Melt a stack of pennies, burst a glass bottle, damage various food items, and incinerate wood using the power of the Sun! This 4 foot magni...
Melt a stack of pennies, burst a glass bottle, damage various food items, and incinerate wood using the power of the Sun! This 4 foot magnifying lens will melt concrete, and nearly anything else that gets in its way. nnhttp://www.thekingofrandom.comnnMusic by http://www.danosongs.com (Crazy from the message)nnProject inspired by: drsimons http://youtu.be/pPgHkSMQP5snnWARNING: This project should not be attempted without adult supervision and adequate training. Misuse, or careless use, of tools or projects may result in serious injury property damage, or death. Concentrated solar energy can start fires and cause personal and property damage. Extreme caution is advised. Use of this video content is at your own risk.nnLEGALITIES: Some people have asked about the legality of treating pennies in this manner. The federal law states that there are exceptions made for use as "educational, amusement, novelty, jewelry, and similar purposes as long as the volumes treated and the nature of the treatment make it clear that such treatment is not intended as a means by which to profit solely from the value of the metal content of the coins." For more information, see: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2007/04/16/E7-7088/prohibition-on-the-exportation-melting-or-treatment-of-5-cent-and-one-cent-coinsnnA 4 foot magnifying glass is powerful enough to melt metal, incinerate wood, and burn holes in concrete. nnPutting that statement to the test with various items was the purpose of this project. I'm impressed at the results, and excited at the power available through this Fresnel lens that I've nicknamed my "Solar Scorcher".nnIn the summer, the sunlight at this spot is around 2000ºF, maybe more. Enough to melt spots of concrete into glowing orange liquid. nnI'm curious to see what I can do with all this heat so I've filled a glass bottle with water and I'll punch a hole in the cap. It's incredible to see that the instant I focus my lens on the bottle, it starts smoking. Just a few moments later this water is so hot it's boiling, and I'm a little nervous the bottle might blow. Yep, there it goes. I'll try burning a penny, and, wow, it melted. How about a stack of pennies? Yep, they're nothing but liquid metal now, and I'm thinking that slag in the mixture must be what's left of the copper coating. It's only taking about 4 seconds to melt these. nnWell, I'm convinced there's an insane amount of power behind these lenses. If you'd like to see where I got this one, take a look at my video on how I hacked it out of an old TV. nnhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFw7U7V1HoknnThis one boiled water in less than a minute, welded a nickel to concrete, and instantly torched any piece of wood in it's way. Less
NASA veteran John Mankins is a space-based solar power expert. He’s all about using satellites as solar power plants for the Earth. His ...
NASA veteran John Mankins is a space-based solar power expert. He’s all about using satellites as solar power plants for the Earth. His project is called the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array, or SPS-ALPHA for short. Less
A dish/engine system uses a mirrored dish similar to a very large satellite dish, although to minimize costs, the mirrored dish is usually c...
A dish/engine system uses a mirrored dish similar to a very large satellite dish, although to minimize costs, the mirrored dish is usually composed of many smaller flat mirrors formed into a dish shape. The dish-shaped surface directs and concentrates sunlight onto a thermal receiver, which absorbs and collects the heat and transfers it to the engine generator. The most common type of heat engine used today in dish/engine systems is the Stirling engine. This system uses the fluid heated by the receiver to move pistons and create mechanical power. The mechanical power is then used to run a generator or alternator to produce electricity. Less
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Originally published on August 26, 2013nnAircraft designer Titan Aerospace unveiled last week its Solara 50 and 60 unmanned aircrafts, the w...
