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TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 12, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
The real credit goes to Jim Inhofe.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s1335
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Aug 14, 2012 - 08:36pm PT
Credit: TomCochrane

Jaxa - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
HTV-3 External Cargo Operations completed aboard ISS
The docked Mission of H-II Transfer Vehicle 3 is progressing on schedule with internal cargo operations being in full swing aboard the complex of ISS and HTV-3. External Cargo activities were completed this week aboard the International Space Station and all procedures were performed successfully.
Operations to remove HTV-3's Exposed Pallet from the Unpressurized Logistics Carrier got underway on August 6, 2012. The HTV Exposed Pallet was removed by Canadarm2 which was grappled to the EP before. JAXA made significant modifications to the Unpressurized Cargo Carrier's Exposed Pallet. HTV-3 uses the Multi-Purpose version of the EP for the first time. In addition, the Exposed Pallet Holding Mechanism was improved and features a simpler design. Being controlled from the ground, the Station's Robotic Arm was commanded to remove the EP, start the procedure to maneuver it to the handoff position and wait for the Japanese Robotic Arm to grapple the Pallet. Working from inside the Japanese Experiment Module, Joe Acaba and Aki Hoshide controlled Kibo's Remote Manipulator System to grapple the Exposed Pallet. The Payload was handed off and the astronauts moved it to its install position at Exposed Facility Unit 10 of the external Exposed facility of the JEM. There, it was installed by using capture latches. With the hardware installed and electrical connections in place, the Japanese Robotic Arm was deactivated overnight.
The following day, Candarm2 picked up the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, Dextre for short, which was used to unberth the ScAN testbed and install it on its permanent location on ExPRESS Logistics Carrier-3 via the Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism of the Carrier. On August 9, the Crew was involved in external Cargo Operations once again. Acaba and Hoshide worked several hours with the Japanese Arm to unberth the Multi Mission Consolidated Equipment and install it on Exposed Facility Unit 8 on the JEM Exposed Facility, closing capture latches and activating payload heaters to complete the procedure.

Ground Controllers then took over once again, grappling the Exposed Pallet with the Japanese Arm and unberthing it from the Exposed Facility followed by a maneuver to its handoff position at which it was grappled by the Station's Robotic Arm. JEMRMS let go of the EP and SSRMS was left in this position until the crew was ready for EP re-installation on Friday. Working from the Station's Cupola Robotics Work Station, Joe Acaba and Suni Williams completed the EP Re-Installation to place it back inside HTV's Unpressurized Logistics Carrier completing HTV-3 External Cargo Operations.
With the EP back in place, all external activities related to HTV Cargo Operations are complete and the Space Station has received two new external payloads.

Source JAXA/SpaceFlight101/NASA/ Photo Nasa
JayMark

Social climber
Oxnard, CA
Aug 14, 2012 - 10:03pm PT
The X-51A flew today but no word on the outcome. Anyone heard anything ?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/hypersonic-craft-x-51a-put-to-the-test/2012/08/14/40697b0c-e61e-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_blog.html
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Aug 15, 2012 - 05:20pm PT
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/hypersonic-craft-x-51a-put-to-the-test/2012/08/14/40697b0c-e61e-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_blog.html


Update 2:41 p.m. ET, Aug. 15: The Waverider X-51A test was a failure. The vehicle was launched successfully from a B-52 bomber Tuesday over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range at about 11:35 a.m. PT. But 16 seconds after launch, “a fault was identified with one of the cruiser control fins.” Then, about 15 seconds after the craft separated from the rocket booster, the cruiser lost control.

“It is unfortunate that a problem with this subsystem caused a termination before we could light the Scramjet engine,” said X-51A Program Manager Charlie Brink via a news release Wednesday. “All our data showed we had created the right conditions for engine ignition and we were very hopeful to meet our test objectives.”

The test is a blow to the Waverider program, but also a setback for the development of hypersonic flight, since the control subsystem responsible for the failure had proven “reliable” in past flights.

According to the release, “Program officials will now begin the process of working through a rigorous evaluation to determine the exact cause of all factors at play.”

One of the four X-51A vehicles is left, but there is no official word as to whether it will actually fly.

A roundtable will be scheduled in two weeks, after officials have analyzed data from the failed test.

Original post: Imagine going from New York to London in less than an hour.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Aug 15, 2012 - 06:43pm PT
meanwhile,, a NEW RECORD formation!

shy-aught theres a lot of folks in the sky!

Credit: Ron Anderson
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 17, 2012 - 10:04pm PT


This is a good one - tandem master Brent Buckner at Skydive Las Vegas a few years ago. Guy was screaming so loud he could hear him in free fall and just lost it. Good thing my pack job was solid, cause I think he was laughing too hard to deal with anything.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 18, 2012 - 10:36am PT
Constant Peg

MIGs in the USAF

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/20120818.aspx
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 18, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
http://www.space.com/17131-sprite-lightning-video.html
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Aug 18, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
i re-parused this entire thread last night. What a collection of treasures here. My Dad would have LOVED this.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
California
Aug 19, 2012 - 12:52pm PT
Yeah Ron, a bunch of my friends were on that load. AMAZING!


http://vimeo.com/46978286


yo

climber
Mudcat Spire
Aug 19, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
Got sucked into instrument videos somehow. Check out this hairball cat III shizz:




Edit: Ho man, look at this one!

