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  1. Launch Time: 6/9/2015 8:37am Team Members Present: Justin Gallagher Play-by-Play: Ignition! Launch! The rocket screamed to life as the vessel lifted of the ground. It's mission was to land a rover on the Mun and take photos. As it landed it took photos of an unknown arch, and a memorial to Neil Kermanstrong Photographs: Summary: Launch! Rocket thrusts up and travels up to Mun. Lands. Takes pics. Opportunities / Learnings: There are cool stuff on planets Strategies / Project Timeline: Who knows maybe a Manned lander or something, that is up to the great and
  2. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: $2,200,486 Vehicle Name: Rover MK I Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Remote Guidance Unit Fuel Tank Solar Panels Decoupler Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Small Fuel RCS thruster Block Twin-Boar Engine Large Solid Fuel Boosters Wheels 4x4 Plate Battery Packs External Command Seat Illuminators Communitron 16 Landing Gear Total Cost: 41470 Design Goals:Discover cool things on Mun Launch Goal: Successfully land a rover on the Mun Pilot Plan: Lift off when moon is almost overhead of KSC. Launch and aim for interception with Mun, get into orb
  3. Launch Time: 6/5/2015 8:357am Team Members Present: Justin Gallagher, Margaret Kowalski Play-by-Play: Ignition! Launch! The rocket screamed to life as the vessel lifted of the ground. It was on a mission to save the kerbals stranded on the Mun for the past seven years. It burned to the Mun and crashlanded, losing only a landing gear. The standed kerbals then used the rover on the Mun to get themselves to the rocket. Then boarded and Lifted off back to Kerbin. Returning from the Mun, safely. Photographs: Summary: Launch! Rocket thrusts up and travels up to Mun. Lands. Saves k
  4. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: $2,027,862 Vehicle Name: The Munster Mash Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Mk3 Command Pod Remote Control Unit Mk25 Parachute Fuel Tank(2) Big Solar Panels Decoupler Mainsail Engine Fuel Tank (Bigger) Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Small Fuel Poodle Engine Twin-Boar Engine (4) Launch Stabilitiy Enhancer RCS Thruster Block Landing Gear Total Cost: 77,376 Design Goals: Land on Mun, save kerbals, and safely return Launch Goal: "..." Pilot Plan: Standard gravity turn into orbit, enter a prograde orbit, then stabilize said orbit, burn tow
  5. Launch Time: 6/2/2015 8:35am Team Members Present: Justin Gallagher, Margaret Kowalski Play-by-Play: Ignition! Launch! The rocket screamed to life as the vessel lifted of the ground. It rose higher and higer, like a guy on drugs. It got into a kerbin orbit. Then blasted off into a trajectory to Eeloo. After 3 years of phun. It finally reached Eeloo. It burned retrograde and was able to maintain orbit around Eeloo. Then after a Day, it blasted off into a crash landing with kerbin, in like 2 years. As it entered kerbins atmosphere, it used an amazing technique called air braking, where it let
  6. Justin -- The wave thing is mad cool. I like to imagine a surfer infinitely surfing on a wave rocking based on planetary motion. I also feel like I have to use that analogy to calm my fears of how horrifying the whole concept actually is... Jake -- Same thing with the relativity concept, the live feed vs. video tape description was a perfect way to describe the concept. But it's scary! To calm my fears about this: I like to think of Skyping someone on the planet Miller. You'd think it was just taking forever to buffer. But it's actually just the fact that your partner is so close to a bl
  7. Something (shorter) that I learned from the planetarium was about wormholes. I'd like to connect this to time travel. Where, in Interstellar, Dr. Cooper observed a form of time travel through the mysterious beings and the 5th dimension. He was able to interact with Murph through time travel only to be described beyond science. But is time travel actually possible? In theory, if one were to have some sort of a way of CONNECTING the singularities of two wormholes at their ends, one could plausibly enter one, and exit another in a different time. This would absolutely work, if it were pos
  8. So I like going to the planetarium a lot, and last year I went quite a few times to watch and re-watch a presentation on black holes. Watching Interstellar for the first time in class then, I had already some preconceived notions on understanding the idea of black holes and the science/physics behind them. Basically, the second I understood that Cooper and his fellow astronauts planned to enter the black holes to travel across the universe, I was concerned and confused. According to the Strasenburgh Planetarium of Rochester, New York: that isn't really super possible. The website won't let
  9. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: 1,437,774 Vehicle Name: The Gassy Antelope Vehicle Parts List and Cost: MK 1 Cockpit Big Fuel Tanks Solar Panels Decoupler Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Fuel RCS thruster Block Rhino Engine Mainsail Engines Poodle Engine Radial Engines Atomic Engine Stability Enhancer Total Cost: 209,912 Design Goals: Orbit Eeloo and safely return Launch Goal: "..." Pilot Plan: Launch, enter orbit around Kerbin, exit orbit when Eeloo is at its closest to Kerbin, enter Eeloo's sphere of influence, burn retrograde to maintain an orbit and return safely.
