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  1. Post-Flight Launch Report Launch Time: 10:40 Members Present: Sean Preston, Justin Diehl, Nathan Kenney Play-By-Play: Used solid and liquid fuel boosters straight upwards until the rocket reached 60m/s, escaped atmosphere at around 10 degrees from horizontal, achieved orbit, and activated solar panels. Photographs: Time of Flight: 8m, 5s Summary: We were able to launch a satellite into orbit around Kerbin. Our rocket performed as expected. Opportunities / Learning: How to account for center of mass and weight of rocket components.
  2. Preston Rockets $221,779 Sat-orb 999 Parts List: Gigantor XL Solar Array x2 = $6000 M-Beam 200 I-Beam = $25 Modular Girder Adapter = $50 AE-FF1 Airstream Protective Shell (1.25m) = $300 RC-001S = $2250 TR-18A Stack Decoupler x2 = $800 FL-T800 Fuel Tank = $800 FL-T400 Fuel Tank x3 = $1500 LV-T45 "Swivel" Liquid Fuel Engine -50% = $600 AV-R8 Winglet x4 = $2560 CR-7 R.A.P.I.E.R. Engine -50% = $3000 TT-38K Radial Decoupler x2 = $1200 BACC "Thumper" Solid Fuel Booster x2 -50% = $850 Aerodynamic Nose C
  3. Post-Flight: Launch Time: 10:50 Play-by-Play: Rocket was able to escape the atmosphere. While ascent was shaky, stable orbit was achieved. A short EVA was performed once orbit was achieved. Photographs: Time-of-Flight: 0y, 0d, 00:07:30 Summary: The mission was a success. We achieved stable manned orbit, and performed an EVA. We faced the challenges of finding the correct angle to launch at in order to achieve our orbit, setting our course, and using thrust at the correct times. Opportunities / Learnings: The team learned that our momentum will carry u
  4. Pre flight briefing #3 Team name: Preston Rockets available funds: $80236 Vehicle name: Copycat Mk2 Parts list: MK1 command pod-$600 MK16 Parachute-$422 2-MK12-R radial mound drogue parachute-$150 1.25mm Heat shield- $300 2-TR-18A Stack Decoupler- $800 LV-909 "terrier" Liquid fuel engine- $195 FL-T1800 Fuel tank-$800 2-Aerodynamic nose cone-$480 2-RT-10 "Hammer" solid fuel booster-$400 4-AV-R8 winglet-$$1560 LV-T45 "Swivel" Liquid Fuel Engine-$600 Total cost: $8457 Design goals: Orbit Kerbin and preform an E
  5. Pre-Flight Briefing #2: Team Name: Preston Rockets Available Funds: $25,008 Vehicle Name: Crash Mk. 2 Parts and Costs: Mk. 1 Command Pod ($600) Mk. 16 Parachute ($422) Heat Shield (1.25m) ($300) TR-18A Stack Decoupler ($400) x 2 = $800 RT-10 "Hammer" Solid Fuel Booster ($400) x2 -50% = $400 Delta Deluxe Winglet ($600) x 3 = $1800 Mk12-R Radial-Mount Drogue Chute ($150) x 3 = $450 Total: $4772 Design Goals: Designed to have an equivalent ascent, but a smoother and safer reentry. Using more parachutes and altering flig
  6. Team Name: Preston Rockets Available Funds: 30,000 Vehicle Name: RickRock Mk. 1 Parts and Costs: S1 SRB-KD25K "Kickback" Solid Fuel Booster (2700) -50% = $1350 Mk. 1 Command Pod ($600) Mk. 16 Parachute ($422) Heat Shield (1.25m) ($300) TR-18A Stack Decoupler ($400) AD-R8 Winglet (640) x3 = $1920 Total: $4,992 Design Goals: Vehicle is designed to reach 50km manned and land safely. Launch Goal: Successful liftoff and ascent from the ground. Safe return to surface after reaching 50km. Pilot Plan: Reach 50m at 90 degree angle, t
  7. This post will delve less into video games and more into science fiction. Holograms are often shown in sci-fi movies and tv to show futuristic technology. Holograms are usually depicted as images created purely by light. Currently, we have digital projectors, able to display a color image on a flat surface. However, most holograms in pop culture have a 3d image. This would be difficult to accomplish realistically, since in order to create a 3 dimensional image, the light would need something to refract off of. The same way that a laser pointer will show a line through smoke or fog, but only sh
  8. Usually, when someone asks what superpower you would want, some say invisibility. It may be possible in the future to achieve this, however. The idea behind cloaking, as many seem to point out in the comments of the video, is fairly simple: bending light around an object such that you are unable to see it. In my opinion, Team Fortress 2 does this very well. The Spy class has an invisibility watch that allows him to cloak himself for brief amounts of time. However, if the spy comes in contact with an enemy or takes damage, his cloak will "blink" and an outline of his body will b
