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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

IMissAlexChilton Re:See also Hsue-shen Tsien (165 comments)

Iris Chang's Thread of the Silkworm has an excellent account of Tsien.

about 5 months ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

IMissAlexChilton Re:another GNU link (165 comments)

yes, it is. thanks!

about 5 months ago

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Was America's #1 Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI thought so.

IMissAlexChilton IMissAlexChilton writes  |  about 5 months ago

IMissAlexChilton (3748631) writes "Frank Malina masterfully led the World War II effort to build U.S. rockets for jet-assisted takeoff and guided missiles. As described in IEEE Spectrum, Malina’s motley crew of engineers and enthusiasts (including occultist Jack Parsons) founded the Jet Propulsion Lab and made critical breakthroughs in solid fuels, hypergolics, and high-altitude sounding rockets, laying the groundwork for NASA’s future successes. And yet, under suspicion by the Feds at the war’s end, Malina gave up his research career, and his team’s efforts sank into obscurity. Taking his place: the former Nazi Wernher von Braun. Read “Frank Malina: America’s Forgotten Rocketeer”. Includes cool vintage footage of early JPL rocket tests. Disclosure: I am a staff editor with IEEE Spectrum."
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Here's a way to store energy. In bags. Of Air. Underwater.

IMissAlexChilton IMissAlexChilton writes  |  about 5 months ago

IMissAlexChilton (3748631) writes "As described in IEEE Spectrum: Canadian startup Hydrostor thinks it has a solution to offshore wind power's intermittency problem: giant underwater bags. "Using electricity from Toronto Hydro’s grid to run a compressor, it will fill the bags with air. Later, when the utility needs electricity, the air will be emptied from the bags and run through a turboexpander." This will be the world’s first commercial facility for underwater compressed-air energy storage. To be sure, though, you'll need an awful lot of air-filled energy bags to back up a large wind farm. Disclosure: I am the author of the Spectrum article and a staff editor for same."

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