Put to the Test: Orion Service Module

Blasted with sound, shaken for hours and pyro detonated, the Orion Service Module Completes Ground Tests at our Glenn Research Center

We recently completed a structural integrity evaluation on the test version of the Orion service module at our Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Designed to ensure the module can withstand launch atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the battery of tests was conducted in stages over a 16-month period.

The 13-ton European service module will power, propel and cool Orion, while supplying vital oxygen and water to its crew during future missions.

The Powerhouse: Space Launch System and Orion

Our Space Launch System is an advanced launch vehicle that will usher in a new era of human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. SLS, with its unparalleled power and capabilities, will launch missions to explore deep-space destinations aboard our Orion spacecraft.

What is Orion? Named after one of the largest constellations in the night sky and drawing from more than 50 years of spaceflight research and development, the Orion spacecraft will be the safest, most advanced spacecraft ever built. It will be flexible and capable enough to take astronauts to a variety of deep destinations, including Mars.

Welcome to the Buckeye State

In November 2015, the full-sized test version of the Orion service module arrived at Cleveland Hopkins Airport aboard an Antonov AN-124. After being unloaded from one of the world’s largest transport aircraft, the module was shipped more than 50 miles by truck to Plum Brook for testing.

Spread Your Wings

The first step of the service module’s ground test journey at Plum Brook’s Space Power Facility, saw one of its 24-foot solar array wings deployed to verify operation of the power system. The test confirmed the array extended and locked into place, and all of the wing mechanisms functioned properly.

Can You Hear SLS Now?

The SLS will produce a tremendous amount of noise as it launches and climbs through our atmosphere. In fact, we’re projecting the rocket could produce up to 180 decibels, which is louder than 20 jet engines operating at the same time.

While at the Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility, the service module was hit with more than 150 decibels and 20-10,000 hertz of sound pressure. Microphones were placed inside the test environment to confirm it matched the expected acoustic environment during launch.

After being blasted by sound, it was time to rock the service module, literally.

Shake Without the Bake 

Launching atop the most powerful rocket ever built – we’re talking more than eight million pounds of thrust – will subject Orion to stresses never before experienced in spaceflight.

To ensure the launch doesn’t damage any vital equipment, the engineering team utilized the world’s most powerful vibration table to perform nearly 100 different tests, ranging from 2.5 Hz to 100 Hz, on the module in the summer of 2016. 

Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated

The team then moved the Orion test article from the vibration table into the high bay for pyroshock tests, which simulated the shock the service module will experience as it separates from the SLS during launch.

Following the sound, vibration and separation tests, a second solar array wing deployment was conducted to ensure the wing continued to properly unfurl and function.

Headed South for the Summer

The ground test phase was another crucial step toward the eventual launch of Exploration Mission-1, as it validated extensive design prep and computer modeling, and verified the spacecraft met our safety and flight requirements.

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any good recs for pregnancy fics? Maybe some with smut and some without? Thanks!

Here are some fics like that!

Also check out our pregnancy tag and the pregnancy+smut tag! 

Anonymous said: ‘What’s your favorite cannon verse smut fics? Or canon verse future fics? ☺’

We don’t really like to do our favorites, but you can find a good bunch of them here!

Anonymous said: ‘Do you have any celebrity AUs with smut that you could recommend?’

Anonymous said: ‘guys helppp!! I can’t find a fic where clarke and bellamy are separated for 10 years and they um communicate through a screen or smth(?)’

Can anyone help us out with this one?
New Zealand river first in the world to be given legal human status - BBC News
The Whanganui River, revered by the Maori, is the first in the world to be seen as a living entity.

This is great news for conservationists world wide, and provides and example for hope for the future of our ecosystems across the globe!

Way to Go New Zealand!

Hey, here’s a message to all you people out there studying stuff in the humanities like English or history or art or film or theater or any of subjects that are often ridiculed or devalued because they’re not STEM or a professional degree: keep doing what you’re doing. Keep studying that subject that you really love because the world needs people like you. It needs people who will give us art and music and theater. It needs people who will study our past to better prepare for the future. It needs people who look deeply at human creations and who understand what it means to be human. And it also needs people who love what they study and continue to do so despite the challenges brought on by people who don’t get it. We need that passion to stay so that the creative expressions of then and now aren’t lost. Please keep studying the arts and humanities as long as you can. Don’t let discouragement that you’re not in a STEM field stop you from studying and loving what you do.

