Games

KSP has tutorials now!

I noticed that Kerbal Space Program recently added another Easter egg to the Mun, which was enough reason for me to fire up the game again. (It was given away for free on Epicgames recently, so you probably have it!) I had to reinstall it as it wouldn’t launch with […]

Science

The Orion Launch

The Orion test vehicle launched this morning without a hitch on top of a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. If you’re wondering what the test is about, or what all the fuss is about, watch this video by Scott Manley as he recreates the test in […]

Games

I watched the World Cup too

Many might be surprised to hear that I watched the World Cup. You see, Bob Kerman left his cup of tea in his command module because in the vacuum of space the tea would boil off. Unfortunately for Bob his command module isn’t pressurized to sea level pressure so his […]

Games

Dessert Anyone?

You know how it is, you’ve flown to Minmus in a tiny cramped rocket and by the time you return home the engine is running in vapours. There was a promise of dessert when I landed but all I got was sand and a mocking cactus in the distance. — […]

Games

Kerbal Space Program: The Minmus Space Station

Just over a year ago I docked two space ships in Kerbal Space Program for the first time. It was extremely difficult. The first time you do it it’s like balancing a full cup of tea on a 1m pole while cycling down the road on a unicycle. With the […]

Games

To the Mun and back: Kerbal Space Program

There’s a great interview with Squad, makers of Kerbal Space Program on Polygon. I had no idea the company was and still is a marketing company but it’s great to hear more about their plans to work with NASA. Now, if only docking two ships was easier I could rescue […]

Games

Bring ’em back alive!

This was to be an oh so glorious rescue. I built the rover described here, with some modifications of my own: Larger fuel tank, extra rockets. I tested it on Kerbin. It was able to land without parachutes from 4,000m. Everything was perfect for the rescue of two would-be-rescuers from […]

Games

The Snow is cold on Duna

Dondorf Kerman is the first Kerbal on Duna and he was busy. Unfortunately he totally misjudged how thick the atmosphere was and broke three landing gear struts and two of his engines! Luckily he was able to repair the landing gear but he wouldn’t be going home. Meanwhile Huddun Kerman […]

Games

I hated Gravity until I saw this

The movie Gravity came out in Ireland about a month after it opened in the US so I desperately avoided any references to it until I saw it in 3D a few weeks ago. Some bits of it were really good, the 3D effect of things blowing up were spectacular […]

Games

It’s fun on Minmus

Minmus is a tiny moon orbiting Kerbin in the game Kerbal Space Program. There’s a closer moon, Mun, that I’ve visited in the past but this was my first time getting to Minmus. This moon is so small it has a tiny gravity. A Kerbonaut can jump 10 metres with […]