December 17, 2012
Here is something that would be fun to either watch for or listen for.
FITSAT-1 is a 10cm x10cm x10cm cubesat that was developed and built by students at a Japanese university. It was sent to the ISS and recently deployed.
One panel is loaded with LEDs. The LEDs are periodically turned on to flash a message in Morse Code. Even if you don’t know code, it would be fun to try and acquire the bird with the naked eye.
W.E. ACEVES II, Lt Col, CAP
Commander, Group 1
Asst AEO, Group 1
This link (www.fit.ac.jp/~tanaka/fitsat.shtml) says: 18 Dec. 05:28:30 – 05:32:30 (UTC) Central-South USA (Morse, Green)
That will be around 22:27 on Dec 17 in Denver.
Update: This site has details and tracking information: www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=38853
You will need to click on the button to “Show all passes” and then the Details button for the entry of 12/17 22:22. Don’t worry about it being ‘eclipsed’ since you will be viewing the satellite’s LEDs and not the reflection of the sun off of the satellite. FITSAT-1 will pass from the NW to the SE and pass almost directly overhead.
December 9, 2012
An interview, video and pictures of Chuck Yeager are available on USAToday.com: http://usat.ly/TJQv2M
November 6, 2012
You can have NASA send you a text message whenever the International Space Station passes overhead. You can read more about this service in this Ars Technica article.
NASA Spot The Station Site
October 26, 2012
There is a spot open for tomorrow’s Orientation Flight. Sign-up now on the squadron website if you would like to go flying tomorrow at 1:00pm.
October 14, 2012
From the Red Bull Stratos site:
After reaching an altitude of 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket powered airplane. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.
Also check out the tech behind the jump at ExtremeTech.
August 15, 2012
2013 Applications now being accepted for The Spaatz Association’s Aerospace Leadership Flight Scholarships
It’s time once again to announce that applications are being accepted for the Aerospace Leadership Flight Scholarship. We are looking at 2 and possibly 3 $2500 scholarships to award this year. All cadets who have earned their Billy Mitchell Award, have earned their solo wings in powered aircraft and have a GPA of 3.0 or better are encouraged to apply.
Deadline for applications is 30 September 2012. New this year is the ability to apply online at www.spaatz.org. Here you will also find more information on the scholarship process and how you can best apply for consideration.
Should you have any questions regarding the ALS scholarship please contact Bob Mattes at email@example.com. Any inquiries regarding the online application process contact Mike Hower at mike.hower@strategic.KS.com. We wish the best to all applicants applying for this special opportunity to move beyond your solo and onto your private license.
Thank you and Good Luck!
July 2, 2012
Two seats are available for an O-Flight on July 7. Login and sign up if you would like to go flying!
April 9, 2012
We had to move the Glider O-Flights to Sunday, May 6. No one will be removed that has already signed up, so please cancel using the sign-up form if you will be unable to attend on the new date.
February 6, 2012
The Seattle Times has a story about Don Bateman, who invented the “ground-proximity-warning-system” technology used on airplanes. His invention has reduced controlled flight into terrain crashes by 99.9% for commercial aircraft. From the article:
The technology eliminated the “No. 1 killer in aviation for decades,” said Bill Voss, chief executive of the Flight Safety Foundation. “It’s accepted within the industry that Don Bateman has probably saved more lives than any single person in the history of aviation.”
Redmond aviation engineer’s lifelong work has saved thousands of lives