Missed this over the weekend. The XPrize Lunar Lander Challenge is giving 1,000,000 buckaroos to the first team that can build a lunar lander that:
- make a round trip between two landing pads
- refuel at the 2nd landing pad
- hang in the air for at least 3 minutes during each leg of the round trip
- land on a pad that is littered with fake lunar boulders
Here is the first leg of flight #1 from Armadillo Aerospace
Since moving into my new job, my work desk is kinda boring. Part of the reason is that I am not sure what would constitute “appropriate” for a contractor at a government facility. But still, I really need to get some inspiration going in my workspace.
I saw this pic over on IO9.com today. I’d love to put this wee lil’ Cylon near my computer to let folks know my steez. Here are links to a few other desktop goodies I’d love to have. Anyone want to donate? I accept checks, money orders, cash, and will sign up for PayPal if you want to go that route.
Last week, I blogged about the ongoing development of exoskeletons which was inspired by mechas that were in a book about Mars that caught my eye because of the cover art (whew!). After writing that post, I thought I’d find the artist and drop him/her an email and let them know how badass I think their work is. It was a little hard to find, but I eventually found my way over to Kurt Miller’s KMI Studios site (note: Kurt also did the cover for The Last Centurion (image at left), which was a bangin read too). After browsing around his art gallery (his work is pretty prolific), I sent him some SMTP love. To my surprise, he wrote back and showed a lot of gratitude. Classy…
So this post is dedicated to those cover artists that help us to visualize the stories we love. Here are a few artists whose work was featured on some of my most recent reads:
- John Harris – Jack McDevitt’s “The Devil’s Eye”
- Chris Moore – Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space”
- Larry Rostant– S. M. Stirling’s “Dies The Fire”
- Yuko Shimizu – Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother”
- Peter Bollinger – Jack Campbell’s “The Lost Fleet”
- Tomer Hanuka – “The Darker Mask” Anthology
I’ve always wanted my pilot’s license. I’ve looked into pricing and talked to a few instructors. But the time commitment (and in 2008, the cost of gas), has put a damper on the plan. But after seeing the Icon A5, I might have to reconsider. The first production orders are due in 2010. Sign me up!
Via The Danger Room @ Wired