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2012 - 11:46am PT
This dude in NZ got lucky...chopped at 4k and the reserve didn't open until 750 feet...

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/16/13310516-nz-skydiver-survives-harrowing-plunge-to-ground-after-parachute-fails?lite
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Aug 20, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
Speaking of skydiving, I used to jump out of this baby 30 yrs ago (yikes, old). Anyway, really proud of my daughter-that is she in the window-she'll be checked out on this bird this coming weekend!!!! I never dreamed when she earned her pilot's cert. she'd end up flying an old DC-3, cool !

Credit: Karen
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 20, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
WOW! That is way cool. As you well know you don't fly those babies
with your feet on the floor- you fly it or it'll fly you.
It seems only a few months ago she was flying your ex's little tail dragger.
Now she's gotten her MEL and Commercial?

Now she can go get a job with Buffalo Airways in Northwest Territories, eh?
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Aug 20, 2012 - 08:40pm PT
Great Issue of the Anchorage Daily News about Bush Pilots and some legendary flying and fliers. Great Doug Geeting Story and more.

Archive interface but page through till ya get it.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1828&dat=19890618&id=RHNhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gb4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2792,1108654
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 20, 2012 - 09:49pm PT
Looks like a pretty nice old Gooney Bird! That would be an absolute kick to fly. Congrats, Karen!
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Aug 21, 2012 - 12:50pm PT
Thanks guys! Reilly, on top of all her aviation fun she's a third year Law Student, (she is way more stressed by school than out flying).
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 26, 2012 - 04:12pm PT

They wouldn't let him sit in one in the museum,


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2084019/Shot-elf-n-safety-Hero-Spitfire-pilot-refused-chance-cockpit-case-hurts-himself.html


so,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190705/Flying-high--Spitfire-pilot-shot-elf-n-safety-Hero-91-takes-controls-rare-seat-aircraft-70-years-flew-legendary-plane.html
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 26, 2012 - 10:40pm PT
As usual, the "you might be injured" crowd had their say. Fukkem! Great that he was given a flight in a fully restored dual seat trainer.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
California
Aug 31, 2012 - 04:20am PT
Yup, this is a great thread...

Here's my dad circa 1977:

My Dad - 1977
My Dad - 1977
Credit: ElCapPirate

We used to watch my dad every weekend jump out of a Cesna, back then it was five bucks a jump to 9k'. We had a blast running around the desert near St. George, Utah. I had two brothers and two sisters but it was usually the boys who liked to watch him jump and each of us got a pair of bino's for xmas. We would lay on our backs and watch them exit the plane, freefall and then usually end up miles out in the cactus somewhere, depending on the wind that day. It was our job to locate the jumpers and point out where we thought they landed out in the rolling hills of the desert. Sometimes it would take hours to find them.

One Saturday my mom woke us up yelling, "Boy's, your dad is jumping into the golf course. Let's go surprise him". We jumped in the truck and off we went. It seemed like it was a secret mission, my mom told us maybe they didn't have permits to land there. She wasn't sure why our dad hadn't told us about the jump, as she found out about it from a friend of a friend that was on the load.

We arrived at the golf course on the North side of town and waited around for an hour, or so. Finally, we heard the familiar engine of the Cesna circling above, the sound of it cutting and we quickly located four figures falling through the sky.

"AAahhh, they formed a round 4/way", we exclaimed with excitement. Which didn't happen all that much back in the day, when 100 skydives meant you were an expert at the sport. My dad just upgraded from a round to a square green and blue 7 cell, and we were just getting used to the new colors. Some of the other guys had just bought new gear, as well. So, it was hard to identify who was who.

"There he is", I yelled. "That's dad's colors". I was sure I had studied his colors on the ground well enough to recognize them floating three thousand feet in the air. But, as he got closer to the ground, my confidence wavered.

He didn't have his green jumpsuit on, I thought. Is that him? He has a tan or brownish suit. I scoped the other jumpers. What the hell? They all have tan jumpsuits on. I started to wonder if they formed some kind of skydiving team and ordered all matching suits. COOL!!!

A few minutes later they landed and us boys blasted through the 6th hole towards our dad, excited to hear about the new team he was on. From behind us we hear our mom screeching in the highest voice I'd ever heard.

"KIDS, GET YOUR BUTT'S BACK HERE"

We scoffed, but turned around and obeyed. She had the doors of the truck open and was herding us inside, slammed the doors and peeled on out of there. I looked back just in time to see my dad and three of his friends running across the golf course, with their parachutes wrapped around them like togas and piling into a getaway car.

I was always puzzled by what had happened and when I asked questions, it was a subject that, "we don't talk about". I was seven years old, so it took me a few years to put the pieces together but it was like a light bulb going on when I figured it out... I started an uncontrollable laughing fit.

They had done a naked skydive, ha haa
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