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  1. What's this? New AP-C students? Welp a new dawn has... dawned and I have made the short stroll of 18 miles to RIT. So what has changed? Not much. Right now you AP-C'ers are taking, I assume, mostly college level courses and believe it or not they are actual college level classes, like no joke. With Calculus, Physics and other classes I was (and you are) taking the equivalent of a Freshman year in college. If it sounds intimidating its because it is, taking that big of a step a year early is very tough and will, at points, seem like the worst decision of your life. Don't get me wrong senior year is lots of fun, but remember, if a class like Calc or Physics is getting you down, hold on. At some point or another you will have to realize that not all knowledge is easy to learn and high school is the best place for that. Mr. Fullerton is amazing and he, unlike a college professor, will help you through every step if he needs to. Enjoy yourself and make it a great year! Oh yeah, READ THE TEXTBOOK (I have to pay for mine, use it while it's free) Have fun and stay classy, Shwiby
  2. Launch time: about 1:50 Team Member Present: all Play by Play: launch, solids exhausted decoupled, main sail burns up until low orbit, poodle used to achieve full orbit, transfer close to periapsis of orbit, retrograde burn to achieve orbit around mun, decrease orbit until on collision course, slow decent, ran out of fuel just before landing, hit at about 20 m/s engine, fuel tank and nose cone explode, rover miraculously lands wheels down intact attached to decoupler, decoupler decoupled, rover drives off. Time of Flight: 1 day, 5 hours, 55 min, 31 seconds Summery: sweet fast rover landed on the surface of the moon. We can now explore the surface in style and comfort. All systems are in order and running well. Might try to find the Apollo 11 landing site. Learnings: Rovers are hard to get off of the ship you put them on, until the ship underneath it explodes. Will look into a safer way to deploy rover that involves less random explosions. Strategies: Continue forward with our landing skills and try to figure out what to do next Milestones: Working rover on the mun Available Funds: Waiting on the CFO to put in the hours to get this measure, also not sure who the CFO is. Will try and find that out. Well I found the CFO and he said we still have $149,228 in the bank.
  3. Team Name: Garalles Available Funds: $192,738 Vehicle name: Cool mun rover parts: 2 large tank 1 main sail 6 solids 6 radial decouplers 1 advanced sas 3 decouplers 1 poodle 1 medium tank 3 landing struts 4 rove max wheels 9 small solar panels 2 small mono tanks 2 rcs boosters 1 linear rcs booster 3 batteries 1 medium rcs tank 2 lights 1 mk2 cockpit 1 large nose cone total: 43,510 design goals: get a speedy rover to the moon launch goal: take our proven speedy rover to the muns surface and do some sweet doughnuts pilot plan: get into orbit around the earth, transfer to the muns orbit, decrease orbit and descend to the surface of the mun.
  4. yep it has five docking ports, I figured I'd fit as many as I could on it.
  5. Launch Time: about 1:50 Team Members Present: Gareth Play-by-Play: Initial stage with solid boosters and main sail fired. Solids exhausted, sperated, angling ship to 45° toward the water off of kerbal space center. Main sail burnt until in sub space. Main sail detached, poodle engaged. 45° angle maintained up till disired orbital height is reached. Positioned at 90° in direction of trajectory. Wait until apoapsis. Power up utill orbit is expanded to a realativly square orbit. Deployed solar panels and lights. Objective acheved Time-of-Flight: about 38 hours Summary: With this successful journey a manned space station and perhaps future refueling station has been put in place. Opportunities / Learnings: How to get a large object out of the atmosphere and into orbit Strategies / Project Timeline: Will perhaps try to send up some large fuel tanks to create a refuelling station and perhaps build on the space station Milestone Awards Presented: Manned Space station around kerban Available Funds: $62,738
  6. Team Name: Garalles Available Funds: $114,078 Vehicle Name: space station Vehicle Parts List and Cost: 1 main sail 1 large fuel tank 6 solids 6 radial decouplers 2 medium tanks 2 decouplers 1 poodle 1 small tank 1 advanced sas 1 mk2 lander-can 6 structural beams 8 small rcs tanks 8 rcs boosters 5 docking ports 4 large solar panels 4 spot lights 4 batteries 4 battery packs total: 51,340 Design Goals: Create a space station that has enough ports to eventually become a refueling station. Launch Goal: Figure out how to launch a space station base in to orbit Pilot Plan: Primary stage is the solid boosters plus some help from the main sail. After the soilds are gone the main sail will carry the ship in to sub space where the poodle will take over to put the station into orbit.
