Category Archives: Space

What Happened to the “Green Propellant” LMP-103

Way back in January 2013, we asked the question,”How dangerous are the Green Propellants?”. Of course at that time, one of the propellents that was “hot” was LMP-103, but what has happened to 103???. If anyone knows, please fill me … Continue reading

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A Crisis in the UK Science Profession

. . If you work in science in the UK, or if you are thinking about a career in Science, then checkout the report “Careering Out of Control: A Crisis in the UK Science Profession?”, produced by the “Science is … Continue reading

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“British” Bloodhound Project Goes Norwegian

It is a very sad end to the year to learn that the Bloodhound 1000mph Car project is abandoning its in-house effort to develop the rocket engine they need and go instead to the Norwegian company ‘Nammo’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25426419 The BBC … Continue reading

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Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency in the UK?

Vitamin D is essential in a number of biochemical roles in the human body, perhaps the best known is that of being involved in the process in which calcium in taken up for growth and maintenance of bone structure. Vit.D … Continue reading

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Gene Kranz – 80th Birthday, August 17th

According to Wikipedia, Gene Kranz will be 80 years old on 17th August this year. If you don’t know who Kranz is, then you are seriously under-informed. Perhaps the best description of Kranz is that he is a “steely-eyed missile … Continue reading

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How dangerous are the “Green Propellants”?

Some time ago we attempted to address the question “How Dangerous are the Hydrazine Fuels” and so it is interesting to consider the same question for the “Green Propellants”. I don’t know if there is any generally accepted definition of … Continue reading

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Has ‘Curiosity’ Done for Manned Spacefight?

Many of us are astonished, but pleasantly so, that the Mars Lander ‘Curiosity’ made it to the surface of Mars with its quite novel landing system, making what appears to have been a perfect and near pin-point landing. Those of … Continue reading

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Image of the Year

There will, no doubt, be many photographs of events taken during the Olympic games which may be considered as ‘Image of the Year’. Personally,  I won’t be voting for any of those, but this picture, obtained from the Hubble Space … Continue reading

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UK Health & Safety Exec to charge businesses for breaking Safety Laws

Starting in October 2012, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be able to claim “expenses” for its time spent dealing with businesses which are found to be in breach of the UK Safety Laws. This will include time … Continue reading

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How Dangerous are the Hydrazine Fuels?

Just how dangerous are the Hydrazine Fuels? The hydrazine fuels (anhydrous hydrazine and mono-methylhydrazine MMH) are currently going through close scrutiny in Europe because of the new ‘REACH’ legislation. Consequently, the question of their toxicity is a hot subject. Having … Continue reading

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