  10. Launch Time: 5/29/2015 8:35am Team Members Present: Justin Gallagher, Margaret Kowalski Play-by-Play: Ignition! Launch! The rocket screamed to life as the vessel lifted of the ground. The Adam and EVE, an interplantetary space station was now on its way to become EVE's shiny new object. The rocket rose higher and higher, and eventually made an orbit around kerbin. Next it Set its course to escape kerbin, and increase its orbit velocity so that it could "catch up" to Eve. This was eqasy since at the time of ignition, Eve was at it's closest to Kerbin. After a 113 days, the traverlers finally
  11. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: 586,622 Vehicle Name: The Adam & EVE MK I Vehicle Parts List and Cost: MK 3 Cockpit Big Fuel Tanks Solar Panels Decoupler Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Small Fuel RCS thruster Block Mammoth Engine Rhino Engines Battery Packs Communitron 16 Docking Ports Total Cost: 148,848 Design Goals: Orbit Eve, being a manned satellite Launch Goal: "..." Pilot Plan: Launch, enter orbit around Kerbin, exit orbit when Eve is at its closest to Kerbin, enter Eve's sphere of influence, burn retrograde to maintain an orbit.
  12. As the world now knows due to someone digging into the archives of Kowagher LLP, there was a failed mission to send a rover to the Mun. What happened was, when detaching the solid fuel boosters they smashed into the main engine causing it to rupture. This sent a chain reaction through the remaining fuel tanks, which completely exlploded the decoupler meaning the rocket went out of control, and eventually overheated to a tragic, fatal, finale.
  13. Launch Time: 5/278/2015 8:32 am Team Members Present: Justin Gallagher Play-by-Play: Wait for the Mun to be over head. Ignition! Launch! The rocket screamed to life as the vessel lifted of the ground. The computer knew its path. It would fly staright from the launch pad to the Mun. The path, a quick orbit around the Mun and then to land. It carried it's payload, a rover that will explore the munar surface. It enters the Muns sphere of influence. Slows down to maintain orbit. Then it waits till it can land on the light side of the mun. It slows down and creaps towards a landing. It lands at a
  14. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: 128092 Vehicle Name: Rover MK I Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Remote Guidance Unit Fuel Tank Solar Panels Decoupler Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Small Fuel RCS thruster Block Twin-Boar Engine Large Solid Fuel Boosters Wheels 4x4 Plate Battery Packs External Command Seat Illuminators Communitron 16 Landing Gear Total Cost: 41470 Design Goals: Land a rover on the Mun Launch Goal: Successfully land a rover on the Mun Pilot Plan: Lift off when moon is almost overhead of KSC. Launch and aim for interception with Mun, get into orbit arou
  15. Launch Time: 5/27/2015 9:15 am Team Members Present: Justin Gallagher, Margaret Kowalski Play-by-Play: Ignition! Launch! The rocket screamed to life as the vessel lifted of the ground. The computer knew its path. It very slowly creapt higher and higer with the R.A.P.I.E.R. engine, which was air breathing at the time. As it got to the edge of the atmosphere, it switched to closed cycle mode, and thrustet the rocket up to an alltitude of about 2,686.9 km, and then leveled off to make an orbit. At this altitude, it take 1009m/s to orbit, making it a Geostationary orbit due to kerbin's spin bein
  16. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: 39,432 Vehicle Name: Satellite Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Command Modual Fuel Tank Solar Panels Decoupler Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Small Fuel RCS thruster Block Rapier Engine Total Cost: 11340 Design Goals: Get satellite into orbit Launch Goal: Get a satellite into geo-sync orbit Pilot Plan: Due to no kerbal pilot, the computer will take imputs from HQ
  17. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: 116,308 Vehicle Name: The Munster Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Mk3 Command Pod Mk25 Parachute Fuel Tank(2) Big Solar Panels Decoupler Mainsail Engine Fuel Tank (Bigger) Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Small Fuel Poodle Engine Twin-Boar Engine (4) Launch Stabilitiy Enhancer RCS Thruster Block Landing Gear Total Cost: 76,876 Design Goals: Land on Mun, and safely return Launch Goal: "..." Pilot Plan: Standard gravity turn into orbit, enter a prograde orbit, then stabilize said orbit, burn towards Mun, achieved orbit, destabilize orbit
  18. Launch Time: 5/26/2015 8:42 am Team Members Present: Justin Gallagher, Margaret Kowalski Play-by-Play: Ignition! Launch! The rocket screamed to life as the vessel lifted of the ground. Jebediah, The pilot confidant in his mission, to orbit Kerbin. In a time of crisis where the world is raveged by war, and counties compete in a "space race". Kowagher LLP will possibly be the first Company to reach a manned orbit. The rocket climbs to 93,000 meters in altitude, 23 meters above the atmosphere. At this point, the rocket turns to face prograde, waits a minute, then the rocket once again screams.
