Saturday, February 18, 2012

Satellite #1000

I'm trying to catch up on my satellite backlog (and failing at 100 MPH). I'm still about 2 months behind in just getting the basics with no real details (like what type of satellite it was or what rocket put it up there).

But I have figured out what #1000 is:

December 28, 2011 6:20pm
Name: Tansuo 1 LM2r aka Long March 2C Rocket used for putting Tansuo 1 into orbit
Int'l Designator: 2004-012-C

I was hoping that I would have been more organized and that number 1000 would have been something like the ISS or the X37-B or one of my most often see satellites Resurs 1-4.

However, I wasn't, so it was all kind of random.


Here are the satellites that surrounded #1000:

#999 - ISS (International Space Station)
#1001 - X-37B (OTV 2)
#1002 - Resurs 1-4

I couldn't plan that, but it all kinda worked out that way. I find that to be kind of... cosmic. :-P

Also of note... my next session after the Dec 28th one was Jan 5th 2012, so I just got my #1000 in the year 2011 which was close to my original goal (get #1000 in a year). By getting it on Dec 28 2011, I got it in 1 year 4 months and 1 day (my first logged item was the ISS on Aug 27th 2010).

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Oh yeah.... it's back on. *BOOOOOM*

Did you hear that? That's the sound of a human breaking the speed of sound, without a plane, car or rocket. Just a big balloon, gravity, a pressure suit, and 120,000 feet up in the air.

The Red Bull Stratos project, after being delayed by some legal issues, is back on.

Felix Baumgartner and team are back on the job and planning for this historic attempt. I'm giddy as all get out.