Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's Only a Model

So, I've been interested for a while now in Bigelow Aerospace's TransHab-derived module designs. The concept of a module that it is compact when it needs to be at launch, yet larger when its internal volume is put to use in orbit. The solution is elegant in a way that I really like, and so I've been following their designs with great interest. However, nobody is perfect, and they seem to have messed something up in the display model they had at the International Symposium on Personal and Commercial Spaceflight 2010. Specifically, their model seems to be representing something different than what they said it did.

Does this really show a 100-ton 2100 cubic meter module?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Some Real Engineering

So, I've been pretty busy the last few weeks, notably with another checkpoint on my now-70-page (!) portfolio for Intro to Flight. So I haven't had much time to write. However, I've been thinking about the title of this blog (Engineer in Progress) and thought I might talk some about the actual engineering that I have, you know, in progress.