  19. Team Name: Kowagher LLP Available Funds: 30,000 Vehicle Name: The Kerbalmeister MK I Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Mk1 Command Pod Mk16 Parachute Advanced Inline Stabilizer Fl-T800 Fuel Tank Solar Panels Decoupler Mainsail Engine Fuel Tank (Big) Av-R8 wing Monopropellant Small Fuel Swivel Engine Launch Stabilitiy Enhancer RCS Thruster Block Total Cost: 23,692 Design Goals: Stable Manned Orbit, and then land on Kerbin using 2 stages Launch Goal: Stable Manned Orbit Pilot Plan: Standard gravity turn into orbit, enter a prograde orbit, then stabilize said orbit, bring it
  20. Just like how mirrors are colorless and have a color, black holes are TITLED black and do not have one. Fzx obviously didn't go to kindergarten. So I thought I'd just go through this black hole phenomenon real quick because I personally find it super interesting. And now: a brief summary of black holes and radiation... Black holes are NOT black! Not in the least. They glow. Black holes glow slightly and give off light throughout the whole spectrum! This includes visible light. This form of radiation is dubbed "Hawking radiation" after the famous professor Stephen Hawking. He was the f
  21. My mom and I took the 350ish steep, stair trek to the top of Notre Dame about one week ago. That's weird to say. But we walked up to the bell tower and stood atop the enormous building with impeccable timing...not sure if we were supposed to be, but right before we left the Notre Dame spire and bells began to ring beneath us! With the glory and beauty seen and heard from walking up those stairs, it was well worth the breathlessness. One of the most famous parts of Notre Dame are it's grotesque gargoyles. They function actually as drain pipes and to see and rub against as you walk along the
  22. Just a quick background, in Paris we had a lot of mishaps...but obviously I haven't really been focusing on them because the trip was so amazing. However, I just learned something recently that would've been really cool to know while I was there. I had quite the cold by the time I woke up Wednesday morning. And as it turns out, the metal zinc can actually calm and aid colds! I just personally find it interesting that a metal could do that. Especially one not as valuable as platinum and gold, or not as shiny as copper and silver. Zinc is a blue-white metal, and one of the most common foun
  23. The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal medieval Gothic chapel; another that we visited in Paris to see the incredible history and breath-taking beauty of the chapel's phenomenal stained glass. Now, while reading this blog, focusing on the fzx of creating stained glass, keep in mind that this church was built in 1242 and finished in 1246 and for some perspective: it is about three times older than AMERICA. Walking underneath the shimmering of the Sainte-Chapelle rainbow, stained light I would have been impressed if the chapel was built last year. It's gorgeous atmosphere was unlike none other and I
  24. Marching around Paris with my mom and friend Michel, we took the journey up to Montmartre: the highest point in France. Up on this enormous point is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, otherwise known as the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. This is a monstrous Roman Catholic church dedicated to the heart of Jesus that was started in 1875 and in 1914 was completely finished/built. This church is home to the largest bell in the world! At a whopping nineteen tons, this bell can be heard in a 25 mile radius! For this, somewhat loud reason, the bell only rings once a year...on Easter. And guess w
  25. Every week, we do an economic update for economics class. This week we were to choose a company found in Rochester's Top 100 businesses. This means that this is a privately held company and is ranked based on their three most recent years of growth. These companies have at least one million dollars in revenue annually; the ranking accounts for both dollar and percentage growth. For this project I decided to choose a fzx related company, specifically: Cutting Edge Laser Technologies. This is a wholesale/distribution company based in Fairport that employs a mere seventeen Rochester area wo
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