After seeing rocket launchings in person, I reached the following conclusions:
Months (or maybe years) of preparation allow an amazing lift lasting for a few seconds.
We need to pay more attention to the research being conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) because we enjoy the results.
Scientists and engineers can be funny.
Two days ago, we drove to the NASA Volopas facility on the east coast of Virginia to see the explosion of the Northwest Graemann Antares 230 in space.
We had an interest in this launch because our son is the task manager of Nanox, a commercial space company that carried satellites on the rocket. The director of a delegation works with companies and universities that develop satellites and ensures that the satellites meet NASA requirements.
Since we had a guest, we were able to participate in the guest briefing and NASA mission review, North Graham and others.
In fashion, one describes described in detail how the launch will occur.
From countdown to lift, it takes about 3 and a half seconds. The moderator explained that we should expect to see a large ball of steam and fire under the missile. This is normal, but if it lasts more than 5 seconds, we should be concerned and we should turn around, put our fingers in our ears and expect a boom.
"It will not happen," he assured him.
Wow. A collective sigh of relief from all the companies in the room who have invested 7,600 pounds of research and equipment charged for the ISS.
His explanation certainly emphasized the accuracy of this science. If something caused the launch to be turned off by 90 seconds, all could be in vain. Timing is necessary because the probe needs to align with the ISS. The required speeds for the track are left with a small margin for an error.
Six staff members are now on the ISS board relying on supplies shipped and looking forward to new research opportunities.
One of the items launched, a bio-analyzer, uses only a few drops of fluid – a finger dick versus a blood diagram – to identify and quantify cell surface molecules that have been associated with the immune system. Bio-analyzes can eliminate the need for cryptography and storage samples should lead to better life science research, according to www.nasa.gov.
Another study to be undertaken involves materials that measure the behavior of the environment in a microcravity environment. Information collected can be useful for growing food here on Earth or for growing materials in space, according to www.Digitaltrends.com.
Describing the size of the spaceship, one of the exhibitors mentioned that if someone wants to launch a new F-150 new pickup – or perhaps an electric car in space – it can be done. Then he threw an innocent look at the crowd, shrugged and said, "I do not know why anyone will do it."
There was a knowing laugh when the audience recognized the light-hearted Elon Masc, who last year launched Tesla Roadster on a spacex Falcon Heavy rocket. Another laugh occurred when the presenter added, "A little friendly competition will never hurt anyone."
As the talking about NASA's free and free robots, Astrobees, he mentioned that the scientists working on the project have named robots: Honey, Queen and Bumble.
I looked around the room and saw some time earlier when the mothers of those "bright" children shared the Winnie the Poo stories with them, and I had to smile.
The hand that rocks the crib does control the world … perhaps even worlds that we have not yet discovered.
Lisa Tedric Prejean writes a weekly column for Herald-Mail. Email her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @Lisa_Prejean.