Rocket science isn’t easy. Rockets are basically complex systems of other complex systems that all have to work together perfectly. Also, they’re highly explosive. So creating a brand new rocket can take a while. It’s careful and methodical work.
SLS was funded starting in late 2010 and it’s first uncrewed test flight called Artemis 1, as of this writing, is scheduled to launch in late 2020. A lot of smart people will argue about why it took so long and who is at fault. But a lot of that time is simply due to the fact that rocket science isn’t easy.
Since it’s arrival, we’ve performed and practiced several different types of operations with this Iron Rocket inside the giant Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). These pretty awesome 360 degree videos show us lifting it up inside the VAB and then lowering it down into its resting place on the mobile launcher. Unless you’re watching these videos with a Virtual Reality rig, just click and drag your mouse to change the point of view! It feels like you are right there inside the VAB with the workers!
I created this short teaser video to introduce you to my Unisonic PONG Console that I played with when I was 7 years old. It still works great!
And if that short 4 minute teaser left you wanting more, then you’re in luck! You can also watch a 19 minute detailed walk-through version where I spend time giving the history of Pong clones and my teenagers also help me play all of the games on my Unisonic Tournament 2000!
And if that short 1.5 minute teaser left you wanting more, then you’re in luck! You can also watch a 23 minute detailed walk-through version where I spend time explaining and playing each of the 6 games!
Here’s the classic Merlin commercial from 1978! If you were alive then, you will surely remember it! Good luck getting this ear-worm of a jingle out of your head!
“Merlin is a computer with personality! Plays 6 different games! Talks with 20 sounds!” I love the marketing creativity!
And here is commercial number 2 from 1980! They used the same ear-worm of a jingle with different lyrics.
The people in this video are opening Christmas presents probably in the 1940s or 1950s! Do you know these people? Are they your relatives?
We bought this old 8mm film at an antique flea market in Central Florida recently. I thought it would be fun to publish the video online just to see if anyone noticed their relatives in there. Feel free to share this video!
Click the Email Us link at the bottom of this website or add a comment below and tell me if you think you may know who this old 8mm film belongs to!
In recent years, I’ve been able to do a bit of public speaking for NASA. Several of my talks or speaking events have been recorded and published online. They are all different lengths. They are all about different topics. And they are all meant for different audience types and audience ages.
The list below should help organize the chaos and help you find the talk or presentation that’s right for you!
Kurt talks about NASA’s history of robotic exploration of Mars and also explains why we will need to find and use local resources on Mars along with different robotic technologies that exist to perform those tasks. Kurt then answers questions from the online audience.
Kurt talks about the NASA Swarmies which are a group of small and inexpensive robots modeled after ants that might be useful some day in the future for finding resources on Mars. Kurt then answers questions from the online audience.
Kurt talks about FIRST Robotics, science fiction, how the students of today will be the NASA Engineers of tomorrow, NASA’s plans for going back to the moon and then for living off the land on Mars, and how to apply for a NASA internship.
Kurt gives a futuristic story based keynote that describes technologies that will be needed before we can send humans to live and work on Mars. And NASA is working on many of these technologies right now! This is a new and improved version of the below We Are The Explorers keynote.
Kurt compares the early pioneers to modern space explorers while also describing technologies that will be needed before we can send humans to live and work on Mars. And NASA is working on many of these technologies right now!
Kurt talks about the Swarmie robot project along with software technologies and techniques used on the project. He also goes into various challenges and solutions that were encountered by the development team.