Month: April 2019

SPACEX Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A – Behind the Scenes

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Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A by Chuck Fields
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Go behind the scenes with us as we set up cameras at the launch pad, met some incredible people and witnessed the first commercial launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy, complete with the incredible landing of the boosters at Cape Canaveral.

Featured in this episode are interviews with Everyday Astronaut Tim Dodd, rocket launch photographer Erik Kuna, and STEM/teacher Jamie Groh. We discuss what it's like photographing this historic launch; the first commercial flight of the new Block 5 Falcon Heavy, with more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff (10% more than last year’s version) and a 140,000+ pounds of LEO payload capacity—more than double of the space shuttle.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A to launch Wednesday, April 10th

SpaceX Falcon Heavy
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Boosters (from Feb 6, 2018)

SpaceX is gearing up for its 2nd Falcon Heavy launch, scheduled for 6:35 pm EDT Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

As you may remember the first Falcon Heavy was launched last year on February 6, 2018 with the infamous “Starman” and Elon Musk's own Tesla. Two of the Falcon Heavy's boosters landed nearly simultaneously at Cape Canaveral while the main booster landing at sea (on SpaceX's ship “Of Course I Still Love You”) was unsuccessful.

So what's different this time? This is the first commercial launch of Falcon Heavy and not a demonstration mission. Its payload is the Arabsat 6A communications satellite for Saudi Arabian company Arabsat. This new satellite will be launched into a geostationary orbit (meaning it will be above the same location on Earth during its orbit) and provide television, phone, internet and secure communications for the middle east, Africa and Europe.

While still the most powerful active rocket available, this version of the Falcon Heavy will be 10% more powerful than last year's. Its 27 Merlin engines and Block 5 configuration create more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and are capable of lifting more than 140,000 pounds to low Earth orbit. Only the Saturn V moon rocket (last launched in 1973) could carry more payload to orbit.

As of right now (4/9/2019), weather conditions are 80% favorable for launch. You can watch the launch live on SpaceX's YouTube channel. We'll also be providing updates on our social media networks at FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter.

THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, a new Christian Animated film – Interview with director Robert Fernandez

Robert Fernandez, an award-winning writer, producer and director, joins us to discuss his latest movie, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, an animated classic that will be shown nationwide exclusively on April 18th and 20th 2019. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is based on one of the most popular books of all time by John Bunyan, a pastor who was imprisoned for sharing his faith. This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

About the movie:

The epic tale of a pilgrim and his burden, based on John Bunyan’s masterpiece. Christian begins a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as the ultimate enemy tries everything in his power to distract him from his destination.  One of the most popular books of all time is brought to life for the first time to theaters as a feature length, CGI animated movie.

About Robert Fernandez

Robert Fernandez is a multi-award winning writer, producer, and director that has been recognized for his work in all three branches of production internationally. His experience spans over 30 years and his work has been translated and dubbed into multiple languages and distributed around the global. He is the writer and producer of several series such as “The Torchlighters”, “Brother Francis,” and “The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar” and the recently released animated trilogy of the Gospel and Acts: “God With Us,” “The Messengers,” and “To Every Nation.”  Robert is the writer and creator behind the current production of THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS which brings new elements of storytelling into the book that John Bunyan penned 340 years ago.

Why now:

This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

For more information, https://www.pilgrims.movie



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MOON to MARS – Behind the Scenes at NASA Glenn Research Center

MOON to Mars event at NASA Glenn Research Center

America is going back to the Moon! Go behind the scenes of the NASA Glenn Research Center as we go onsite to speak with the incredible team members and discover some of the cutting-edge technology that will help send American’s back to the Moon and then to Mars and beyond.

In this episode we recap our recent visit to the Moon To Mars event which was held in March by various NASA facilities throughout the U.S. For our trip to NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio, we highlight some of the highly-skilled team members and discuss the incredible technologies that NASA is developing at this facility to get back to the Moon. Topics include GVIS (Graphics & Visualization Lab), ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilization), advanced power systems and electric propulsion.

For more information on the Moon To Mars program, visit:

http://nasa.gov/moontomars

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