Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pornhub launches campaign to fund first sex tape in space

Pornhub, an online destination for adult entertainment, announced Wednesday it has officially launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the first ever sex tape in space. The "Sexploration" campaign, which will run through the next 30 days, is looking to raise $3.4 million to fund the maiden voyage set for takeoff in late 2016.

Pornhub is giving its loyal fans the opportunity to be a part of this historic undertaking by providing a way for them to have their own say in how the entire film is put together via campaign contributions. Each donation will in turn be rewarded on a tiered prize level basis depending on the amount of each offering, with the higher tiers reflecting a greater amount of contributor control over production. The campaign's proceeds will go directly towards securing key components, such as the cost of shuttle seating for the crew and performers, as well as state-of-the-art video equipment to broadcast the iconic moment. Conversely, Pornhub will absorb all of the pre- and post-production costs, as well as expenses for promoting, releasing and celebrating the launch of the film.

"This will be a grand experiment in learning how intercourse works after penetrating the Earth's atmosphere," said Corey Price, vice president, Pornhub.

Additional information on the campaign, including the full list of prizes, can be found on the Indiegogo landing page.

Space-based instrument to monitor air pollutants hits milestone

The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, developed by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is headed toward its Critical Design Review this month following an earlier milestone that included Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Ball is now well into the fabrication of the instrument following the successful PDR and a confirmation review.

TEMPO, an air quality sensor that will provide hourly monitoring of pollution across North America, is the first NASA Earth Venture Instrument mission with a ultraviolet-visible air quality spectrometer to be placed in geostationary orbit.

Ball Aerospace is building the TEMPO instrument under a firm-fixed price contract with NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. Ball has a long history of providing cost-effective solutions for Earth observation and remote-sensing missions with fixed-price contracts.

The TEMPO instrument is designed to make accurate observations of atmospheric pollution with high spatial and temporal resolution over North America, from Mexico City to the Canadian oil sands, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. TEMPO will observe Earth's atmosphere in ultraviolet and visible wavelengths to determine concentrations of many key atmospheric pollutants, such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and formaldehyde. TEMPO will share a ride on a yet unidentified commercial satellite as a hosted payload.

In addition to TEMPO, Ball Aerospace is jointly developing a similar geostationary ultraviolet visible spectrometer, the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer, with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, South Korea.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Four US Army UH-60A helicopters up for sale

The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone on behalf of The Utility Helicopters Project Management Office, Black Hawk Exchange and Sales Team (BEST) Program, announced Tuesday that four Army Black Hawk helicopters are up for sale through negotiation at fixed prices.

The aircraft are medium lift utility Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters, tail numbers 80-23492, 81-23552, 81-23568, 82-23697, located at the BEST Aircraft Consolidation Facility in Huntsville, Ala.