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demure  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Looks like Elon Musk's lab rats made it safely home

I was watching this launch livestream with intense interest, although the volume was down for most of the last 20 minutes of the countdown because I was the flight director for one of our satellites at the time and we had to take a manual pass...

what a wild few years it's been. I remember one of the more senior engineers on my team telling me to go follow them without really explaining what we were doing, and we suited up, and walked into the cleanroom where Crew Dragon Demo 1 (uncrewed test) and Crew Dragon Demo 2 (Hurley/Behnken) were being assembled. that really put a point on all the work I'd been doing there...

demure  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Where's My Flying Car? - by Rohit - Strange Loop Canon

Setting aside the rest of the article for the moment:

Air taxi: https://www.jobyaviation.com/

"Flying car" (why drive when you can take-off/land anywhere?): https://kittyhawk.aero/heaviside/

Folding wings, trailerable: https://www.iconaircraft.com/a5/

Detachable wings, trailerable: https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-12is/

These are not pie-in-the-sky links. I know people working at both Joby and Kitty Hawk. The A5 and RV-12is are both already available.

Also, helicopters. and https://www.opener.aero/ (but I don't personally know anyone at Opener)

demure  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fitbits detect lasting changes after COVID-19

as an aside, after seeing this, I tried to open Samsung Health on my phone (I have a samsung smartwatch) and learned that I'd been signed out.

To sign in again I have to provide my phone number, which Samsung will use to "help my friends find me".

I used to be pro-fitness tracker because I was interested in gathering my own heartrate data but I've realized I made exactly one project with it in 3 years and the only reason that I've been wearing it now outside of running/exercise is because until I can afford that sweet sweet Grand Seiko GMT it's my only watch that can display both local and UTC... (and even so, my Alpinist's rotating bezel can be used for that...)

demure  ·  82 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 30, 2021

    We have contact!

    We’re pleased to announce that we have successfully communicated with both YAM-2 and YAM-3, and on the first opportunity! This is a huge step forward for us and our Cockpit Mission Control team, and we’re just getting started.


demure  ·  84 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 30, 2021

We deployed two satellites in space today!

(now the next challenge begins)

or erm, no...

demure  ·  91 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 23, 2021

Two satellites I've worked on for the past year are launching Friday soon. Early Saturday some morning in the coming week I will be in the hotseat, flying one of those satellites as a satellite operator, using satellite control software our team and I built. Very, very excited!

PS: mk there's still the #bugski of editing a post with a Twitter embed; the rest of the post text is not present in the edit box when it first loads.