Spectacular BECO cutoff during Starliner launch
NASA and Boeing launched the Starliner Commercial Crew space craft yesterday. One of the stages is BECO cutoff where the main booster detaches from the rocket, prior to the Centaur engine starting up, and pushing Starliner into orbit. There’s an awesome view of the rocket from the ground that shows this spectacular effect at BECO…
Orion’s successful launch brings Mars closer
NASA successfully launched its Orion spacecraft on 5 December 2014. It may not sound like much when rocket launches are not uncommon but the Orion spacecraft is more significant than the seemingly routine satellite launches we see online. According to NASA: NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before.…
Vehicle has gone supersonic
I’ve been watching videos of rocket launches with our kids and this Falcon 9 launch in 2013 is a terrific reminder of how awesome human technology can be: It is more amazing how blasé we are about this stuff.
Curiosity rover heads to Mars
This is from the Really Cool Department (Science Division). Its NASA’s Curiosity rover’s launch on an Atlas V rocket and its still the stuff dreams are made of: What is this all about? According to the mission overview: Scheduled to launch on Nov. 26, 2011, 7:02 a.m. PST (10:02 a.m. EST). The launch window is…