Originally published on August 26, 2013nnAircraft designer Titan Aerospace unveiled last week its Solara 50 and 60 unmanned aircrafts, the world's first atmospheric satellites powered by the sun with a mission range of over 4 million kilometres.nnAn atmospheric satellite is a drone that can conduct most of the operations of an orbital satellite, but is much cheaper and more versatile. nnAmong the applications of a Solara aircraft there are disaster recovery, weather monitoring, communications relay, oceanographic research and earth imaging.nnAccording to reports, Solara 50 and 60 can be launched at night using power from internal battery banks. nnWhen the sun rises, the solar panels covering the crafts' wings and tails, store enough energy to allow them ascend to a position of 20 km above the sea level and to stay aloft continuously for five years, without ever having to land and refuel. nnThe aircrafts will operate in an atmospheric sweet spot known as the tropopause where winds are generally less than 5 knots.nnDespite its massive dimensions, Solara 50 only weighs about 160 kg, and can carry a payload of 32 kg. According to reports, differently from satellites, it is possible to get the payload back at the end of its five years endurance. nnAs for the speed, Solara 50 can travel at 104 kilometres an hour (about 64 MPH).nnAccording to reports, smaller versions of Solara have already flown, and Titan Aerospace is planning to start selling operational systems in less than a year which opens up possibilities like regional internet or a version of Google Maps with real-time images. nn--------------------------------------------------------nnTomoNews is your daily source for top animated news. We've combined animation and video footage with a snarky personality to bring you the biggest and best stories from around the world.nnFor news that's fun and never boring, visit our channel:nhttps://www.youtube.com/user/TomoNewsUSnnSubscribe to stay updated on all the top stories:nhttp://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=TomoNewsUSnnStay connected with us here:nFacebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUSnTwitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUSnGoogle+ http://gplus.to/TomoNewsUS Less
Originally published on March 28, 2014nnCheck out our official website: http://us.tomonews.net/nCheck out our Android app: http://goo.gl/PtT...
Originally published on March 28, 2014nnCheck out our official website: http://us.tomonews.net/nCheck out our Android app: http://goo.gl/PtT6VDnCheck out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1fnn------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------nnFacebook is working on a fleet of drones, satellites, and lasers to bring Internet connectivity to underdeveloped parts of the globe where Internet access is not yet widely available, according to a report by Reuters.nnDubbed Internet.org, the ambitious project, a partnership with a number of other tech giants, aims to bring Internet connectivity to everyone across the planet using a fleet of solar-powered drones, as well as low-earth orbit and geosynchronous satellites.nnInvisible, infrared laser beams are expected to be used by the social media giant to help boost Internet connection speed provided by the various aircrafts.nnEarly this month, Facebook made a deal with Titan Aerospace to buy Solara aircrafts that can theoretically stay aloft up to five years between charges, according to a report by Gawker.nnThe aircrafts, which are able to provide BLOS voice and data communications services over a range exceeding 100 nautical miles, could be used for weather monitoring, disaster recovery, Earth imaging and communications.nnFacebook on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Oculus VR Inc, maker of virtual reality goggles it hopes could become the computing platform of the future.nn"We're going to continue building these partnerships, but connecting the whole world will require inventing new technology too," said Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in a post on the company's social media platform. nnFacebook has also hired aerospace and communications experts from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and its Ames Research Center for the new "Connectivity Lab" project.nn------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------nnWelcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off.nnCheck out our official website: http://us.tomonews.net/nnFor news that's fun and never boring, visit our channel:nhttps://www.youtube.com/user/TomoNewsUSnnSubscribe to stay updated on all the top stories:nhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-WqkTyKK1_70U4bb4k4lQ?sub_confirmation=1nnStay connected with us here:nFacebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUSnTwitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUSnGoogle+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/nInstagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus Less
Scientists at Nasa have recorded a huge solar flare caused by a large magnetic eruption. The spac...
Scientists at Nasa have recorded a huge solar flare caused by a large magnetic eruption. The space agency's Solar Dynamic Observatory filmed the images on February 24. The M rated event is not the strongest solar flare ever recorded but was still big enough to kick up a huge tendril of plasma, known as a solar prominence. The entire eruption lasted for about 90 minutes. Thursday's flare was the latest in a recent series of sun storm emissions, but its blast was directed away from the Earth and is not expected to pose any disruption to satellites or other electronic systems. Scientists use a three tier system to classify solar flares; Class X are the largest and most powerful, Class M are medium but still considered very large, while Class C are the weakest. Less
A large solar filament has ruptured.. sending a blast of charged particles from layers above the suns surface in an "earth facing" direction...