  7. Launch Time: about 2:00 Team Members Present: Gareth and Clayton Play-by-Play: launch, solid stage released, aim for orbit, main sail released, poodle used to create stable orbit, backwards burn at apoapsis to create reentry, reentry achieved slight regression burn to slow down ship, parachutes deployed, safe landing Photographs: Time-of-Flight: I think it was about a 2 days flight Summary: The mission was a great success, the ship was recovered along with the kerbal. This was a momentous occasion for all of kerban. Opportunities / Learnings: How to achieve a stable orbit and have a safe reentry to kerban Strategies / Project Timeline: We will next perhaps try for the mun Milestone Awards Presented: manned stable orbit Available Funds: $54,078
  8. Team Name: Garalles Available Funds: $66,539 Vehicle Name: orbit Vehicle Parts List and Cost: 1 command pod mk1: 600 1 MK16 Parachute: 422 3 MK2-R radial-mount parachute: 700 6 rockomax BACC solid fuel booster:800 1 Rockomax brand decoupler: 200 1 TR-18A Stack decoupler: 600 1 Rockomax Jumbo-64 Fuel tank: 12500 1 mainsail: 850 6 Hydraulic detachment manifold: 200 1 Rockomax fuel tank: 1800 1 poodle engine: 600 1 SAS Module: 600 1 adapter 02: 50 Total: 24,922 Design Goals: make a successful stable orbit and have little room for disaster while doing so Launch Goal: create a manned stable orbit and return to kerban unharmed Pilot Plan: The pilot will be positioning the ship for a proper course for orbit and then once the stable orbit is reached, prepare a course for reentry
  9. Launch Time: about 1:20 Team Members Present: Just Gareth Play-by-Play: Solid Boosters Fired, First stage released, parachutes deployed, saftly drifts back to kerban Photographs: Time-of-Flight: about 30 min Summary: Kerbal safely reached 10K meters and drifted back to kerban Opportunities / Learnings: Staging and proper parachute deployment Strategies / Project Timeline: We feel that we are ready to go for a manned orbit Milestone Awards Presented: manned 10K launch Available Funds: $66,539
  10. Team Name: Garalles Available Funds: 70,000 Vehicle Name: 10k Vehicle Parts List and Cost: 1 Command pod MK1: 600 1Mk16 Paracute:422 1 TR-18A Stack Decoupler: 600 3 Rockomax BACC solid fuel booster: 800 3 TT-38K Radial Decoupler: 600 1 Advanced SAS Module: 1100 Total: 6922 Design Goals: Be able to easily reach 10k meters and safely back. Launch Goal: Gain 10K meters and deploy parachutes with minimal chance of harm to all kerbals involved Pilot Plan: Just a solid stage of rockets than rockets will be released and the capsle will drift back to kerban with the aid of 4 parachutes
  11. THANK GOD. That strange light on the martian surface that the curiosity rover captured and I talked about here has been explained. The supposed UFO, martian confirming, NASA is hiding things from us, light has been dismissed by NASA in a recent statement as a cosmic-ray. "These [lights] can be caused by cosmic-ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces, as the most likely explanations." explained the government pawns at NASA. Cosmic-ray or not why did this make so much news? Why did I write about this? Hell even National Geographic took to the conspiracy (nobody wrote about it). Slow news day I guess.
  12. A new study suggests that procrastination may not be behavioral, and perhaps be determined by genes. The Study ties impulsiveness to procrastination as procrastination, in most cases, is the impulse to put off mundane tasks in favor of more pleasurable ones. I could think of someone that fits that description. I can't say that I'm not a procrastinator, however I tend not to be that impulsive, however I do like to put off mundane tasks for better ones. But can you blame me, who wouldn't rather be reading my blog post instead of doing work? No one.
  13. NASA's next mission might be their coolest yet. What could top landing on the moon, curiosity and voyager? Landing on an asteroid. NASA's next mission is to survey and map 1999 RQ36 or Bennu, collect samples, and then return to earth in 2018. They want to collect said samples to analyze the content of the asteroid to see if asteroids could have had a hand in creating life on Earth. The mission should kick off in September of 2016 and will be the first to involve landing on an asteroid.

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