any other space nerds out there? I’m huge into space history and current events.
U.S history like Gemini, Apollo, Space shuttle that kind of stuff
I really hope there's life on other planets out there. I also hope the government doesn't hide it from us once they find it.
Subconsciously practicing for becoming a furry and getting a suit.Little story.
When I was in High School, I was in Air Force Jr ROTC. Our Senior Master Sergeant was a maintenance crew chief on the SR-71. I got to wear his pressure suit to the Middle Schools to recruit for the ROTC program. That fucker was HOT!! I probably lost two pounds in sweat in the first five minutes!
It is claimed that the Mikoyan MiG-31 "Foxhound", Russia's high-altitude interceptor jet, is capable of shooting down satellites in low earth orbit.
The Russians carried out experiments with the MiG-31D as an anti-satellite weapons platform during the Soviet era, with the 79M6 anti-satellite missile and the 45Zh6 Krona space-tracking radar. The MiG-31 anti-satellite missile program was shelved when the USSR collapsed, but was resurrected in 2009.
The US conducted similar experiments with the F-15 in the last years of the Cold War, but the program was cancelled in 1988.
Apparently, not many details are known about the Russian's efforts to revive this program, but the idea of an airplane being able to shoot down an orbiting satellite is absolutely fascinating to me.
nationalinterest.org: Russia's MiG-31 Might Have a New Mission: Kill American Satellites
Now with regards to other stuff, I'm still wondering when or if we're going back to the moon this century.
My father ran shaker tests on the Apollo Lunar Module and got to play with the lunar rover simulator the astronauts trained with. I know he also met Sally Ride.
That rules, did he work for Grumman? The company my great uncle worked for built the environmental system for the LM. His first job was getting the project on time and budget since it was over on both and he did it, he was a hardass, haha. If you or your dad havent yet check out the series From the Earth to the Moon by HBO you should for sure. The episode called Spyder is the one on building the LM and lander and its my favorite one. Ive rewatched that one the most.
Yes, he did work for Grumman for awhile before following one of their engineers to found another company. He's since passed away but I know he did see the documentary. I've seen parts of it but I do plan on going back to watch the whole thing.