Apollo 11 moon landing highlights (CBS News) Here's what America watched as history was made in 1969. 50 years Technology that changed us: The 1970s, from Pong to Apollo In this 50-year retrospective, we look at technologies that had an impact on us, paved the way for the future, and changed us, in ways good and bad. Read More On July 20, 1969, I was at a science camp in Butcher Bend, WV. I watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon on a 19" black-and-white TV. Later, I stepped outside and looked up at the moon and marveled that we were there. It was a miracle of science, engineering, and -- never forget -- government finance.Could we do it today?No. We, the United States, literally have no rockets that are capable of getting people into low-earth orbit (LEO), never mind the moon. We pay the Russians for our rides to the International Space Station (ISS).Sure, there's a plan to return to Luna by 2024. In it, we use NASA's deep space capsule, Orion. It will … [Read more...] about Another NASA moonshot? Nope. You can’t BS your way to space
Not long ago, hybrids were novelties on roads around the world. The skies may be next.Ampair, a Los Angeles clean tech company in my neck of the woods, is set to begin accepting orders for a hybrid electric aircraft at the EAA AirVenture airshow in Wisconsin next week. Dubbed the EEL, the aircraft is in fact a retrofit of a Cessna 337, an aircraft that has a forward-mounted prop engine that pulls and a rear-mounted prop engine that pushes. Ampair's retrofit will replace one of those internal combustion engines with an electric motor powered by batteries.It's the latest example of a long-pursued goal of electrification in air travel. Aviation currently contributes 12 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions and 4.9 percent globally. With rising awareness of the threats of carbon emissions, there's been renewed interest in e-planes, with companies like magniX and Ampair racing to develop viable electric drivetrains. Read this The minimalist guide to summer travel tech 5 tips to travel … [Read more...] about Largest hybrid electric plane set to take flight
Podcast not working? Click here to download the file. Download Our second installment in our "To the moon" series is about IBM and UNIVAC, the two primary computer systems integrators for the Apollo missions.This article was initially written in 2009.IBM's Real-Time Computer Complex in Houston (Top) and NASA's Fresnedillas DSTN station in Madrid, Spain, (Bottom) one of the many Deep Space Tracking Network outposts using UNIVAC systems for pre-processing of telemetry downlink and command uplink data.Sending men to the Moon was not just about building gigantic Saturn V rockets and shooting them off into space.While it was the critical component of the overall program, and where a large portion of the money for the moon missions was spent, the rocket would have had no nervous system and we would have had no support infrastructure for the Apollo if it wasn't for the efforts of two large systems integration firms -- International Business Machines and UNIVAC -- and the people who worked … [Read more...] about To the Moon: IBM and Univac, Apollo 11’s integrators
Huge asteroid to fly by Earth closer than most satellites do on Friday the 13th 2029 Tonya Hall talks to Brent Barbee, aerospace engineer at NASA, to talk about a hypothetical asteroid encounter marshaling a 21st century planetary defense to the rescue. Our commitment to space exploration began with a wake-up call over six decades ago with a beeping sound.Not with a clock radio, but with a transponder signal that could be tuned into by any ham radio enthusiast -- the launching and ever present chirping of the Soviet Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957, the first artificial satellite. Shortly after that, the Soviets sent a dog into space aboard Sputnik 2. Several other Sputniks followed, then in 1961 they sent a man, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, into orbit aboard Vostok 1. Also: Advancing human exploration: Is space the final frontier, and how can data and AI get us there? Accompanying gallery content for "To the moon" Kennedy Space Center Boeing / Saturn V IBM and UNIVAC in the Apollo … [Read more...] about 50 years after Apollo 11: What really rocketed us to the moon
Ten years ago, on the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, I wrote a series of articles titled "To the Moon: How we Built the Technologies." In it, I profiled the key companies that contributed to the space program to make the moon missions a reality.As part of those articles, I also talked a bit about where those companies are now and where our space program was going next. In 2009, the future of our space program was uncertain and our previous president, Barack Obama, was in the second year of his first term in office.From a political and economic perspective, the world looked quite a bit different than as it does now, and the priorities of this country were also very different. We now have a new president, Donald Trump, and his visions for space exploration are a significant departure from the previous administration -- he wants to prioritize all efforts on a mission to Mars, and also intends to militarize space with a newly formed branch of the US armed forces, the Space … [Read more...] about To the Moon: 50 years after Apollo 11, is SpaceX the new NASA?