Saturday 14 October 2017

Giant Levitating Lipstick - Britain Launches Prospero Satellite

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Given the present interest being shown by small countries in having space capability, it is incredible that the United Kingdom chose to axe our own launch system in 1971. The totally successful launch of the all-British Prospero satellite and Black Arrow rocket heralded the crest of a slump. We started using American hardware after launching the lipstick, below.

28 October 1971 - Black Arrow R3 clears the pad at Woomera, Australia.

Note the complete lack of nasty smoke. The first stage is powered by the Gamma-8 rocket engine, consisting of eight motors, drinking high-test hydrogen peroxide and paraffin.

"They asked me how I knew, it was esso-blue. I of course replied, with lower grades you buy, smoke gets in your eye."

The first stage crashed into Australia, where it still remains -

The Prospero satellite, being tested below, is still orbiting the Earth every 103 minutes.

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"Hodges emitted a scream the like of which
I hadn't heard since his scrotum was burned off
during my experiment with fluorine gas last year."

The Exotic Experimentation of Ernest Glitch,
Victorian Science with a Smile

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Unrelated to this post, below is an example of
eclectic science esoterica 

High voltage laboratory at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, Washington DC, USA, in 1948. The caption of the image in the source is: "A special 6-story laboratory at the Bureau houses a 1,400,000 volt x-ray generator (rear) and a 1,050,000 volt cascade transformer (foreground). The latter is used for testing and calibrating commercial power equipment as well as for producing simulated lightning, used in investigating protective measures in installations and aircraft." The cascade transformer is shown in operation, producing a long electric spark. The luminous glow visible on the wires carrying the high voltage is called corona discharge, and is caused by electricity leaking into the air. The cascade transformer in the black column (right) that generates the high voltage consists of several transformers connected in cascade, with each successive transformer at the secondary potential of the previous one, so no single transformer winding will have to withstand the full output voltage.

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