Dave Noderer's Blog

August 2007 Entries

Shuttle Flight STS-118 at ISS and starting EVA1

I'm definitily a space junkie! As a l ittle kid have followed the  space  program from Alan Shepard's suborbital Mercury flight, through landing on the moon and into the shuttle era.

I'm sure this had an effect and drove me from a young age to want to be an electrical engineer which I did alhtough never did work directly for the space program. I did get to climb around in one of the shuttle avionics mockups in Houston as NASA had always bought Sel -> Gould -> Encore real-time computers to drive simulations.

The bad news is that the main media does not cover the space program at all but the good new is that you can watch NASA TV anytime which provides 24x7 coverage during shuttle missions.

NASA TV Landing page: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

On the Friday after Teched in Orlando this year was a shuttle launch so I headed to the coast and watched it from the Tiki-bar at the end of the Coco Beach Pier (actually located in Cape Canaveral). It was a very nice place as everyone had had a few adult beverages (you have to arrive early as they only allow a certain number of people on the pier and the price goes up! Everyone cheered and took pictures of each other after the launch, lots of spirit(s) on that pier!

The best land view not in the complex is probably Titusville, just across the lagoon, ~ 10 miles. I have watched from there in the past and it is very impressive.

Even here in South Florida, 150 miles away, I can easily see the launches although you don't get the sound effects and much easier to see at night. Don't look towards the ocean or even north, the launch will first rise to the north west. For space station launches they launch to the east (also takes maximum advantage of the earths spin) .

Note that the internet tv, especially during a launch when there is a heavy load, there is a substantial delay which can be as much as 10 min. So if you want to see the launch listen to the radio or watch on tv to see the live launch time or take note of the exact minute of launch.

 

Florida's David Hayden makes it on .NET Rocks!

Check out David Hayden from Sarasota on DotNetRocks.

http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=262

And anyone not listening and watching .NET Rocks, RunAsRadio, Hanselminutes and DNRTV are really missing a great way to keep up with the Microsoft and .NET world while exercising, driving or doing yard work!

Carl Franklin, long time Microsoft Developer, Trainer and Regional Director runs Pwop Productions if you want to start your own pod cast.

One thing that sets these podcasts apart is the audio quality... listen to another pod cast and then one of these, you will typically notice a BIG difference.

 

The Guy From Boston T-Shirts!

At last, official "The Guy From Boston T-Shirts". I like the "Got Balls"!

http://www.theguyfromboston.com/merchandise.asp

Be sure to check out the weekly Wednesday Rants. You can also hear the Guy on WRKO in Boston and recently had an appearance on Sirus Satellite Radio.