The WotRocket want's to break the sailing speed record. How much money has been dumped into this project? This is so they (mysterious money bags) can lay bragging rights that their $$$$$$$ boat can go faster than a simple windsurfer [sailboard]. Newsflash, the sailboard (how much did it cost?) still holds the record. The real question is, can the WotRocket be cartopped?
The sailboard beats this puppy hands down. Nice effort though.
Have a nice weekend, I'm heading back east to escape from the smoke.
PASADENA, Calif. -- A new NASA-French space agency oceanography satellite launched on June 20th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a globe-circling voyage to continue charting sea level, a vital indicator of global climate change. The mission will return a vast amount of new data that will improve weather, climate and ocean forecasts.
With a thunderous roar and fiery glow, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 satellite arced through the blackness of an early central coastal California morning at 12:46 a.m. PDT, climbing into space atop a Delta II rocket. Fifty-five minutes later, OSTM/Jason 2 separated from the rocket's second stage, and then unfurled its twin sets of solar arrays. Ground controllers successfully acquired the spacecraft's signals. Initial telemetry reports show it to be in excellent health.
"Sea-level measurements from space have come of age," said Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. "Precision measurements from this mission will improve our knowledge of global and regional sea-level changes and enable more accurate weather, ocean and climate forecasts."
Measurements of sea-surface height, or ocean surface topography, reveal the speed and direction of ocean currents and tell scientists how much of the sun's energy is stored by the ocean. Combining ocean current and heat storage data is key to understanding global climate variations. OSTM/Jason 2's expected lifetime of at least three years will extend into the next decade the continuous record of these data started in 1992 by NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, or CNES, with the TOPEX/Poseidon mission. The data collection was continued by the two agencies on Jason 1 in 2001. Continue reading here.
Photo credit: Carleton Bailie/United Launch Alliance June 20, 2008
No dog, that would be California. Cough, cough, cough. The smoke has been bad.
In the last week of June 2008, California was the focal point of national fire activity. Over the first weekend of summer, record-breaking lightning activity in the state triggered hundreds of wildfires. Vegetation was dry due to months of drought, and some of the fires spread rapidly. As of June 26, the National Interagency Fire Center reported that 34 uncontained large forest fires were burning in the state, affecting nearly 190,000 acres. (That total does not count fires that are being allowed to burn with minimal management to benefit the ecosystem.)
Current Situation: State and Federal firefighters continue to battle hundreds of wildfires throughout Northern California and are preparing for light to moderate dry thunderstorm activity beginning tonight through the weekend. Fires are activity burning and continuing to spread. News fires are being identified on a regular basis. Priority of firefighting effort is for the protection of life, property and natural resources.
The Crab Nebula, Messier 1 (M1, NGC 1952), is the most famous and conspicuous known supernova remnant, the expanding cloud of gas created in the explosion of a star as supernova which was observed in the year 1054 AD. It shines as a nebula of magnitude 8.4 near the southern "horn" of Taurus, the Bull.
Credit: NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)
Look what came in the mail today. Dog, what is it? It's a Nikonos V underwater camera. Hold the fort amigo, it ain't a digicam. I know, she's an old school 35mm rangefinder and right now she's in my bathtub undergoing sea trials with my wife. [Sorry no pics available.]
I can finally take those up close surf and sailing shots that I have always wanted to, Papa has got a new (old) camera. I can't wait to take her out into the surf zone.
Lens - Interchangeable Nikonos bayonet
Format - 35mm Underwater (rangefinder)
Maximum Depth - 160' (49m)
Focus Modes- Manual
Focusing Range- Depends on lens
Exp. Modes - Aperture priority & manual
Shutter Speed - 1/1000th to 1/30th Second + bulb (1/90th second mechanical default)
ISO Range - 25-1600
Flash - Bulkhead for Nikonos 5 pin sync cord
Film Wind - Manual
Self Timer - No
Color - Orange
Power Source - Two 1.5-Volt A76 (LR44) batteries or (1) 2L76 (DL1/3N) 3V Lithium battery
Dimensions (WxHxD) - 5.7 x 3.9 x 2.3" (145 x 99 x 58mm)
Taken from the roof deck with a glass of sangria in one hand and a camera in the other. Cheese and crackers Al, can you turn down the thermostat? Dog, it's hot outside. For Pete's sake, I live in San Francisco, not Tucson!
GeoGarage pour la diffusion et la consultation de vos cartographies numériques via l'Internet. GeoGarage took NOAA charts and overlaid them with mapping server data from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to demonstrate their technology. Check out the demo, it's pretty damn cool.
Mike, I know it's cool where you are, but how about coming out here? Bunty, good old dear one, I know it's great on Malta, but how about coming out here....you could always fly on to Nirvana....Maui from here.
This is the year of the KONA BOARD!!!! I'll show you my other "Secret" [not so secret] spot in a day or two or threee or four or five or whenever the hell I get around to it! Maybe, just maybe I'll learn how to jibe my F2... maybe, cross your fingers and hope "not" to die.
Please forgive me if I don't respond to your emails, I get at least a thousand a day. Sorry Steve ( damn it, you don't have a blog that I can link to!!!!!!), sorry Phillipe, sorry Dave...those Force 5 sails on Craigslist would have been awesome if I saw your email in time....Meanwhile how's the Ulua project coming? I really want to kick my project into gear!
Screw this, it's time for some Sangria. Viva Asturias!