  9. The wall jump is a common term for the ability of a video game character to kick off of a wall to gain a bit of height. This technique is most common to platforming games, but can have its place in other genres. Usually, the character will jump between two parallel walls, but it is possible in some games to do a wall jump at a 90 degree corner. The most interesting thing about this is that it is technically possible. The trick relies on applying force on the wall and using momentum in order to push yourself up. Video game wall jumps are a bit less demanding on momentum, but nearly always show
  10. Metroid is a game known for its power ups. One of the lesser known ones from Metroid 2 for the Gameboy was the Spider Ball. This allows Samus, when curled up into a ball using her morph ball ability, to stick to walls and ceilings. Assuming that SR-388, the planet Metroid 2 takes place on, has gravity identical to ours, this power up would allow Samus to hold herself to walls with a force of over 882 newtons considering that the manual for Super Metroid lists her weight as 90 kilograms without her Power Suit.
  11. Mario Kart 8 introduced a "zero gravity" feature where, in certain parts of tracks could be driven on upside down and sideways. This addition to the series is interesting though, as it isn't explained how this would function. The carts levitate above the track while in "zero gravity" mode, yet don't fall away from the stage. Also, while in this mode, you still have the ability to accelerate and decelerate. This should be impossible without some kind of force coming from the cart. Sure, there are some kind of thrusters, but these only visibly activate after using a speed item. Additionally, tra
  12. The main bosses of the Mega Man series are known as "Robot Masters". Each one has a theme, and a level to go along with that theme. For example, Gravity Man from Mega Man 3. As his name suggests, this robot is themed after the idea of controlling gravity. However, this should not be physically possible. Gravity is the result of large masses, such as planets and moons. In the game, this robot's level consists of "gravity" fields where you can fall towards the ceiling instead of the floor. If this were truly gravity, the level would not be able to "switch" gravity in specific places. Realistical
  13. Stardew Valley is a peaceful farming game in the same vein as Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon. Unlike these games, Stardew Valley runs on its own calendar rather than using a real life equivalent. Time in Stardew Valley is broken up into four seasons, with 28 days each. Each day has 24 hours, but a second in our time is equivalent to about a minute in Stardew Valley time. While this time difference is most likely for gameplay purposes, I'd like to discuss Stardew Valley as if the game took place on another planet. A year, one full revolution around our sun, would take about 44.8 hour
  14. Most anyone who plays online games can tell you that ping, also known as latency, is one of the main factors to a smooth gameplay experience. Ping is the amount of time it takes for the input from your keyboard, mouse, or controller to reach the server running the game. This is usually measured in milliseconds, and the lower your ping is, the better. Good ping relies on a good connection to the server. This is dependant mainly on your internet connection and distance from the server. You'd get better ping connecting to a server close to you rather than one on the other side of the globe. Due t
  15. One day, I was bored at my computer and decided to take a closer look at my mouse. This mouse has RGB lighting, meaning it can change between whatever color you could think of. However, the way these colors are produced has an interesting relation to physics. This mouse contains three separate LEDs. One controls the amount of red light produced, one for green, and one for blue, as indicated by the term RGB. Together, if each LED outputs light with a certain brightness, they can form other colors in between the standard red green and blue. Back to the story, I picked up my mouse which had
  16. Time travel is a common theme throughout games. Due to the laws of physics, however, time travel is only possible in a few theoretical situations. Time travel backwards through time seems even less likely from a physics standpoint. However, these limitations make for interesting gameplay mechanics. For example, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, time travel is a major theme throughout the game. As the name implies, you play music through a flute-like instrument called an Ocarina to play different songs with special effects, including time travel. During the game, after you've travel
