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Sunday, April 19, 2015

The First Pictures of the Soon to Open IKS Horizon Simulator in Pennsylvania, the Sixteenth Voyager Inspired Ship. Space News. The Imaginarium.

Hello Space EdVenturers!
This weekend our partners at Dream Flight Adventurers released the first pictures of the soon to open IKS Horizon simulator.  The Horizon's exact location is still a secret. 
The Horizon is a beauty. I really like the ipad mounts and the futuristic feel of this simulator. Gary and team did an outstanding job. 

The Horizon will be the sixteenth simulator inspired by the mother ship, the USS Voyager (Pictured Above in the Title).  

Dream Flight Adventures Simulators
IKS Horizon
IKS Titan  (Shaler, Pennsylvania)
IKS Dreamcatcher  (Penn Hills, Pennsylvania)
IKS Highlander    (Baldwin, Whitehall, Pennsylvania)
IKS Buccaneer    (Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania)
Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center Simulators
USS Odyssey    (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
USS Magellan    (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
USS Galileo    (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
USS Phoenix    (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Discovery Simulations Simulators
UCS Columbia  (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
UCS Challenger  (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
UCS Endeavor  (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
UCS Everest  (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
UCS Pathfinder  (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
UCS Titan  (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
UCS Leo   (Saratoga Springs, Utah)

Congratulations to our good friends at Dream Flight Adventures!

Mr. Williamson

Intercepted Transmission
Alert!  Our surveillance grid has intercepted a top secret transmission coming from one of the Infinity Knights’ shipyards.  The message is heavily encrypted, but here’s what we’ve been able to decipher:

[static] … of the IKS Horizon is now … [static] … to shipyard.  Standard crew complement … [static] … Test pilot cadre has disembarked and is returning to …. [static] …
… flight successful.  Post-flight safety checks complete.  Hyperdrive temperature within recommended parameters … [static] …
… remain top-secret until … [static] … first of its kind … [static] ... worthy of celebration.  Columbia Shipyard out.

Whatever it is, it sounds pretty exciting.  Stay tuned as more details about the IKS Horizon are revealed.

Space News
By Mark Daymont


SpaceX launches Dragon Resupply Craft to ISS

Liftoff! Dragon soars aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from LC-40.

After a one day delay caused by encroaching thunderstorms, SpaceX tried again and successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft to the ISS. Liftoff occurred at 4:10 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral facility in Florida. The mission designation is CRS-6, as it is the sixth SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. The robotic craft carries about two tons of supplies and experiments, many of which support the mission of astronaut Scott Kelly who is spending an entire year in space. Scientists are using his trip as a grand study of trying to understand what will happen to astronauts undertaking a long trip to Mars one day.

CRS-6 will reach the station in two days, and will spend about five weeks docked to the station.

Saturday, APRIL 18, 2015

SpaceX CRS-6: Good and Bad News

Dragon CRS-6 approaches the ISS.

On Friday, SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft on mission CRS-6 arrived at the International Space Station. After docking with the station's HArmony module early in the morning, the crew began the procedures that would eventually equalize the cabin air pressure and allow unloading to begin on Saturday. The Dragon brings over 2 tons of supplies and science equipment to the station. One of the new items is a space-adapted Expresso coffee-making machine, which brings just that much more civilization to our outpost in space.

Falcon attempts a vertical landing on the SpaceX barge in the Atlantic.

With the Dragon spacecraft safely on its way to the ISS on launch day (Tuesday) the rocket that propelled Dragon into orbit was involved in another experimental landing. SpaceX has been working hard to develop new technology for the Falcon rocket that would allow for a powered, vertical landing. A successful landing system would enable SpaceX to reuse most components of the rocket, thus lowering the cost of delivering payloads to space. In this test, the Falcon 9 rocket descended as planned to a floating landing pad built on a barge placed out in the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket thrusters fired as planned, and the rocket slowed and began orienting itself for an upright touchdown. At the last moment, however, the rocket tipped over, and the resulting explosion is obvious. 

The rocket explodes after crashing on the pad.

SpaceX will begin repairs to the barge and further tests on the Falcon 9 landing system will continue.

The Imaginarium

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