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.

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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

Friday, 11 October 2013

Interesting event I will be going to in November - GIS DAY 20th November 2013

I had a very interesting conversation with Igor from GIS People about Drones and GIS the other day, it is always good to catch up with people from varying industries and to see their thoughts on Drones and what and where they can be used.

GIS Day Australia 2013
Igor told me about GIS DAY 2013, which is being held on November 20, 2013 at
The Riverside Centre, 
123 Eagle St, 
Brisbane CBD.

If you are interested in attending click here and sign up I hope to see many people there for the day.

I will be there, with a friend of mine Ash and we will be talking Drones, Quad-Copters, Octo-copters and how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) can be used to integrate with GIS and other systems. If you are just curious about what drones can do or how they work come and say Hi and have a look and touch a few. We will have several different types and level of drones from hobby level to professional level, such as this Octo-Copter.

Octo-Copter that will be on Display at GISDAY 2013 

I hope that I will run into several old friends there. If you see me there make sure and come up and say Hello :) to me.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Should we build the Enterprise

There is an idea, a concept that we should build a ship based around the star ship Enterprise, and that we should use that ship to explore our solar system. To me, there is no question that we must leave this Earth and explore. It is in our nature to wander what is around the next corner or over the next hill, we have been to all parts of this world and the time is now, to move on.

"Space is not the final frontier - it is our next frontier"

I think the idea of building a ship based around the most well know Starship, the Enterprise is a great idea, it is what piqued my interest into reading more about it at I was expecting it to be a vague idea, but the person has put a fair bit of thought and research into this proposal. BTE Dan, is not suggesting that we build it right now, what he is suggesting that a feasibility study be undertaken to determine if it is indeed possible, with the current levels of technology that we have available to us today.

Build the Enterprise explanation diagram
The 2020 Model of the Star Ship Enterprise Source 

At first I thought the idea of basing a modern star ship on TV series from 1966 was stupid, and then I realized that the reason I was reading the article was because of the name Enterprise and the association with Star Trek. I then realized that the man on the street isn't interested in thrust from rocket engines, or toilet systems of space ships, they need an idea that they can get behind, this may be that idea.

The American government over 40 years ago, with what could now be considered primitive computer power was able to launch a vehicle from earth, land on the moon and return safely, considering how far we have come with computing power and other technologies, we are ready to begin on a ship of this scale, it won't be easy, but nothing great comes easy.

I know this ship will never be built, or at least not that I will ever see. But I am excited by what is happening in the civilian space industry, and am hopeful that the idea of the Build the Enterprise will start more discussion and will get us one step closer to moving into space.


Virgin Galactic Enterprise coming in to landManned flight to 100 km for a few minutes of weightless and then back to earth. Backed by Billionaire Richard Branson. The first commercial space flight is expected to start this year, the first passengers will be Richard, and two of his children. Each trip will cost about USD $200,000 or you can buy all 5 available seats and take your mates for a million dollars.

This will be the first space tourism company and currently has over 500 people paid up and booked ready to go to space. Interestingly this craft will not be approved to fly by the government and passengers will fly under informed consent, basically this means they sign a bit of paper that says this is a risky venture and I understand the risk, and that  I am still willing to take this risk. This will not be like flying in an aircraft.


Space X Falcon 9 LaunchBacked by Billionaire Elon Musk, of Tesla Car Company. Has 50 launches planned with over 4 Billion dollars in contracts from NASA and other space agencies. Their Falcon 9 recently launched and re-supplied the International Space Station in orbit.

This is the commercial aspect of space travel, moving large loads of commercial equipment and supplies from the Earth to close orbit, similar to the private railways in America over one hundred years ago. Most (maybe all) of the SPACE X rockets are unmanned.

Copenhagen Suborbitals

Copenhagen Suborbitals sea based trial launch
Non profit, open source private space company run by Kristian vonBengtson to demonstrate that it can be done without the massive costs of other companies. This company is funded by donations from people like you and I.

I am probably most excited by this group as its open source, being done on a very limited budget of probably a few million where as the other two have budgets of Billions of dollars. I think any radical new space technologies are likely to come from here rather then the evolutionary nature of the other two, as they have the budgets to do things they way they are known of no, rather than having to come up with radical new break through solutions.