  17. Super Mario Galaxy's hub world is known as the Comet Observatory. In its center is what a character describes as a "ball of flame" called the Beacon which powers the whole observatory. This beacon starts off small, but as the player collects Grand Stars, the beacon grows in size and changes color. This beacon changes color from burgundy, to orange, to yellow, green, greenish-blue, blue, and turquoise. I'm sure from this description your immediate thought is "star". However, if this beacon was really a star, the heat it would be releasing would be catastrophic for anyone nearby. Stars' gravitat
  18. Overwatch is a recent first person shooter by Blizzard. The game has become very popular due to its roster of 23 heroes and counting. However, some of the characters can be a bit unrealistic. For example, the character Lúcio wields a gun that fires sound at his enemies. He also has an ability that can push away any hero, including the 7'3" 550 lbs tank known as Roadhog. This gun has enough force to push Roadhog into the air. I'll be calculating the absolute minimum amount of force this ability has. Converting Roadhog's 550 lbs to kg, we get about 249.476 kg. To find the net force it would take
  19. The Magnet Gloves from The Legend of Zelda series only appear in two of the series' games. This item works by either attracting your character to, or repelling the character away from, certain objects stuck into the ground. The interesting thing about this is that the item can "switch polarity" by the press of a button. Theoretically, this could be possible using electromagnets. If the current were able to switch directions, then the magnet should switch its polarities. Although, don't ask me why a game set in a magical medieval style is using electromagnets.
  20. Thinking back on it, Super Mario Sunshine is one of the only games I can think of that does waves accurately. Let me explain. There are ropes throughout the game connecting platforms that allow Mario to walk across them. Mario can jump off of these ropes in order to gain some height, but what I noticed was that the rope after Mario jumped acted somewhat realistically. The rope created a wave. The wave started with an amplitude of about how much the rope was displaced while Mario was standing on it due to his weight, and after Mario jumped, the rope slowly stabilized at its original position. T
  21. The Ground Pound is a common mechanic in some video games, usually used as an attack that involves your character slamming into the ground. Usually, this attack is visibly more powerful than a character's usual fall would be. Most games don't count landing on the ground as any sort of attack, but a ground pound will definitely do some damage. The problem with this is that in order to "create" more force to slam into the ground with, you must either increase your mass or acceleration downwards. This seems completely unlikely as no character is ever handed a bowling ball at the peak of their jum
  22. Like Rocket Jumping, the Double Jump has become a staple feature for some platforming games. In order to perform this gravity defying action, a character would have to have the ability to, at any time, instantly create a force exactly equal to their current downward force due to gravity acting at their feet. Any greater, and they'd be floating upwards. Any less, and they'd be falling slowly. Creating this force acts as a normal force, like the force the earth enacts upon us as we just walk around. Theoretically, if someone were able to do this, they may be able to push enough to "jump" in the
  23. Rocket Jumping has become a common occurrence in first person shooters. The idea is that detonating an explosive at your feet will allow your character to move much faster in exchange for damaging yourself. In Team Fortress 2, a cartoony class-based first person shooter by Valve, about 4 of the 9 classes have some way of "explosive" jumping, but today I'll be talking about the Rocket Launcher-wielding Soldier. One of the main characteristics of this class involves movement through the air using rocket jumping. The problem is the damage. I'm sure you realize that any sort of explosion could be
  24. What about the evolution of Cosmog to Cosmoem, a change of mass from 0.1 kg to 999.9 kg?
  25. A few days ago, I was speaking to a friend about the effect that building a real-life Death Star would have on the earth. Sure, we don't exactly have the engineering or astronomical knowledge to make that a reality, but it's interesting to think about the effects of such a massive change. If we assume that the Death Star has properties nearly identical to our own moon in terms of mass and radius, we would definitely expect a change in tides due to its gravitational pull on the earth. Also, if the Death Star were orbiting our earth as our moon does, we would either have twice as many eclipses d
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