One day, one rhyme- Day 1178

The grass was warm under our feet
The day I last saw you.
The sun was high, the clouds were neat,
And fortunes smile we knew.
We talked of the places we’d been,
And where we’d yet to go
We painted our bright future scene
With optimistic glow.
We said farewell, with waving hands
Parted across sea foam.
We blazed our trails to distant lands
And forgot our way home
But I still think of you sometimes,
And wonder how you are
And if you’re still in sunny climes,
Looking down from a star.

30 Life for 1v1 Commander

The Modern Masters 2017 Edition deployment today contained a change which moved the starting life total from 40 to 30 for 1v1 Commander games.  (Games with 3 or 4 players remain at a starting life total of 40.)

We have plans to introduce more support for 1v1 Commander.  As part of this, R&D determined that format is better off with a starting life total of 30. At one point we had planned to introduce this change as well as league support and a modified banned list today, but later decided to instead introduce it during Amonkhet season.

Unfortunately, in this process the life total change did not get taken out of this build, and so today it is live. Now that it is live, since it is a change we were planning on making anyway in the future, our intent is to simply leave it in place.

Stay tuned for an article about what support we plan to offer for 1v1 Commander leagues moving forward!

- Lee

chadeatspastaforbreakfast  asked:

I have a question about where Worldview takes place. Is it a separate world entirely or a future version of our world? or something else? I just saw the ask about Papyrus and Zig mentioned the "paper the ancient Egyptians used" so does that mean Egypt a place in the worldview setting? I'm probably just looking waaay too deeply into things but i thought I'd ask (maybe i missed a post where you mentioned where worldview takes place...?)

(Probably something similarly based off our world but it DEFINITELY has a MUCH different and MUCH more diverse history - especially since this world holds so much MAGIC in it. I not just any world can sustain magic skeletons, cat girls, sorceresses, actual NINJAS and whow whoever or whatever ELSE could be running around in this - whatever it is I’ve started to create. xD THAT being said, I would take aLOT of this early stuff with a grain of salt, and as time develops and my ideas take more solid form, I’ll have a better idea of what to note as canon or what to note for development - etc.)

anonymous asked:

There used to be a picture of the classic Captain America binder next to the Commander Rogers Captain America binder, now I only see the Comander Rogers one. Can I see a picture of the classic Captain America chest binder? I remember it being mainly blue

Sure! For future reference, all our superhero binders can be found in their tagged gallery.

Sometimes the blue is darker, too! That one just depends on luck of the draw.

bryan’s bf was kind enough to cat sit for us while we were in new orleans. bryan married my soulmate @zombee​ to their sweatheart while i sobbed joy tears.

to thank his bf, i bought us three slices of cheesecake factory for dessert after our regular monday night dinner. i gave maddow some wet food, so she wouldn’t beg while the three of us stood in the kitchen. we each got a fork and ate bites of each others’ cheesecake while bryan and i told him of our NOLA antics.

this is our future. this is our present. and life is so delightfully queer.

Sacrifices to the future

We seem to have replaced the ideas of responsible community membership, of cultural survival, and even of usefulness, with the idea of professionalism. Professional education proceeds according to ideas of professional competence and according to professional standards, and this explains the decline in education from ideals of service and good work, citizenship and membership, to mere “job training” or “career preparation.” The context of professionalism is not a place or a community but a career, and this explains the phenomenon of “social mobility” and all the evils that proceed from it. The religion of professionalism is progress, and this means that, in spite of its vocal bias in favor of practicality and realism, professionalism forsakes both past and present in favor of the future, which is never present or practical or real. Professionalism is always offering up the past and the present as sacrifices to the future, in which all our problems will be solved and our tears wiped away—and which, being the future, never arrives…. The future is not anticipated or provided for, but is only bought or sold. The present is ever diminished by this buying and selling of shares in the future that rightfully are owned by the unborn.

Wendell Berry
Life is a Miracle

a right-winger on Twitter

“bruh, we must deadass finna to secure the existence of our people and a highkey future for our white children my mans”


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“Every player feels the same pride about the fact that they’re going to be on the court, no matter whether they’re some genius or just a regular guy.”

Merry Christmas @yuri-o!!! From your Secret Santa (◠︿◠✿)


                                there’s only one thing we all know for certain and that is …

Blue Lei

Pfew that was some work on these tattoos, i gotta tell ya! Based on @cartoonjessie ‘s fanfic “Our future together”. Also first hooked wayfinder drawing, yeaaaay!

Please do not use or repost without permission! :)

Just gals being pals 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩⛸✨