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Who Is In Charge Of Satellites Being Launched Into Earth Orbit?

by Anura Guruge

Click to access ‘space.com’ original.

Click to access a pretty informative and easy to follow presentation.

Do YOU know the answer?

There is NO SINGLE International Body, say the IAU, in charge.

In the case of U.S. companies — or foreign companies planning to do business with the U.S. — the F.C.C. grants a license, but it appears that a few companies have skirted this and have had their satellites launched aboard.

What is the big deal?

Well, this 60-satellite SpaceX (Elon Musk) Starlink might look cool for a few days, BUT do you really want it marring your view of SPACE — at the Universe?

And this is only the start.

The entire SpaceX train, for providing global Internet access, will consist of over a 1,000 satellites!

And other companies, including Amazon, plan to join with thousands of their own.

Soon, and I mean in years, we will have THOUSANDS of small satellites in low Earth orbit. It will get in the way of us being able to enjoy the stars.

First we had Indians littering space. Then the Israelis crashed onto the moon. Now this.

This has to be controlled before we MESS UP SPACE.

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by Anura Guruge

First The Indians Litter Space, Then Israel Litters The Moon!

by Anura Guruge

This from CNBC. Google for plenty more.

Yes, accidents happen.

But, it is a shame that we now have litter and debris on the Moon! Yes, on the Moon.

They are claiming that Mount Everest is now like a garbage dump. It would be a shame if we had debris all over the surface of the Moon.

Yes, of course, they didn’t want it to happen, but did they do adequate testing to really, really avoid a failure. I remember reading that their very first rocket burn failed due to a basic programming error. I, alas, did a lot of work with Israeli high tech companies during ‘dot.com’. I learnt that they are cavalier and rush the software. SMILE.

Well maybe it is time for the IAU to step in and start policing and regulating space shots — whether just orbital, to the Moon or Mars.

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by Anura Guruge

September 4, “E-Day” For “Edsel” — A Day To Commemorate Brilliant Failures!

by Anura Guruge

THE Ford Edsel — For Ever Synonymous With Failure.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edsel

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford_II

The Henry Ford Family Tree.

Edsel was the FAMOUS son, Henry Ford II’s father.

Click to ENLARGE and admire.

September 4th will always be “E-Day” — the day in 1957 that the Ford Motor company launched the ill-fated Edsel — the “E car“.

As such September 4 is a day to commemorate and celebrate FAILURE — brilliant failures at that.

Interestingly, “E-Day” is the ONLY event of any note that has EVER happened on September 4.

Some, ill-formed lists of ‘anniversaries’ will list September 4 as the birthday of Henry Ford. NOT SO. The Henry Ford, who created Ford, was born on June 30, 1863.

September 4 is the birthday of his grandson, Henry Ford II. BIG, difference.

He was the one that launched the Edsel. It was to coincide with HIS birthday!

The ‘Edsel’ was quite the ego trip for Henry Ford II. It was named after his DAD!

The name “Edsel” itself, IRONICALLY, is an old English word for ‘rich’. Well the Ford’s were indeed rich, though not thanks to the Edsel.

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by Anura Guruge

The Newly Opened ‘Museum Of Failure’ In Sweden.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access their official Website.

CNN coverage. Google for this and many more.

Clever and I wish it was closer, like in New York or Boston. I hope it is better than the ‘Sex Museum‘ in New York — which shouldn’t, in reality, be too hard.

Right now, newly opened, it does look a bit limited — essentially focusing on some fairly well known product flops, such as Sony’s Betamax (though I was a fan of Betamax and used it for years in the UK because of its superior image quality).

I hope they set out to really showcase failure in all of its myriad, delightful flavors and textures. They should even have a picture of ME!

I will keep an ear to the ground to see what I hear about this endeavor. It would be ironic IF it turned out to be a failure.

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by Anura Guruge

Navy Seal Whose Parachute Failed This Weekend Over The Hudson — What Happened To Reserve Parachute?

by Anura Guruge

Click here to ENLARGE and read. Use link below to access original.

Click here for U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘ original. 

What struck me from the moment I heard this tragic news was “what happened to the other parachute?

I have read a few of the news reports and none mention whether he tried to deploy his reserve. They do mention that he would have had a reserve.

If it was a DUAL failure that is strange and extremely unfortunate.

I am going to keep my ears open for more news and will share any I find that is of import.

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by Anura Guruge

Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage February 5, 2016 & MetrcoCast Internet Outage February 7 in Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

If nothing else I try to keep track of power and Internet outages, in Alton, New Hampshire, for my ‘record’ and edification.

Friday, February 5, 2016 was when we had the ‘unexpected’ (i.e., less than 12 hours notice) ‘big’ snowstorm — kind of the first of 2016 (after our unusually long stretch of above normal temperatures). There was an Eversource (nee PSNH) power outage around 9:30 am, that lasted for about 75 minutes, in Alton. We rolled out and hooked up the generators. To be fair as far as I can remember, and per my records (i.e., blog posts) this was the first time we had to hook up the generators since the 23-hour power outage at Thanksgiving 2014!

So to be fair to Eversource that is not bad. 435 days without a major outage. That is pretty good.

P1030476I try to roll out the generators ‘once a month’ and run them for about 1/2 hour. Folks tell me that this good. And I have done this for 6 years. So just two weeks ago I had gone through the ‘warm up’ drill. When doing so I recalled that I had not had to hook the generators up in a long time — 1 year 2 months.

So that was the Eversore (as I call them) outage. February 5, 2016.

Today, Superbowl Sunday, February 7, 2016 MetroCast had an Internet outage around 1:45pm. Actually two. The first a short blip followed by a full-blown outage. It was probably down for 30 minutes. I don’t know. I left, went and had my ‘brunch’ and watched cricket, South Africa vs. England 2nd ODI on Willow, via my Roku 3, using our TDS connection. When I finished brunch and came up I saw that all the lights were flashing on my Motorola Surfboard. So I knew MetroCast was back up. Working fine now. So another heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

Video Of Unmanned Russian Rocket Carrying 3 Satellites Blowing Up This Morning.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Gather that the Russians have been having a lot of rocket problems of late. Strange, but kind of understandable. Compared to the fortunes spent during the Space Race the Russian space program is now working on a broken shoelace. I am old enough to remember seeing rocket failures like this from the 1960s. This is pretty spectacular.