Contact Victor Williamson with your questions about simulator based experiential education programs for your school.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Music You Loved from the Space Center's Old WebSite. Introducing Five New Starship Simulators Flying the InfiniD Flag. The InfiniD Fleet of Experiential Simulators Grows. Space News, Launch of the Falcon Heavy and the Tesla in Space. Theater Imaginarium.

The Music of the Space Center's Website from Over 10 Years Ago is Available to Hear Once Again.

Thank you to Matt Ricks for placing the old web site's music on The Troubadour. Look at the top of the right sidebar, click on a selection, and be carried away to those good old days.

Back in the day the music was set to play automatically. I know many of you old time staff, volunteers, and campers use to let the music play in the background while you did your homework.

See that Old CMSEC Website Again  

Matt Ricks is the official Historian and Keeper of the Records for the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center's Voyager Age 1990-2012. He volunteers his time and effort into saving both physical props and software from that time in hopes that someday a permanent place can be built to hold these keepsakes from our collective Space Center past. Take a moment and visit that old website and see how much things have changed.

Enjoy the music once again.

Mr. Williamson

Introducing Five New Starship Simulators Flying the InfiniD Flag. The InfiniD Fleet of Experiential Simulators Grows.   

The Troubadour welcomes five new InfiniD Labs into the growing network of schools that house experiential learning simulators inspired by the original USS Voyager. These new InfiniD Labs take the official number of simulators both past and present to 61.  The Simulator Database is accessible by clicking on the link on the blog's sidebar.

Are you curious about InfiniD?  Did you think there were only a small handful of starship simulators at a few local Utah schools: The Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center at Central Elementary, The Telos Discovery Space Center at Canyon Grove Academy, Farpoint Space Education Center at Renaissance Academy, The Lions Gate Center at Lakeview Academy?  
If so, you are mistaken. 

InfiniD is the world's fastest growing network of school-based, computer lab simulators committed to continuing the vision of simulator-based experiential education pioneered in my 6th-grade classroom back in 1983 and fine-tuned and expanded with the building of Simulator 1 the USS Voyager in 1990. Today over 30,000 students across Utah are applying what they learn in the classroom on InfiniD missions. 

To summarize; InfinD's mission is to provide every school worldwide with an experiential simulator of their own. That's a big goal and they're determined to make it so.

Take a moment and learn more about the future of education with InfiniD.     


Welcome Endeavor Elementary School InfiniD Lab 
Location:  Kaysville,Utah. Davis School District. The InfiniD program will be offered to graded K- 6.  Endeavor Elementary School is the perfect site for an InfiniD Lab.  Just look at the architecture.  The school is space themed! 

Endeavor Elementary's Library

Different parts of the school are named after galaxies.
Welcome Hurricane Elementary InfiniD Lab
Location: Hurricane Elementary School, Hurricane, Utah. Washington School District.  All grades K-5 will participate in the InfiniD program.

Welcome Blackridge Elementary School InfiniD Lab 
Location:  Herriman, Utah. Jordan School District. The InfiniD program will be offered to graded K- 6.  This InfiniD Lab opens in February 2018.

Blackridge Elementary School, Herriman, Utah.

Welcome King Elementary School InfiniD Lab 
Location:  Layton,Utah. Davis School District. The InfiniD program will be offered to graded K- 6.  

King Elementary School, Layton, Utah.

Welcome Mountainville Academy InfiniD Lab 
Location:  Alpine,Utah. Mountainville Academy is a K-9 public charter school.  The InfiniD program will be offered to grade 6.  This InfiniD Lab opens in February 2018.  

Mountainville Academy, Alpine, Utah.

Space News

By Mark Daymont

SpaceX Heavy Falcon Launches Tesla Roadster out to the Asteroids

The SpaceX Heavy Falcon sits on the pad the night before First Flight. All images credit: SpaceX.

In a bold, and risky test flight, SpaceX has created the world's currently-heaviest payload lifting rocket. The Heavy Falcon is basically a center prime stage with two attached Falcon-9 recoverable boosters to the sides. A second stage and payload sit atop the prime stage, which is also designed to land and be re-used. Until Wednesday, the rocket with the most lift was the Delta 4 rocket. The Falcon Heavy can lift a payload of 140,000 pounds to low Earth obit, 58,000 ponds to Earth Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, and if needed, can launch over 37,000 pounds to Mars.  Only the giant Saturn V and perhaps the Russian Energia, both retired, could lift more.

Blast off on Wednesday afternoon after high winds abated.

The Falcon Heavy lifted off from the venerable Pad LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center. This site was heavily used for most of the Apollo moon launches, followed by Skylab and then Space Shuttle launches. A few years ago, the Space Center signed a 20-year lease with SpaceX. The older tower support structures were removed, and SpaceX built a new tower system with rocket assembly and testing features around the pad. 

The Falcon-9 boosters landed perfectly back at the cape, at almost the same time.

Prior to the launch, Space X executives were keen to remind everyone that this as an extremely dangerous test, and it could fail. But almost everything went right. As planned, the boosters separated and were remotely-guided down to land vertically at launch pads LZ-1 and LZ-2. These pads were built by SpaceX at the US Air Force's Cape Canaveral range just a little south of the Kennedy Space center. The site was originally Launch Complex 13, which supported testing and launches of the Atlas and Atlas-Agena rockets. Science missions Lunar Orbiter-1 and Mariner 3 were launched from there, as well as several spy satellites. Unfortunately, the prime center stage did not land successfully and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

The StarMan, in its SpaceX designed spacesuit, leaves Earth Orbit on its way to the Asteroid belt.

To confirm the test launch heavy lift capability, SpaceX needed a heavy object to launch into space. In a creative publicity move, SpaceX President Elon Musk donated a car from his personal collection - a Tesla Roadster with the convertible top down. Inside was "Starman" a dummy placed in a SpaceX spacesuit. Cameras on board the car recorded and transmitted images in different directions as the car left the orbit and continued its way out to space- estimated to be an orbit near the asteroid belt. In a tribute to some science fiction icons, a Screen in the car displays "Don't Panic" and the Starman has his space-traveling towel. A miniature Tesla car hangs from the front mirror. And the radio is broadcasting David Bowie's hit "Space Oddity" as long as power holds out.

Click here to watch live views from the Roadster. 
Click here to watch a tribute to the launch of the Falcon Heavy to the music of "Space Oddity".
Imaginarium Theater
The Best gifs of the Week Edited for a Gentler Audience 


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