Stephen

I am a 24 year old college student in Southern California. This blog will chronicle my journey from regular guy to NASA astronaut.

Homepage: https://tospace.wordpress.com

End of Hiatus

I recently got an email asking me to approve a comment on this blog, and I realized that I’d quite neglected it for the last year and a half. Since I’ve actually made significant progress on my path to space in the intervening time, I have decided to begin writing here again.

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Final Exams, and Project Orion

Due to final exams and their associated studying, I’ve been nose deep in books or tests for the past couple of weeks, but now that my spring break has arrived I have the opportunity to relax a bit and focus on my recreational interests. Behold my most recent fixation: Project Orion!
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Technical Difficulties, &c

The following is a post that I intended to put up two weeks ago today; I don’t know how I neglected to do it, but I did. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Week in Fitness #2

Today ends the first week of my fitness program.
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HSAC design update

This week was an eventful one in the world of the High Speed Aircraft Club. We had our normal Thursday administrative meeting, and then met on Friday for a design session. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Week in Fitness #1

This Week in Fitness will be a weekly segment reviewing my work to get into flying shape. Though I planned to have it posted on Sunday, life intervened and so we’ll talk about it today. Read the rest of this entry »

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SolidWorks and other developments

The HSAC had a brief discussion on our Google Groups forum over the weekend, the upshot of which is that SolidWorks can apparently be convinced to act as a wind tunnel simulator, so the aero guys are going to use it over the coming weeks to get some initial data and ideas about our design. This should save us some time and effort on refining the design, which translates into fewer models, fewer failed wind tunnel tests, and more funds to put towards more fruitful research.

In an ongoing discussion on the XKCD fora, one commenter explained that if the HSAC plane really is analogous to the F-104 I wrote about last week, our turbine isn’t going to be able to generate nearly enough thrust to overcome the drag from our wing area. The technical details are below the break for those who are interested. Read the rest of this entry »

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