A large solar filament has ruptured.. sending a blast of charged particles from layers above the suns surface in an "earth facing" direction. This means we have the possibilities of power grid disruption, communications interruptions, possible out of the ordinary auroras in more central latitudes... also watch for post arrival earthquake, and storm activity. Monitor the ionospheric maps to see the ion flux as it arrives --- this sometimes shows the hard hit areas which tend to display earthquake / storm excitement upon arrival of charged particles. solar images / video available at: sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov monitor this site (as well as others) for current space weather conditions : solarimg.org Less
On July 23, 2012, Earth narrowly escaped a solar blast that could have knocked out power grids and disabled satellites and GPS. On July 23, ...
On July 23, 2012, Earth narrowly escaped a solar blast that could have knocked out power grids and disabled satellites and GPS. On July 23, 2012, Earth narrowly escaped a solar blast that could have knocked out power grids and disabled satellites and GPS. Had the solar eruptions occurred 9 days earlier, their impact would have been felt. That news was announced recently by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley. According to their report, the averted blast was likely equal to the one that hit in 1859. Eyewitness accounts of the mid-19th century hit describe night being as bright as day and a sky filled with brightly colored flashes. Telegraphic service was adversely affected beyond control. The fallout of the 2012 event would have been far worse because of our dependence upon vulnerable technologies. Magnetic surges could well have wiped out communications, power, and navigational abilities for large crafts in the air and at sea. The financial tally of the damages likely to have been rendered was estimated at 2.6 trillion dollars. Recovery time after such an event is said to be between 4 and 10 years. Researchers say that the near miss is a reminder of how little is known about solar blasts, and how crucial a better understanding of them is. Less
Two years ago, a NASA observatory picked up on a solar storm that came close to causing serious technical problems here on Earth. Two years ...
Two years ago, a NASA observatory picked up on a solar storm that came close to causing serious technical problems here on Earth. Two years ago, a NASA observatory picked up on a solar storm that came close to causing serious technical problems here on Earth. Solar storms, or coronal mass ejections, are composed of gas clouds and magnetic field lines that alter the magnetic fields of the planets they hit. In 2012, experts say that a coronal mass ejection came within a week of hitting our planet. Disruptions to electricity and satellite technology would have been felt across the globe if the solar storm hit Earth. Blackouts would cause most toilets, which are powered by electricity, to stop flushing. According to estimates from the National Academy of Sciences, repairing infrastructure damaged by a coronal mass ejection would cost around two trillion dollars. The last time a significant solar storm hit Earth was back in the year 1859, in what’s known as the Carrington event. Pete Riley, a physicist at Predictive Science Inc. is quoted as saying: “It’s likely that the Carrington event was also associated with multiple eruptions, and this may turn out to be a key requirement for extreme events.” Experts predict that there is a 12 percent chance of a solar storm hitting our planet in the next ten years. Less
Just before noon on September 1st 1859, the British astronomer Richard Carrington witnessed the largest solar flare ever recorded. The solar...
Just before noon on September 1st 1859, the British astronomer Richard Carrington witnessed the largest solar flare ever recorded. The solar flare ejected a plasma cloud that traveled from the surface of the Sun for just over eighteen hours before finally reaching the Earth. As the dawn broke on September 1 1859, the skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple lights so brilliant that newspapers could be read as if it were daylight.
Stunning northern lights pulsated at the tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.
Telegraph systems worldwide went haywire. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire. Even when the telegraph operators disconnected the batteries powering the lines, electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.
A sun storm of this sort today could cause billions of dollars of damage to the Earth's satellites and terrestrial power grids. And disrupt radio and cell phone communications.
