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As our listeners know, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory are big supporters of the privatization of space.  We are confident that commercial enterprises, working with NASA, will bring us closer to being a space faring civilization.   A lot of positive actions have been taken lately that make that goal seem ever so likely.  Unfortunately this week has marked not one but two setbacks for the commercial space program.

First, Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which was carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, exploded about six seconds after launch. Second, One test pilot died and another was injured when Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo was lost.Details are still coming in as to what exactly happened in each instance.  At present, Virgin has stated that  the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo”.

While we here at Doctor Geek’s Laboratory take a moment to honor the life lost, we are reminded that spaceflight is an ultrahazardous activity, that all the pioneers of private space flight take countless risks in trying to expand man’s reach in this universe.  We salute them all and understand risk is their business.

As part of the recent Doctor Geek’s Science Fair, students participated in our inaugural Applied Geekdom Completion.  One of these “Geek Games” was titled – Design Your Own Comic Book.  The winning entry in the costume design category was The Masked Manatee by 6 year old Nathaniel Victor.

We were so proud of Nathaniel’s comic that we decided to bring it to life as a segment on the next episode of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom.

 

 

   The segment was so much fun to create and it turned out so well, that we decided to create a Doctor Geek’s Moment of Science in tribute to The Masked Manatee.  Enjoy this tidbit as we work to bring you the next full length episode of our show.

 

 

 

 The quest for the flying car has presented many hurtles.  How do you design a plane that can seamlessly interact with the highways as easily as it travels the sky? A Slovakian firm believes it has the solution. The AeroMobilcan fly 430 miles on a tank of regular gasoline  and when its wings fold down, it’ll fit into a normal parking space. Aeromobil is a ‘flying car’ that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes.

 

The latest version is the third generation of the craft.Tatiana Veber, an AeroMobil spokesman said: ‘We have been developing the concept of a flying car since 1990. ‘Our first model looked quite bizarre and it would have problems in the regular use. ‘That was a signal to improve the concept of the flying car in a way to become an integral part of the regular road traffic. ‘We got a positive feedback from several experts in avionics, which appreciated design and the technical solution of the process of transformation. ‘The car is constructed to be fuelled at regular gas stations using the fuel for Rotax 912 ULS engine.’

The South Florida Museum Presents: Doctor Geek’s Science Fair

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM – 7PM  $10 general admission day of the event.  Limited number of VIP tickets available

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Come experience man’s technology of past, present and future! A unique blend of science and fiction, this event combines a classic sci-fi convention with a science fair. Travel back in time in H.G. Wells’ Time Machine to explore technology of the past, then tour the futuristic technology with exhibitors such as

NASA,

USF Volcanology,

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation,

USF Special Collections Library,

Local Starfleet Chapter the USS Venus,

 the Ghostbusters of Winter Haven 

and D&B Comics.

 

The Geek Games*

The inaugural Applied Geekdom competition, “The Geek Games” is open this year to students ages 6-16.

*All students must pay the $10 general admission ticket to enter OR be members of the museum for FREE admission to the event. To pre-register for one or all of the individual games, or for more information please call Samantha Sprague: 941-746-4131941-746-4131, ext. 31. 

*Spaces are limited. Please register early to ensure participation.