There is a new era of inovation which appears to
passing many people by.
In the mid 1990's enginners and enthusiasts began
questioning who has the right to go into space . Prizes
where set up to encourage people to be interested in
making a commercial space vehicle that could
transport humans into space.When Scaled
Composites Spaceship one met this challenge, I was
glad that I managed to at least get my name into
space by sponsoring them through the X-prize.
Here in the U.K. Steve Bennett who was making
rockets before any prize was announced ,started his
own Launch Vehicle Company called StarChaser in
1992. At first they made small rockets no taller than a
man, today starchaser industries are making Launch
vehicles large enough to carry people into space.
I became interested and involved in a small way on
the starchaser forums and met Steve on one occasion
in 2006. He showed me around the factory at Hyde
(UK) and I was pleased to see that Starchaser is
dedicated to getting the average person, like you or
me ,into space. I beleive starchaser will do this.
As of June 2007 things are changing for the
supporters club and the forum is currently unavailbale
till the Autumn .
To find out more visit the StarChaser.co.uk Website.
The Universe is a vast and wonderful thing,
you can't know everything?
My main qualifications are in electronics, which partly led
me to astromomy via the physics route, from how atoms
work to the electromagnetic spectrum. I have a vast
interest in outer space,
I can be watching an old 1950's Sci-fi movie one
minute,my favourite being the day the Earth stood still,
and the next minute i'll be working out real world time
travel using Lorrentz transforms as part of a distance
learning course. I have two certificates in astronomy , one
is Planetary atmospheres and the other is the Science of
science fiction, I have distinctions in both. I wrote a short
story for one of the courses , I recently updated it and
added it to my personal page, I'm no Jules Verne so don't
expect to read what I think will happen in 100's of years to
come. The story led me to the fascination with Nereid, a
small moon that orbits neptune , I made calculations that I
learnt from both courses and rare books to estimate its
gravity and composition for fun. Best of all, I just like to
look up at the stars, and thats how my interest in space
What ever your interest in space, I think I might have
something here that you will find useful and interesting
and get you inspired by whats out there and how we could
get there, as much as I am.
Planetary Atmospheres Essay about the 4 Gas Giants
Things I've seen
About 4 years ago I was driving home from Staffordshire
, UK, on my way home Northward, when I saw one of the
most spectacular things in my life.
A bright object caught my eye and when I looked to the
passenger side of my car I could not believe it, a
massive glowing object much bigger than a large
aeroplane came from nowhere, it flickered and had a
smoke trail behind it, there where no clouds in the sky ,
it was amazing. It only seemed to travel a few hundred
metres then disappeared , but if it was at a high in the
atmosphere it must have been travelling several miles in
those few seconds. I assume it bounced off the
atmosphere and went back out to space. I reported it to
N.E.O. Near Earth Observations, but got no reply. I
beleive it was just a meteor or possibly a piece of space
junk burning up. I tried to make a small animation which
shows a reconstruction of what I saw , but for now heres
a simulated image, its accurate to what I remember but
the location is Hoylake on the Wirral , Not Staffordshire.
The body looks like its going toward ground but this was
the mid point, its vector is skimming the top of the
There is Space for Everyone
About 7 years ago, I became very interested in Astronomy during some night
fishing with some friends and realised how much clearer the sky is at night in the
middle of nowhere, in the countryside. I decided then to find some way of getting
more involved, and so, I joined Chester Astronomical Society. They met once a
month and have guest speakers from around the world. On one occasion an
Astronomer from the British Antarctic Survery gave a talk on Sun grazing comets,
4 months before it was televised to the world. One amazing trip we had, was in a
little minibus to Powys in Wales ,Cymru, to a private observatory which was also
the home of a lovely couple who kindly let us look through there large telescope ,
I think it was an 18 inches reflector but I can't remember. The sky was a Navy
blue colour at night where the milky way and all the stars and constellations
where, and looked just as you would see in a book. I was a member of the society
for only 2 years but it was a very interesting and inspiring to time. Unfortunatly
work commitments meant I couldn't go when I wanted too, but the society is still
going and helping keep Britains sky light pollution free, so we can all see the
wonders of the universe.
As part of the courses I took at John Moores Unversity I went to a MAD
'merseyside astronomy day' where I watched and listened to guest speakers in
the Wirral Spaceports planeterium, talking about colliding galaxies and other
Physical and orbital properties of Neptunes moon.
Jodrell Bank photos and Amature radio observation.
Current British Planetary and Moon Explorations
To see a StarChaser tribute video have a look at
the Animations section under Creations .
I made the animations back in 2006.
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