In the 160-year recorded history of geomagnetic storms, the Carrington event is the biggest. Less
The SOHO spacecraft has recorded the effect of all this rising energy. Its ultraviolet sensors show a wavy pattern of gas on the sun's surfa...
The SOHO spacecraft has recorded the effect of all this rising energy. Its ultraviolet sensors show a wavy pattern of gas on the sun's surface, along with the super-hot halo of gas called the corona. nnThe white regions are places where the rising gas suddenly escapes.nnImmense loops of ionized gas, ten times the diameter of Earth, rise and fall back. These solar prominences are hot, about 60,000 degrees Celsius.nnBut there are times when the release of energy on the solar surface gets bottled up, by magnetic fields generated by the sun's spinning turbulent core.nnUsing data from the sun's exterior, scientists have modeled these fields as they erupt all around the sun's surface, twisting and looping.nnHeat rising toward the surface follows these magnetic field lines, which can also stifle the rising columns, forming relatively cool patches. nnThat's where sunspots form. Four centuries ago, Galileo Galilei was the first to argue that these blotches were actually on the Sun's surface, though he suspected they were clouds.n nTheir nature remained unclear until 1908, when the astronomer George Ellery Hale demonstrated the link between sunspots and intense magnetic fields.nnOver the years, scientists have drawn their strange shapes in an effort to understand them.nnWhat they didn't see, until recently, was the heat and pressure building around them.nnUsing data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO, scientists are learning to read undulations on the surface of the sun, the result of pressure waves ricocheting through its volume. nnLike the study of earthquakes on Earth, this field, called Heliosiesmology, is a window on the movements of gas inside the sun. It's also generating predictions of flares and sunspots, including those forming on the far side.nnDetectors aboard the SOHO spacecraft have managed to catch the moment when the energy capped by a sunspot is suddenly released.nnA shock wave travels rapidly outward, like a solar tsunami, with enough force to circle the star. nnThat signals the start of a coronal mass ejection, or CME, a massive eruption of particles and hot gas. nnWith a coronagraph to block out the bright light of the sun, you can see how violent our sun can get. nnIf a CME is detected blasting out from behind this artificial eclipse, you know that satellites and power systems on Earth are going to get hit hard, especially if it has been launched in the direction of where Earth will be in its orbit in about 24 to 36 hours.nnThe sun sends a wave of energetic particles that will crash into Earth's magnetic field. nnAnd as more and more of the ground around Earth gets carpeted with conductive metal, the chances are that all that juice will "fry" something vital to humanity. Less
Tuesday 2013-08-06 to 08 several Earth Directed Flares and CME's issued forth from the sun. The inbound solar wind and material is expected ...
Tuesday 2013-08-06 to 08 several Earth Directed Flares and CME's issued forth from the sun. The inbound solar wind and material is expected to reach us August 10th to the 12th, 2013. Nothing too much to worry about but here is NOAA's official WATCH: nnGeomagnetic Storm Category G1 PredictednHighest Storm Level Predicted by Day:nAug 09: None (Below G1) Aug 10: G1 (Minor) Aug 11: G1 (Minor)nTHIS SUPERSEDES ANY/ALL PRIOR WATCHES IN EFFECTnPotential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 60 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.nInduced Currents - Weak power grid fluctuations can occur.nSpacecraft - Minor impact on satellite operations possible.nAurora - Aurora may be visible at high latitudes, i.e., northern tier of the U.S. such as northern Michigan and Maine.nnnnhttp://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/nhttp://helioviewer.org/nhttp://sunwhisperers.blogspot.com/nhttps://www.facebook.com/SunWhisperersnhttps://twitter.com/SunnyDa66953120nData Sourcesnhttp://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/realtime-update.htmlnhttp://jhelioviewer.org/nhttp://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/beacon/nhttp://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Less
Hey Hey Beautiful People! WE have a massive CME coming in tomorrow from a Solar Filament that erupted the evening of September 29. This one ...
