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  1. Team Name: ZZ Smith Research Available Funds: 76,852 Vehicle Name: Disco Stick Mahfk 1 Vehicle Parts: MK1 Command Pod Rockomax 64 Fuel Tank RE-M3 Mainsail Engine Rockomax Decoupler Rockomax X32 Fuel Tank LV-909 Terrier Engine TR-18A Decoupler Rockomax X-200-8 Fuel Tank LT-1 Landing Struts Mk16 Parachute Pegasus Mobility Enhancer Total Cost: 34,672 Design Goals: The big fuel tanks and powerful engine on the bottom will get the craft into orbit. Once in orbit, it will decouple and the smaller, more efficient
  2. Time of launch: 10:32 Team members present: Ethan Smith, Zachary Zlotnick Play by play: The world watched breathlessly as renowned screw-ups attempted to be the first to launch a satellite into space. As the craft lifted off everyone watching thought for sure that the craft would begin to tip and plow into the ground. However, the path of the craft remained stable and straight as an arrow. Upon entering the thinner part of the atmosphere, the craft was turned so that it could achieve a periapsis of above 70,000 meters. Once at periapsis, the craft burned its remaining fuel to g
  3. Team Name: ZZ Smith Research Available Funds: 31,737 Vehicle Name: Dave Matthews Vehicle parts: Part Quantity Price TT-38K Radial Decoupler 4 600 Stayputnik 1 300 FLT 400 Fuel tank 1 500 Stack Decoupler TR 18 A 1 400
  4. Time of launch: 10:42 Members present: Ethan Smith, Zach Zlotnick Play by play: The rocket was launched and accelerated to around 300 m/s. A gravity turn was executed to give the craft a parabolic path and it was ensured that the heading of the rocket lined up with the velocity vector so that torques exerted by air resistance was minimized. The rocket burned through its fuel too quickly and we ran out at 25 km and the first stage was jettisoned. The craft continued to its peak where a maneuver was added to attempt to get the craft into orbit. There was not sufficient fuel to get
  5. Team Name: ZZ Smith Research Available Funds: 65,271 Vehicle Name: Big Daddy Mark II Vehicle parts: Part Quantity Price LV909 Terrier Liquid Fuel Engine 1 390 MK1 Command Pod 1 600 FLT 400 Fuel tank 1 500 Stack Decoupler TR 18 A 2 400
  6. Time of Launch: 10:30 AM Team members present: Ethan Smith, Zach Zlotnick Play by play: The rocket was launched and accelerated to around 300 m/s. A gravity turn was executed to give the craft a parabolic path and it was ensured that the heading of the rocket lined up with the velocity vector so that torques exerted by air resistance was minimized. The rocket burned through its fuel too quickly and we ran out at 25 km and the first stage was jettisoned. The craft continued to its peak where a maneuver was added to attempt to get the craft into orbit. There was not sufficient fu
  7. Team Name: ZZ Smith Research Available Funds: 71,183 Vehicle Name: Big Daddy Vehicle parts: Part Quantity Price LV909 Terrier Liquid Fuel Engine 1 390 MK1 Command Pod 1 600 FLT 400 Fuel tank 1 500 Stack Decoupler TR 18 A 2 400
  8. Time of Launch: 10:48 Team members present: Ethan Smith, Zach Zlotnick Play by play: The rocket launched and appeared on its way, but then started to tip and could not be righted so the mission was aborted and the Kerbal was brought back to Earth before he could be fatally injured. Time of flight: 8 minutes Summary: This mission was a complete failure and an embarrassment for this organization. Clearly, our lack of scientific knowledge as a team consisting of a poker player and a pop star is a disadvantage. No goals were achieved, but we have learned from ou
  9. Team Name: ZZ Smith Research Available funds: 74,389 Vehicle Name: Dave the Chariot of Fire Vehicle parts: Part Quantity Price LV909 Terrier Liquid Fuel Engine 1 390 MK1 Command Pod 1 600 FLT 400 Fuel tank 4 500 Stack Decoupler TR 18 A 2 4
  10. Time of launch: 10:50 EST Members Present: Ethan Smith, Zach Zlotnick Play by play: At first it seemed that the rocket was burning through its fuel too quickly but after curtailing the thrust, the ship was easily able to attain 10 km. Upon descent, it seemed that the pilot might perish, but the parachute, was able to slow his descent to 6 m/s, which apparently was slow enough to spare his miserable Kerbal life. Time of flight: 6 minutes Summary: We successfully launched a craft to 10 km with a Kerbal aboard and brought him back safely. We achieved our go
  11. Team Name: ZZ Smith Research Available Funds: 60,000 Vehicle Name: Your Mom Vehicle parts: MK1 Command Pod –600 RT-5 “Flea” Solid Fuel Booster –200 MK16 Parachute –422 Total cost: 1222 Design Goals: This vehicle is designed to get to 10 km in altitude. It was designed with simplicity to limit the possibility of technical malfunction, but it should function well enough while being cheap. Launch Goals: The goal of this mission is to get to an altitude of 10 km Pilot Plan: There will be a pilot just along
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    Really Tall Things

    Mankind likes big things. We like gigantic iPhones, Venti Lattes, and skyscrapers. The pyramids of Egypt represent perhaps man's earliest obsessions with making big things. As children, we stack wooden blocks until they topple and injure the cat. We are a species obsessed with bigness. But how big could we build? The current tallest building in the world is pretty big, but it's miniscule compared to the towering peak of Mt. Everest. The world's tallest buildings keep getting bigger, but eventually there comes a point when it is impossible to keep building upward. Or is there? In 1895, Konstant
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    A Few Thoughts...

    Last weekend I attended the high school's production of All Shook Up. It was a nice show but a few things stood out to me. The first was that the string of lights they used in the abandoned fairgrounds scene was wired in parallel. Some of the lights were out, but the rest still shone on, because there was still a path for current to get from one bulb to the other, whereas in a series configuration, a dead bulb would block all current flow and cause the all of the remaining bulbs to go dark. Props to the mayor from springing for the nicer lights. Maybe I can use this as leverage for my mother t
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    And Automobiles

    If you've ever driven late at night with an irresponsible teenage driver, you've most likely involuntarily been a part of some pretty crazy car stunts. The good old fashioned Tokyo drift and doughnut are classic examples of things that should not be done with a car. But like most things that are bad for you, they are pretty cool. A stunt that doesn't get a lot of love is the wheelie. It's one thing to pop one on a bike or a Razor scooter, but to do it with a four-wheeled car is on a whole other level. Of course, it's too dangerous and also impossible for non-professional drivers, but how is it
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    Trains

    Possibly the coolest form of transportation is undoubtedly trains. They're just so darn cool. While some might write off trainsportation as a relic of the days of Manifest Destiny, it's actually becoming much more useful and cool thanks to science. The newest generation of trains does not run on short men in conductor hats shoveling coal into an engine: they run on magnetism. The trains work by strapping a very powerful magnet onto the bottom of the train and having another very powerful magnet in the tracks. The magnetic force between the two allows the train to hover above the tracks. This e
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