SpaceX Makes History: Launches and Lands Reuseable Rocket Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

May 2017

Elon Musk brings new meaning to the word irrepressible.SpaceX LIBW1

In early March the SpaceX founder and CEO stunned the spaceflight community by announcing the first joy ride into space. In 2018 he plans to launch one of his rockets to transport not astronauts, but two wealthy private citizens around the moon. The pair have already put down a “significant deposit” for the 300,000 mile trip that will take a week. This will be the first private company to take civilians beyond lower Earth orbit.

When Musk dreamed up the idea for his commercial space exploration company 15 years ago his core principle was to recycle flight-proven rockets, a strategy that would dramatically reduce the cost of space travel and make it more available for commercial audiences.

When a two-stage, 23-story tall Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 6:27 p.m. on March 30 from Complex 39a at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Musk's dream turned into reality. Originally flown in April 2015, the booster rocket returned nine minutes later settling softly on the bulls-eye of the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic 200 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

Touchdown. In both senses of the word.

Fresh and fabulous, Sebastian's seafood market Print E-mail

April 13, 2017

Sebastian's waterfront has a long and rich history of local fishermen. Bill Tiedge is doing his best to move it forward.Crab 4

Tiedge launched Crab E Bills Seafood Market in 2011 with a mission of consistently offering superior, sustainable seafood caught by local fishermen and divers. Tucked in the heart of the Sebastian waterfront, fishing boats bob at the docks, while sunlight shimmers off the Indian River. Soon after docking, a bounty of day-boat fish and seafood is delivered to the market's back door.

Housed in a building that has been a waterfront fixture for 90 years, Crab E Bills boasts a wooden beam ceiling, hardwood floors and quirky nautical displays. The gleaming front counter cases shows off a dazzling array of fresh-caught fish lying on pristine beds of ice. Plucked from the sea, the local catch is brought to the market usually within the span of a day or less.

The market prides itself in a wide selection such as snapper, hogfish, grouper, mahi, pompano, kingfish, and amberjack and yellow fin tuna that are teamed with fresh northern fish such as cod, haddock, halibut, and Scottish salmon. There are also succulent sea and bay scallops, oysters, petite spiny Florida lobsters and shrimp such as luscious Royal Reds and Key West Pinks.

FIT Spacesuit, key component of space tourism Print E-mail

 Melbourne Beachsider

March 23, 2017

Space tourism is coming. Faster than we imagined.Spacesuit 1

In late February Elon Musk announced the first joy ride into space is set to occur in 2018. The founder and CEO of SpaceX is planning to use one of his rockets to transport two paying customers around the moon. The individuals will be launched from historic Launch Pad 39 at the Kennedy Space Center on a Dragon 2 vehicle powered by SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

When space tourism shifts into high gear, research from Florida Institute of Technology aims to be on board in several critical ways. Last year the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA ) to develop standards keeping passengers and crew safe from the ground to zero G.

They are testing the space suit passengers will wear and developing a universal cockpit/flight deck especially for space tourism as well as working with the FAA on designing safety rules for commercial tourism spacecrafts.

In the spring of 2016 the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art purchased a functional spacesuit for $28,000 from Final Frontier Designs of Brooklyn, N.Y., for use in developing a universal cockpit specifically for space tourism. Florida Tech is one of just three universities nationwide that are testing the functionality of a spacesuit that the pilots and passengers will be wearing when they blast off and later make the journey back to earth.

Getting Your Blue Mind On Print E-mail

Melbourne Beachsider

March 30, 2017

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols is not your typical scientist. He talks about love and emotions.JNichols 1

You see his passion when he recalls a trip with one of his young daughters to a faraway island where the sky and water were blue and bright or when he speaks about lessons he learned from his late waterman father. Watch Nichols while he talks about his own experience with sea turtle conservation in Baja, Calif. and you see his eyes light up.

Recently Nichols gave a warm and engaging talk at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Vero Beach. He is the author of the 2014 national best-selling book "Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do."

Tall, trim and handsome, Nichols, 49, was dressed in a navy blue dress shirt untucked over jeans and boots. He shared the many ways in which water positively impacts our minds, bodies, overall health and sense of well-being. Showing how an ocean, or any natural body of water, can have a unique relationship with the human psyche.

Stone Crabs, Snook, Florida Seasonal Treats Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

March 2017

It's Florida's most iconic native food.Snook 2

Scores of restaurants have achieved legendary status by serving succulent stone crab claws. Sweet and tender, the meat resembles lobster in appearance and flavor, only with a richer taste. Eagerly anticipated, the annual harvest occurs from October 15 through May 15.

Stone crabs differ from blue crabs in that only the oversized claws are harvested. When a stone crab is caught, just a single claw may be removed. When returned to the water, the crab is still able defend itself from predators while a new claw is grown. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2¾ inches in length when measured from the elbow to the tip. Often only a minor twist toward the center of the crab will release the claw. Over its lifespan they can regenerate the claw three to four times.

Stone crabs can be found in holes along oyster reefs, rock jetties and shorelines lined with riprap, but the best spots are usually around bridges where the current is swift, and the bottom filled with rocks and broken concrete. Adult stone crabs feed on oysters, mussels, clams, other crustaceans and worms.

Some recreational fishers collect crabs by hand, using scuba or snorkel gear. In the commercial stone crab fishery, baited traps are put out in long lines of up to 100 in number where individuals traps are buoyed. They are generally checked every few days, and the bounty delivered directly to local markets and restaurants. Many fishermen even cook the claws on the boats to ensure optimal freshness.

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