Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design

There’s a lot of wisdom in these laws, learned the hard way and at great cost.

Blue Angels Transitioning to Unmanned Aircraft

It was inevitable.

Redesigning Santa’s Sleigh for Aerodynamic Efficiency

A little late for Christmas but still amusing.

http://www.popsci.com/why-santas-sleigh-poorly-designed-aerodynamic-efficiency

Kate Upton’s zero-g photo shoot

Your humble blogger has a normal interest in bikini-clad supermodels, but that’s not what this blog is about. Here is a worthy exception.

Image credit: Sports Illustrated

Image credit: Sports Illustrated

Image credit: Sports Illustrated

Super Bowl XLVIII and aerospace

Metlife Stadium, as imaged by the Earth Observing-1 satellite on January 30, 2014.

Boeing painted its 747-8 flight test aircraft to cheer on its home team and burned a lot of jet fuel to be the airborne 12th man.

One of the Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders is also a US Air Force officer.

Here’s the NOTAM for the airspace over the stadium:

FDC 4/44756

Location : East Rutherford, New Jersey
Beginning Date and Time : February 02, 2014 at 2200 UTC
Ending Date and Time : February 03, 2014 at 0459 UTC
Reason for NOTAM : Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons
Type : Security
Replaced NOTAM(s) : N/A

Keep your eyes outside the cockpit!

Keep your eyes outside the cockpit!

Keep your eyes outside the cockpit! This traffic doesn’t have an electrical system, so it’s not going to show up on SSR, TCAS or ADS-B.

h/t Foreflight

Skywriting humor

Best music video – ever

Colonel Chris Hadfield, RCAF (retired)
Canadian Space Agency astronaut
ISS Expedition 35 commander

The ideal gift for the man who has almost everything – a restored B-52G cockpit

As for me, the relatively easy part will be coming up with $85,000 that I don’t have to purchase this. The difficult part will be explaining to my wife what is going on when the truck pulls up to the house.

PS I think that these guys are serious. Here is the eBay listing.

$h!t Pilot Wives Don’t Say

Hilarious! A bit of USAF insider humor.