Hey Hey Beautiful People! WE have a massive CME coming in tomorrow from a Solar Filament that erupted the evening of September 29. This one is HUGE! The data that is incoming is shifting as it gets changed. It does not look like this will affect our satellites or power grid system as the speed of the eruption is so slow... BUT, it is a Photon Event designed especially for us! Along with the planetary alignments currently happening, as well as the drama that is unfolding within humanity, this should get quite interesting!nnFor those of us who have been doing our clearing, rewiring, and the basics of ascension, this will be another Spiritual Rock Crusher event, or a time where we have an ability to incorporate more LIGHT into our field, expanding our LIGHT BODY into the 5D.... For those who are still in 4D brain/ego, this will be a time where that will be getting crushed up and more chaotic, again.... Ha! We will see what unfolds! It is certainly Divinely orchestrated! nnAs you guys know my LIGHT BODY is quite visible in these digital videos. In this one, if you set the vid to full screen and tilt your monitor back, you can clearly see the LIGHT levels of intensity my field is emitting. It is like LIGHT being emitted from a star.... Hence my Native American name "Walking Star". Also you can see where those electrical lines of force emanating from my electromagnetic toroidal field from my "activated heart chakra" cause the fence wire to disappear behind me or reshape the wooden boards in the fence behind. I always find that interesting.nnWishing everyone the most wonderful experience as this CME hits these next days! What an opportunity to initiate changes within ourselves! nLOVE!nbbnnEnergy Exchange for my work is ALWAYS appreciated via Paypal to: email@example.comMy Ebook "The Great Awakening" http://www.shiftfrequency.com/bill-ballard-official-release-of-my-ebook-the-great-awakening/ Less
The Sun has been busy this week with three X-flares and over seven M-flares and more keep coming. The biggest player has been active region ...
The Sun has been busy this week with three X-flares and over seven M-flares and more keep coming. The biggest player has been active region 1890, which has spawned a solar storm headed our way, but new regions rotating into view this week include the M-flare producing 1895 and 1897 as well as old region 1875 (now named 1899), which caused a huge backside eruption. Models predict the solar storm should hit Earth on November 13th, but speed estimates indicate the storm may be moving more slowly. Thus impact may be later than predicted. Much of the storm is expected to go south of Earth so geomagnetic storm effects at Earth may be minimal. nnGeomagnetic storms create the beautiful auroral displays, but they also can cause problems with satellite communications, cell phone and mobile internet services, GPS location, and GPS-based traffic services. Severe storms can also place undue stresses on national power grids.nnFollow @TamithaSkov on Twitter for Daily Space Weather ForecastsnnFor a more in-depth look at the data and images highlighted in this video see these links below.nnAurora Photos:nChristian Begman: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=89338nRocky Raybell: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=89380nDave Patrick: http://www.ontarioweather.com/specials/photogallery/gallery.asp?Photos=Dave+PatricknBen Hattenbach: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=89309nMike Isaak: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=89353nnnSolar Imaging and Analysis:nSDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ nHelioviewer: http://www.helioviewer.org/nFlare Analysis: http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/latest_events/nComputer Aided CME Tracking CACTUS: http://www.sidc.oma.be/cactus/out/latestCMEs.htmlnGOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_1m.htmlnSOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/ nStereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/nNOAA Sunspot Classifications: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/lates...nGONG: http://gong2.nso.edu/dailyimages/nGONG Magnetic Maps: http://gong.nso.edu/data/magmap/nLMSAL Heliophysics Events HEK http://www.lmsal.com/isolsearchnnSolar Wind:nNOAA/SWPC: http://www.swpc.noaa.govnACE Solar Wind: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ace/ace_rtsw_data.htmlnWang-Sheeley-Arge Solar Wind Prediction Model: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ws/nNASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSy...nNOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/nnMagnetosphere, Ionosphere, Atmosphere:nGOES Magnetometer: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/mag_3d.htmlnIonosphere D-Region Absorption (DRAP) model: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/drap/nAuroral Oval Ovation Products: http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/nPOES Auroral Global Maps: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/nGlobal 3-hr Kp index: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_3d.htmlnWing Kp index prediction: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wingkp/index.htmlnUSGS Ground Magnetometers: http://geomag.usgs.gov/realtime/nUSGS Disturbance Storm-Time (Dst): http://geomag.usgs.gov/realtime/dst/nHAARP Data Meters: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/nnMulti-Purpose Space Environment Sites:nSOLARHAM: http://www.solarham.net/index.htmnSpaceweather: http://spaceweather.comnSOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ niSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html nnDefinition of Geomagnetic Storm, Radiation Storm, and Radio Blackout Levels:nhttp://www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales/nnnNone of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of those who have provided all of this data for public use. nnImages c/o NASA/ESA/CSA (most notably the superb SDO, SOHO, ACE, STEREO, CCMC, JPL & DSN teams, amazing professionals, hobbyists, institutions, organizations, agencies and amateurs such as those at the USAF/HAARP, NICT, NOAA, USGS, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Intellicast, Catatania, rice.edu, wisc.edu, sonoma.edu ucalgary.ca, rssi.ru, ohio-state.edu, solen.info, and more. Thanks for making Space Weather part of our every day dialogue. Less
Origami is a source of inspiration for BYU mechanical engineers who are working with the National Science Foundation, NASA/JPL and origami m...
Origami is a source of inspiration for BYU mechanical engineers who are working with the National Science Foundation, NASA/JPL and origami master Robert Lang to design complaint mechanisms for use in space and in other applications. nn(Video produced by BYU News. Producer Julie Walker, Photographer Brian Wilcox, Editor Samuel Reimer. Additional images provided by NASA/JPL, langorigami.com, BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research Group, Matthew Gong, and Carrie Henzie (Redpath Museum). nnSee more about BYU space research and collaborations with origami master Robert Lang at http://bit.ly/17WMdRXnnBYU engineers turn to origami to solve astronomical space problem; Partnership with NASA could send origami to the final frontiernnBYU engineers have teamed up with a world-renown origami expert to solve one of space exploration's greatest (and ironic) problems: lack of space.nnWorking with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team of mechanical engineering students and faculty have designed a solar array that can be tightly compacted for launch and then deployed in space to generate power for space stations or satellites.nnApplying origami principles on rigid silicon solar panels -- a material considerably thicker than the paper used for the traditional Japanese art -- the BYU-conceived solar array would unfold to nearly 10 times its stored size.nn"It's expensive and difficult to get things into space; you're very constrained in space," said BYU professor and research team leader Larry Howell. "With origami you can make it compact for launch and then as you get into space it can deploy and be large."nnThe current project, detailed in the November issue of the Journal of Mechanical Design, is propelled by collaboration between BYU, NASA and origami expert Robert Lang. Howell reached out to Lang as part of landing a $2 million National Science Foundation grant in 2012 to explore the combination of origami and compliant mechanisms. (Joint-less, elastic structures that use flexibility to create movement.)nnBYU was already working with NASA through the Jet Propulsion Lab, where grad student Shannon Zirbel has been instrumental in the project. The research team plans to work together for several more years on various projects, but hopes NASA can put their work to good use before they're through.nn"It's hard to predict what the greatest outcome of this collaboration will be, but it would be a great success if a solar array based on our concept flew on a NASA mission," Lang said.nnThe particular solar array developed by the group can be folded tightly down to a diameter of 2.7 meters and unfolded to its full size of 25 meters across. The goal is to create an array that can produce 250 kilowatts of power. Currently, the International Space Station has eight solar arrays that generate 84 kilowatts of energy.nnHowell said origami through compliant mechanisms is a perfect fit for space exploration: It is low cost and the materials can handle harsh solar environments.nn"Space is a great place for a solar panel because you don't have to worry about nighttime and there are no clouds and no weather," he said. "Origami could also be used for antennas, solar sails and even expandable nets used to catch asteroids."nnThe research team has already looked beyond the final frontier for origami applications in engineering. Some applications Howell said may be possible include:nn Stents or implants that can be inserted through small incisions before expanding inside the bodyn Phones that can be compact when you're not using them and then unfold for usen Deployable housing or shelters that can be shipped or parachuted compactly and then expanded for emergency usenn"If we can extend the knowledge of origami artists to work in materials beyond paper, it will lead to powerful systems with unprecedented performance," Howell said. "We will do things no one has ever done before." Less
A Montreal-area family was left stunned when a sort-of electrically fueled mass fireball blazed down power lines outside their home last wee...
