History of the Delta Launch Vehicle

Delta launch

In 1960, a young NASA launched the first of twelve spacecraft on a small, general-purpose rocket called Delta. Cobbled together from the tested pieces of other, less dependable rockets, Delta was intended as a stopgap until more powerful vehicles could be developed.

Over fifty years, dozens of upgrades, and more than 300 successes later, the Delta expendable launch vehicle remains the “magnificent little workhorse” of space. The satellites and space probes it has launched have revolutionized several industries and expanded the boundaries of science, and Delta II has set a high standard for launch vehicle reliability — its record currently stands at 93 consecutive successes.

This site, the basis for a chapter in the NASA History Office book To Reach the High Frontier, provides:

The latest Delta-related news:

JPSS-1
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:00 CST

Today has seen the second scrubbed launch attempt for NOAA’s JPSS-1 Earth environmental observer. Tuesday’s early-morning attempt was scrubbed moments after coming out of the T-minus 4 minutes hold due to an anomalous voltage reading during first stage engine slew checks, along with boats in the offshore exclusion area. Today, upper level winds (in excess of 100 knots) were above acceptable limits. ULA is working a 24-hour turnaround but from the main loop discussion leading up to the second scrub it sounds like the upper level winds will continue to be out of limits for at least the next 48 hours.

Google Maps Hacks

Car 55
It's a hundred and six miles to...
Chicago Filming Locations of The Blues Brothers
The Buildings of Louis H. Sullivan – a complete listing, or as complete as possible given the data (and buildings) lost to destruction.
Chicago's Tied Houses – saloons built before Prohibition and owned by breweries as marketing tools, back when such things were allowed.
Historic sites of East Lansing and MSU – structures on the National and State Registers, and others of local significance.
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A Brief History of East Lansing, Michigan

City Neighborhoods and the Campus Park, 1850–1925

When Michigan governor Kinsley S. Bingham signed Act 130 into law in 1855, establishing the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, he helped to ignite a spark that continues today as a bright torch of higher education.

The location chosen “for the teaching of scientific agriculture” was an undeveloped area of oak groves and tamarack swamps a few miles east of the state capitol in Lansing. Years of hard work — in both student labor and the political struggles of keeping the school intact — transformed the land into a splendid college campus. Soon, an adjacent college town arose and was chartered as the City of East Lansing.

Today, Michigan State University is the eighth-largest university in the United States by enrollment. East Lansing’s population numbers over 45,000, and it has expanded its role from mere faculty and student housing to become a cultural nexus for the mid-Michigan area.

This site comprises two separate but interconnected histories: a chronology of MSU’s early years, and a compendium of East Lansing’s significant structures, as determined by the city Historical Commission some thirty years ago.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

This book is a modern American classic and a masterpiece of pure genius.

The last time I visited New Orleans I found myself unable to avoid Toole’s impact on the city, and wound up with a strong desire to re-read his work and writing a strange, digressive, stream-of-consciousness book report that has very little to do with the novel itself.

More book reviews to come from the armchair.

Recent updates to kevinforsyth.net:

11-Nov-17 A new article on the Reorganization of 1861 that saved the Michigan Agricultural College from an early demise.

30-May-17 Expansions and corrections to the James G. Hays House including biographical information and an oblique connection to M.A.C.’s most famous cow.

16-Feb-17 Updates to Oakwood regarding a major redevelopment project. Among the buildings facing the wrecking ball is the Justice Potter house, a “significant structure.”

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Comics by K. Beaton. Because history is very serious.