Iceland has already accomplished as much as I could have wanted in the #WorldCup ... by embarrassing Tiger Woods commentators ... shit ... I meant Lionel Messi commentators.
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Why Not? No Turn Key Lock
Is your key ring littered with junk...I'm sorry, personal trinkets? When you consider the common key ring is a bundle of keys, cards and novelties, one might wonder why we are modernly burdened with turning this misshapen cacophony. Here's a thought...inverse the properties of the average door knob.

Inserting your key aligns the tumbler pins (inverted from standard) allowing the facing 1/4 apex surface of the knob to turn freely, unlocking the door. The rear 3/4 of the knob operates as usual, releasing the plunger from the door frame.



In a post TV/3D printer world (250+/- days?) this will be prototyped and pitched to door fixture manufacturers. #StayTuned

Engineering > No Turn Key Lock
Rocket Launch Line of Sight
As space occupation becomes even more common place around the world, viewing a rocket launch has become far more accessible. One apparatus of this missing from the information expressway is how easily you can view a launch from any where by looking right over there.

As a solution, we have released a beta version of our Rocket Launch Line of Sight (LOS) page via the Orbital Clock.

Enter your viewing address and select the launch site (location via SpaceFlight Now Tracking) and discover your generalized landmarked line of sight towards the launch site as a point of reference.

Orbital Clock > Rocket Launch Line of Sight
HLT1AA Pay Load Sketch (1)
The HLT1AA pay load is a high altitude mechanical experiment precursor to HLT1A. Operational specifics will remain privy until prior to completed production and launch. Below is an initial sketch of the HLT1AA pay load.


Engineering > HLT1AA
HLT1 - AB1, SRBs and LP Sketch Draft (3)
HLT1 - AB1, SRBs and LP Draft (2)
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HLT1 - Experiment Series - Scaled "Al Cowlings" Rocket (1)
The second stage of the HLT1 project is the first stage carrier rocket and is one of the more significant in the experiment series.

Ballistic coefficient models do not calculate for thrust pressure inefficiencies from displacement. As displayed in the aerodynamic pressure diagram, thrust efficiency is lost as density is compensated. The first experiment at managing this loss will employ a cowling to funnel displaced atmosphere to a channel around and possibly through the combustion chamber.

In addition to purposing the redirection of atmosphere towards the rear of the rocket, utilizing dimple aerodynamics which creates a turbulence buffer and lowers separation will draw down more stabilized low pressure along the y-axis of the craft.


Engineering > HLT1
HLT1 - Experiment Series - Scaled Launch Platform (1)
HLT1 Experiment Series - Rockoon
To achieve an unburdened approach, we must find absolutes in necessity. Cameras, sensors and communications are requisites for scientific research. HLT1 as a payload, is not that. The unique attributes and operation of HLT1 is thusly hindered by more simplistic encumbrances, allowing for experimentation to achieve our objective.

One such experiment is Stage 1, the launch platform, which consists of 3 aluminium strut beams affixed to a launch cylinder housing the HLT1 rocket (presently unnamed) and held aloft by hydrogen filled polyethylene balloons. The launch platform will then rise to an elevation >20km where the atmospheric pressure has descended below 50mb. The first experiment will be a scaled model (wiki/rockoon) utilizing modifications from a 3D printer to (1) construct a successful release, (2) research center of gravity and (3) clearance.


Coming Soon > Experiment Series - Rocket Aerodynamics
Engineering > HLT1
HLT1 Preliminary Draft
HLT1 (Hacked Lunar Transponder 1) has displaced HLC1 as our initial Lunar project. The estimated 230 mm (9 in) diameter encased spherical lander's cost efficient operational stratagem will include a (1) low gain antenna, (1) s-band transponder, (7) ultra bright red LEDs and (1) chaser circuit fed by a power exchange and solar cell(s). Due to the irregular landing, HLT1's internet streaming transit will include a cash prize locating contest for amateur astronomers.

Engineering > HLT1

[Update] The current operation model (2) will unify the HLT1 lander as an impact resistant geodesic frame with internal monostatic sphere that will display a laser array on the Lunar surface and skyward.