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NING price rises, we may have to move...

NING are doubling their prices, which makes this site unsustainable, (and frankly not good value).

We would like to relocate to a new home - if any of you reading this are aware of good alternatives, let us know and we will investigate!

It would also help if you let us know which features you value most here.

Nick

Added by Nick Stevens on November 14, 2016 at 8:20am — No Comments

Gagarin 4k

Some Russian friends are involved in making a documentary on the flight of Yuri Gagarin, at 4k resolution! Including IMAX format!



Here's the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Gagarin4K



They have access to the original footage (!) and have already scanned that at super high resolution - the detail is not that great in the original, but I guess it helps with the cleaning and restoration.



On Vimeo:…

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Added by Nick Stevens on April 19, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

New astronomical art on Twitter!

The IAAA have launched an astronomical art twitter account, which will focus on the most visual and artistic aspects of space science and astronomy.

@ArtOfAstronomy

I think that if you like this site, you will also find @ArtOfAstronomy enjoyable and interesting!…

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Added by Nick Stevens on March 10, 2015 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Book on the Soviet Manned Lunar Program

As many of you will know if you have been around here for a while, I have been working for many years on making high precision models of the hardware used in the Soviet manned lunar program in general, and the N-1 superbooster in particular.

These have been used in a book, and we are currently running a 'kickstarter' campaign to fund the print run:…

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Added by Nick Stevens on January 8, 2014 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Very nice extremely high res pilots eye view of inside a Soyuz http://www.videoaround.com/cockpit/capsule-soyouz-t-6.html Well worth expanding to full screen and panning around! Nick

Very nice extremely high res pilots eye view of inside a Soyuz

http://www.videoaround.com/cockpit/capsule-soyouz-t-6.html

Well worth expanding to full screen and panning around!

Nick

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Added by Nick Stevens on June 22, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Scammers sometimes active here

Please be aware that sometimes scammers sign up to this site - I spot 90%, but some get through. If you get a message more like something on a dating site,  it is NOT genuine. Please report to me, and I will act.

Added by Nick Stevens on April 27, 2012 at 2:04am — 1 Comment

A history of space and SF art in covers

Today I bumped into a rather neat site which has a history of covers of the magazine Astounding Stories of Super Science, through to it's current incarnation as Analog.



Lovely to scan through them all, following the stylistic shifts from shrieking girls in metal bikinis and art deco cylinder ships with rows of portholes down the side, through mismatched animal parts aliens, and glaring faces in the sky, thorough to the predominantly much more realistic modern style.



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Added by Nick Stevens on October 10, 2011 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

Reference site

I'm delighted to say that Scott Lowther has joined the network here.

 

For those who are not familiar, Scott has a superb source or reference material at his upship site:

http://www.up-ship.com/

 

This has everything from obscure Apollo documents to a mass of detailed information on the Orion Nuclear Pulse projects. I'm a very happy customer, and recommend it highly.

 

Nick

 

 

 

Added by Nick Stevens on September 10, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments

Source of NASA free 3d models

The basis for my ISS renders was a free model from NASA's 3d resources page. For those who did not know of it, you can find it here:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/models.html

 

Many of the models are very low quality, but there are a few real gems in there, in several formats.

Nick

Added by Nick Stevens on August 19, 2011 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

First orbit

I think many of you will have heard of this, but its worth repeating!

 

There's a free film been made, which uses footage shot from the international space station, carefully timed to match the track and lighting seen by Yuri Gagarin on his historic orbit of the Earth. It also includes recordings of his communications with Earth, timed to match the new footage.

 

An awesome project, and its free!

 

Find out more here:…

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Added by Nick Stevens on April 12, 2011 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Sorry for the spam...

Apologies for the spam getting through - I hit the button to delete all content by the culprit, but Ning missed it for some reason...

If you spot anything like that please PM me in case I hadn't spotted it yet!

Cheers,
Nick

Added by Nick Stevens on October 7, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Hi Def Daedalus

I won't leave it there for very long, but I have just done a VERY big new test animation render of my Daedalus model.

http://www.starbase1.co.uk/daedalus-hd.avi

Before you try downloading it, you should be aware that it is Full 1080p High Definition, so you will need a big monitor to even view it, and the size is a whopping 72 megabytes, so a hefty broadband connection is a good idea!

Nick

Added by Nick Stevens on May 6, 2009 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Getting your 'InSANe' stuff onto your own web pages...

I just tried this and it works just fine...



If you want to include your photo slideshow from here on another site, just find the photos here, and let the slideshow start. At the end of the slideshow you should see two buttons, one marked "Replay" and one marked "Share". If you click on share, it will show the code you need to play the slideshow.



Just copy this, (using the button provded), and then paste it into the code for your web page, using your prefered HTML editor,… Continue

Added by Nick Stevens on May 5, 2009 at 3:06pm — 1 Comment

Blue Marble Next Generation

I suspect most people reading this will be aware of it, but just in case...

If you need some highly detailed images to make a CGI Earth model, then the NASA Blue Marblenext generation is the best I am aware of:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/BlueMarble/BlueMarble_monthlies.php

Also available for every month of the year, plus topography.
Nick

Added by Nick Stevens on May 4, 2009 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Atmosphere Simulator

Now this looks interesting:
http://www.simul.co.uk/cloudwright

Cloudwright, a volumetric atmosphere simulator, and at a rather good price, and with a demo. I think I will have to add that to the list of toys to try...

Nick

Added by Nick Stevens on March 8, 2009 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

Very high resolution Mars topography data

I see that the USGS now has some very high resolution elevation maps for some parts of Mars:

http://webgis.wr.usgs.gov/ftphirise/index.jsp



See also:

http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/HiBlog/



The good news:

It really is very fine resolution, good enough for ripples on the dunes from what I can see.



The bad news:

Downloads are HUGE, (over 1 Gb!)

I'm really struggling to find something that can make sense of the data, even the image maps,… Continue

Added by Nick Stevens on February 20, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Black Arrow rocket

One of my current projects is to build a digital model of teh British Black Arrow rocket, based on my photographs of the one in the London science museum, and dimensions published in Rockets of the World.



It's early days, but here is the progress so far:…







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Added by Nick Stevens on February 14, 2009 at 1:45pm — No Comments

A review: Spaceship Handbook, Jack Hagerty and others.

This book covers all sorts of spacecraft that never flew, concentrating mainly on famous realistic fictional spacecraft.



I had been dithering over buying this book for some time, and finally took the plunge a couple of weeks ago. It certainly sounded interesting, but the price, particularly once shipping to the UK was added, was a bit scary. Now I have it, I really wish I had ordered it a lot sooner.



The book is a big one, with over 400 pages for the main body, and about… Continue

Added by Nick Stevens on February 12, 2009 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

A good site for 3d types.

One of my favourite sites for developing my 3d work is foundation 3d, over at F3D



There's a strong leaning towards Science Fiction as opposed to realistic space scenes, but they are a very friendly and knowledgeable crowd, and there are many who give invaluable advice on the best way to achieve an effect.



There are also some very high quality models (including spacecraft and planets), for download, though they are only accessible… Continue

Added by Nick Stevens on January 29, 2009 at 2:58pm — No Comments

3d objects for Space Artists

The quality is highly variable, to say the least, but it is well worth knowing about NASA's 3d object library if you are a 3d space art type of person:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/index.html

Also some textures there too.

Nick

Added by Nick Stevens on January 24, 2009 at 8:24am — 2 Comments

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