A Montreal-area family was left stunned when a sort-of electrically fueled mass fireball blazed down power lines outside their home last week.nThe Griffiths family lost power Friday when a surge of winds knocked down power lines in Lachine, a suburb of Montreal. The family soon witnessed a massive fireball approach and fly past their house. By the time the second one came, the family was ready.n"What we saw was this fireball barreling down our power lines, and emanating an extreme amount of heat that essentially forced us back inside, because it was so so so hot," Huw Griffiths said. "It was like a surge, it was literally like a fireball, it's the only way I can describe it."nThe Griffiths put the video up on YouTube Friday morning, and since it has since gone viral. By today it's already racked up over one million views.n"I'm happy that I captured something. That something was obviously pretty scary," Griffiths said.nBut now the family is now wondering — just what exactly zapped past their house?n"I don't think anybody online has been able to explain the phenomenon correctly," Griffiths said.nOnline users have been chiming in, some calling the phenomenon the result of a "high impedance electrical arcing fault."nGriffiths, a father of 2, appreciates the online support.n"It's the first time I've ever seen anything like that and I appreciate people thanking me for showing them something they've never seen before," he said. Less
On August 24, 2012 Skillset in partnership with Net Balance and ABC Rural presented FACETS 2012, a TEDx styled event that focused on key iss...
On August 24, 2012 Skillset in partnership with Net Balance and ABC Rural presented FACETS 2012, a TEDx styled event that focused on key issues for regional Australia: Food, Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Topsoil and Sustainability. FACETS 2012 consisted of 16 presentations of no more than 18 minutes each, delivered by passionate and informed people with the aim to empower people, build useful connections and bring about a positive change in our communities. The FACETS 2012 hub event held at Skillset's Flannery Centre in Bathurst NSW, was linked live to satellite events in regional locations across Australia, this ensured that FACETS 2012 initiated international, national and local conversations worth having. Less
video for embedding at http://scitech.quickfound.net/nn"The film describes preparation and launch of five satellites and two space probes du...
video for embedding at http://scitech.quickfound.net/nn"The film describes preparation and launch of five satellites and two space probes during 1958.nnOn January 31, a Jupiter [Juno 1] vehicle launched Explorer I into space. Data from this satellite was used to identify the van Allen radiation belts.nnOn March 17, a Vanguard I rocket launched an Earth satellite with solar batteries. Data from the mission was used to determine that the Earth is slightly pear-shaped.nnOn March 26, Explorer III was launched to further study the van Allen belts, micrometeoroid impacts, and internal and external temperatures.nnExplorer IV, launched on July 26, was intended to study radiation and temperature data.nnA lunar probe, ABLE I, was intended to measure radiation, magnetic fields of Earth and the Moon, density of micrometeoric matter, and internal temperatures. A four-stage rocket was used in the launch. However, a turbo-pump failed and the liquid oxygen pump stopped, resulting in a failed mission.nnOn October 10, Pioneer I was launched by an ABLE vehicle. First and second stage velocity was less than desired and the probe did not leave Earth orbit. Attempts to attain escape velocity were unsuccessful.nnOn December, a Jupiter boost vehicle was used to launch Juno II, with Pioneer III as the payload. Escape velocity was reached and Pioneer III left Earth's atmosphere.nnFailed launches, such as those of Vanguard boost vehicles and several Explorer satellites, also added to scientific knowledge."nnpart 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekoA62sNEYknnsee also: Explorer 1: "The Big Picture: Army Satellites" 1958 US Armynhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Huf6ffzZMv8nn841 page .pdf: From PEENEMUNDE to OUTER SPACEnCommemorating the Fiftieth Birthday of Wernher von Braun March 23, 1962nhttp://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19630006100_1963006100.pdfnn"The Juno 1 and Juno 2 