Sunday, 20 December 2020

to the Edge of Space and Beyond

 Edge Space Research Interest. 

I have never explained the name behind the blog, so I thought that I would now. 

I would like before I die to get an Object to the Edge of Space.

So far the highest rocket I have launched reached about 4,000 feet, as part of my rocketry level 1 certification, so I have a fair way to go.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Where is Starman Now ?

Where is Starman and Falcon Heavy now ?

It was hard to find where Starman was so here is the best link I have found so far - this is a simulations and is not live, as there is no power left onboard, all the batteries have been used and there is no Solar Panels. So it is not easy to actively track it - hence the simulation.

Starman is designated number 2018-017A. 

Click HERE to go to a Simulator that shows Where Starman is.

Starman is the Green orbit, on the left you can turn Names on, which makes it easier to see where it is.

This image below, shows where Starman will be May 1, 2018, Midday Australia (EAST), which highlights how close starman goes to Mars (which was the original intention was for it to orbit Mars, but now it will orbit the Sun, as it missed the gravity well of Mars.

Where is Starman
Starman location May 1, 2018

Click here for a larger image of the orbit of Starman.

Starman's last image
Starman's last image, before the battery went flat. 

It is exciting to see a Race in Space starting again, as I missed the last one, I look forward to the other exciting things that Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin).

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Blue origin made it to the Edge of Space today

Congratulations Blue Origin, on making it to the edge of space and returning to earth, in a controlled manner.

The Edge of Space is an arbitrary number, that has been classified as 100 kilometers high, Blue origins ship New Shepard reached a height of 100.5 km.

 The really interesting part of the video for me starts at around 1:52 where you can see the gimbals on the rocket, trying to stableize the trajectory and slow the rocket down,

This is different from what SpaceX is trying to do, they are going about twice as high, with a rocket that is designed to put satellites into orbit, so its longer and thinner, it travels at about twice the speed. But it is still an impressive feat that Blue origin did today.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

GIS Day 2015

Its that time of year again, where the Jacarandas have started to flower and GIS Day is nearly upon us.

GIS Day is a Free technology event held all over the world, the Brisbane day is one of the largest events. GIS Day is organised by GISPeople


Wednesday 18th November 2015


Royal on The Park Hotel,
152 Alice Street, Brisbane CBD


GIS Day is always a fun day with lots of interesting technology on display, there was over 2, 000 people attended last year, A good chance to network with your fellow spatial enthusiasts.

More information

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

GO2Asset at Brisbane GIS DAY 2014

GIS DAY 2014 Brisbane

GIS Day 2014 Brisbane

I attended the GIS DAY 2013 as an Exhibitor and will be attending this year as an exhibitor again. For 2013, I was exhibiting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's), this year we will be exhibiting Go2Asset next version of our Permit to Work software. 


Wednesday 19th November 
9am – 4pm, drop in.


Queensland University of Technology
Gardens Point Campus
Brisbane CBD


See UAV demonstrations
Learn all about Satellites
Win high tech prizes
Try Google Glass

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

A Northern Adventure

After 20 years in Brisbane, we have decided to move North, on our Northern adventure, most likely to Cairns. We spent several months in Cairns as part of our honeymoon and fell in love with the place and finally we have decided that now is the time to move there. We are not sure what part of Cairns, or if we will settle in Cairns. We are thinking about moving to a small acreage or something with a bit of space, so that I can continue to fly drones and solar balloons close to home. 

We will be simplifying our lifestyle, as I am considering undertaking my PhD, which is a big step, so we will see what happens. I will still be working during this time as well.

We are selling our lovely house where we have had many good times, and many friends have been around for visits, we will miss our fantastic neighbors, and having such a nice large park behind us, but being on acreage should give us that familiar feeling of space that we are used to here.

Home Sweet Home