the 600 watt motor powers the HANEBRINK to speeds up to 20 mph. If you want to go faster, just start pedaling.
Three design features help the HANEBRINK achieve outstanding on and off-road performance.
• The widest tires in the industry. The 20 x 8 inch tires radically increase the surface area where rubber meets road for enhanced stability at all speeds, added traction on rough terrain, and unprecedented float on sand and snow.
• A mid-mounted, bracket supported motor optimizes the vehicle’s center of gravity beneath the rider and enables tight turns, rapid weight shifting, and provides more stability.
• 14 speed gearing tuned for a wide variety of surfaces, grades, and utility applications including a low range capable of carrying up to 300 pounds of bulky cargo up steep terrain or deep into inaccessible areas.
With a single Lithium ion battery (LiFePO4), the HANEBRINK has a one hour run time and three hour recharge. For longer excursions, the rear rack can be fitted with up to five lithium ion batteries, a run time of over 5 hours and more than 100 miles of riding. The wide rear rack is standard HANEBRINK equipment and can hold up to 100 pounds of cargo.
The HANEBRINK can truly go anywhere on the planet while maintaining minimal environmental impact and zero-carbon emissions. Where can you go with one?”
Know Better Your Bay Area Air Traffic Control Towers: NASA – Meatball Insignia 1958 to 1975 and 2002 to PresentFriday, February 21st, 2014
Read and learn about the past and present NASA insignias.
Whenever I ask permission to buzz the tower, Air Boss Johnson is all, “That’s a negative, Ghost Rider. The pattern is full.” You know, or some other excuse. I hate when that happens.
Someday, I’ll be Air Boss.
NASA Color Insignia Colors:
Process 0C,100M, 100Y, 0K
RGB 252R, 61G, 33B
Process 100C, 060M, 0Y, 0K
RGB 11R, 61G, 145B
Mountain View View, Sometimes – The Boeing 747-200 What They Call Air Force One Right Next to the 101 FreewayFriday, October 25th, 2013
What you can see from the freeway, sometimes:
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And then you’ll see the support aircraft at and around SFO, in the next county up the 101.
Hey Look, It’s a “NASA Shuttle” That Doesn’t Kill People – A Corporate-Style Bus, An Old-School Bluebird Painted WhiteWednesday, September 18th, 2013
Or so it would seem:
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The other space shuttle ended up being a jobs program, as predicted…
Wow: Check Out This Morning’s Perseid Meteor Shower Photo from Eureka Valley: Meteor, Sutro Tower, FogMonday, August 13th, 2012
From trophygeek, a shot of the icy ether and a chilly Twin Peaks:
“Perseid meteor over Sutro Tower, San Francisco Aug 13, 2012: Set up the camera to take 8 second exposures all night and caught this large meteor as it streaked over San Francisco. The lights near the tower are cars up on Twin Peaks shining their headlights into the fog. I happened to be checking on the camera when it happened so I saw it too!”
Wow, I’m speechless:
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Me with nothing to say
You in your Autumn sweater
Alls I know is that tonight, Saturday, August 11, 2012 will be your best chance all year to see a meteor shower.
What I don’t know is what the cloud / fog situation will be like, but you could see a lot of blue sky this AM so that bodes well.
Here’s what it will look like:
Perseid meteor shower, artist’s conception
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Oh wait, here’s the real deal, from Christmas Tree Road, a half-decade back, August 12th, 11:41 PM:
Canon 5D, 15mm 2.8 Fisheye, f/5.6, 5 seconds, ISO 1600
But people, you need to dress warm – gloves, beanies, etc and maybe a sleeping bag if you’re serious.
All right, see you there!
Shooting stars never stop/ even when they reach the top.
Well here it is, it’s NASA pitching for Rovio’s new “Angry Birds Space” game:
Tomorrow’s Mission to Mars Will be a Lot Bigger Than NASA’s Previous Efforts – Meet the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity RoverFriday, November 25th, 2011
When you’re on a mission to M/A/R/R/S, you gots to pump up the volume, like how NASA is doing with tomorrow’s launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL).
Three rover wheels at
#NASAtweetup show the relative sizes for Curiosity, Spirit/Opportunity, and Pathfinder:
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“Curiosity will be five times as large, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments as the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit or Opportunity.”
Here’s a family portrait:
Bon Courage, NASA.
“NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is preparing to set down a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time. During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover.
Curiosity will carry the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on Mars’ surface, a payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier Mars rovers. Its assignment: Investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.
Plans for the Mars Science Laboratory call for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, between Nov. 25 and Dec.18, 2011, and arrival at Mars in August 2012.
The spacecraft has been designed to steer itself during descent through Mars’ atmosphere with a series of S-curve maneuvers similar to those used by astronauts piloting NASA space shuttles. During the three minutes before touchdown, the spacecraft slows its descent with a parachute, then uses retro rockets mounted around the rim of an upper stage. In the final seconds, the upper stage acts as a sky crane, lowering the upright rover on a tether to the surface.
Curiosity is about twice as long (about 3 meters or 10 feet) and five times as heavy as NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, launched in 2003. It inherited many design elements from them, including six-wheel drive, a rocker-bogie suspension system and cameras mounted on a mast to help the mission’s team on Earth select exploration targets and driving routes. Unlike earlier rovers, Curiosity carries equipment to gather samples of rocks and soil, process them and distribute them to onboard test chambers inside analytical instruments”