vehicles, both four-stage rocket systems, were conceived as fast and thrifty solutions for launching satellites and space probes. Both were developed by the former Development Operations Division of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (contributing the first stages, guidance and control systems, and the launching) and by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (contributing the high-speed upper stage assembly).nnThe composition of these multistage carrier vehicles was characterized by the choice of thoroughly proven components. It was intended that required modifications of existing hardware would not impair the reliability of the vehicles. Thus it became possible to provide, with existing means, a workable rocket system carrying payloads ranging from a maximum of 25 lb for Juno 1 to a maximum of 92 lb for Juno 2 (Table 9.1). Both vehicles evolved from the Jupiter C, a composite reentry test vehicle developed by the Army for investigating the aerodynamic heating of missile nose cones when diving into the Earth's atmosphere. The main difference between Juno 1 and Juno 2 was in the first stage (Figs. 9.1 and 9.2). Juno 1's main stage was a modified Redstone ballistic missile while a modified version of the more powerful Jupiter ICBM was Juno 2's mainnstage.nnBoth vehicles had the same arrangement of high-speed solid propellant stages. Their second stages were powered by 11 solid propellant motors, and the third stages consisted of three such motors; a single motor was used on their fourth stages. The payload was attached directly `to the top of the fourth stage. The high-speed stage motors were clustered symmetrically about the longitudinal vehicle axis and housed in a cylindrical launcher. With a concentrically arranged shaft, this launcher could rotate in ball bearings, supported by the forward end of the first stage instrument compartment. Spinning of the high-speed stages was mandatory to minimize slight thrust differences between the motors. A shroud was introduced for the Juno 2 vehicle for protection from greater aerodynamic heating during the ascending part of the trajectory and for support of an angle-of-attack meter located in front...nnThe Juno l program began with the launching of Explorer 1 on January 31, 1958, and ended on October 22, 1958 with an attempt to launch Beacon 1. Pioneer 1, a space probe, launched on December 6, 1958, was the first flight of the Juno 2 series. The launching of payload AM-19G on May 24, 1961 completed this series."nnNASA, Explorer, Explorer I, Juno, Jupiter-C, Juno I, Pioneer, Able, space, satellite, first US satellite, space exploration, Vanguard, rocket, rocket launches, launch vehicles Less
WATCH THE LATEST VIDEO THAT CAME OUT TODAY HERE www.youtube.com www.jetstreamnews.com www.jetnews.us http If You Use Twitter heres the Twitt...
WATCH THE LATEST VIDEO THAT CAME OUT TODAY HERE www.youtube.com www.jetstreamnews.com www.jetnews.us http If You Use Twitter heres the Twitter address or just click the twitter link on the right of the channel page twitter.com www.youtube.com Date: 08-22-12 Host: George Noory Guests: Ramon E. Lopez, Clarissa Pinkola Estes In the first half, Prof. Ramon E. Lopez talked about space weather, sun cycles and potential solar storms that could knock out the power grids, satellites, and communications. The solar magnetic field transfers the roiling energy of the sun into electrical energy, which heats the upper atmosphere of the sun, which then becomes so hot that it travels out into space as the solar wind, he explained. As the solar wind streams past the Earth's magnetic field, some of its energy is captured, and released as electric currents that flow down to the polar regions. If this current is strong enough then it will cause the upper atmosphere to light up in what we see as the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, he continued. In the past few years, we've gained an increasing ability to predict space weather-- in fact there's a Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, Lopez reported. Yet, satellite data currently only gives us a one-hour lead time on how activity from the sun may affect Earth, he noted. Super magnetic storms have been occurring on the sun throughout history, but it's only in recent times that they could have a significant impact on us by ... Less
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