Saturday, July 31, 2010

Legendary Launches, With an Epic Payload

As was mentioned in an earlier post, our rocket Legendary was launched. To see it's mission watch the Youtube video below.

Click here--->Link to Video Entry on Youtube

The blastoff was successful, and Legendary cleared the Christmas trees!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Legendary Rocket Launches "EPIC" on Friday

Press Release Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Team Just Ducky has announced it will attempt the maiden launch of their rocket launch system, THE LEGENDARY on Friday, July 30th, 2010, providing optimal weather conditions in Eleva, WI. The LEGENGARY is the launch system for their Mindstorms Robotic Lunar Lander, EPIC. Team Just Ducky has programmed EPIC to complete the lunar missions paralleling the lunar missions of the Google Lunar X Prize Foundation challenge competition.

EPIC has a specially constructed robotic arm that will successfully collect from the lunar surface the Helium 3 fuel source for providing power to our Earth for thousand of years and water components used for sustaining life and extracting hydrogen for future rocket fueling.

Among the challenge missions, EPIC will visit the “Peak of Eternal Light” to survive the severe temperature fluctuations ranging between -200*F of the deep moon shadows to the lunar surface temperatures of 280* F. The future space stations will be powered by the conversion of constant solar sunlight via special solar panels for abundant efficient energy for the many uses by all mankind of the future generations.

Estimated launch time: 2:00 pm CST

Launch location: Lowes Creek Tree Farm, Eleva, WI

Mission specialists: Team Just Ducky and friends

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thunderstorms to Hay, they still mean one thing... A Full Moon!

Tonight, Sunday the 25th of July, the sky will reveal the full moon along with the constellations surrounding it. The moon is known by many names throughout the world, but some of its more well known names are the Hay Moon, the Buck Moon, and the Thunder Moon. It is known for the Thunder Moon, due to the thunderstorms we receive in July.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Perfect Arm

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Make the Most of It, by Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong Commander of Apollo 11

First astronaut to walk on the Moon.

“That’s one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind” July 20, 1969.

“As Americans, we are certainly fortunate. We take for granted many advantages that are not available in much of the world. Among most important is equal opportunity for a good education.

We are permitted to choose our occupation and get a good start toward the knowledge and training necessary to pursue that career. Make the most of it!

We live in excelling times. New ideas emerge every day. None of us can know what the most interesting new developments and consequent career opportunities will be available in the years ahead. But we all have the opportunity to be as ready as we can for that time.” -Neil A. Armstrong in a letter to Neil Armstrong Elementary School

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Award Winning Author, Karen Pavlicin

The Documentary research is going well. After researching online, we decided it was time to call in the experts. Graciously, Karen Pavlicin met with three of our team members, since two others were on vacation. Karen Pavlicin, a local author (including Surviving Deployment; Life After Deployment; Perch, Mrs. Sackets, Crow’s Nest) and songwriter (with her own album,“little bit of faith”) shared her experiences as a successful writer.After talking with her, we gained a whole new insight into the world of imagination for creating our documentary.Bursting with new ideas we continue to film and piece our story together.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

July 8, 2010

Mission Headquarters, Woodbury , MN:

July 7, 2010

Communication had been received that our long awaited Lunar Lego kit had been shipped July 6, 2010 from Billund, Denmark enroute to Minneapolis, MN. Emails, texts, and phone calls flew back and forth as team members were notified and we all watched the tracking information as to the next scanned site of Team Just Ducky’s Lunar components described as “3 pieces” shipped via DHL. Everyone tried to plan their activities in anticipation of gathering to open our boxes!

July 8, 2010

Communication received that our 3 pieces were in the USA and making its way across the States to the Midwest traveling the estimated 4, 164 miles ( thanks to Lars’ Google search) to our Woodbury, MN Headquarters and were “out for delivery” with usual delivery slated up to 8:00 pm in our Central Time zone. Team member updates were posted throughout the day. As the evening passed without sight of the delivery truck, Lars in Wisconsin decided to join his cross country group for their 7:00 run , Jacob’s family continued their nearby errands (phone readily available) , Mary Rose and Steffan stayed glued to the front window, ( Jake’s family was out of text range while in Canada) and Mission Headquarters was likened to “the night before Christmas” with visions of sugarplums ( Lunar Lego pieces) dancing in our heads.

Lunar energy exploded at 7:11 pm CT as the delivery truck pulled up the driveway to be met by our cameras and excited chatter! “I’ve never had my picture taken before” were the kind words of the surprised truck driver! Little did he realize the precious cargo in his hands. Thanks to cellular phones , Wisconsin was notified at 7:12 pm as was Jacob’s family that Team Just Ducky’s 3 pieces had arrived!

Logging unto Skype at 8:00 pm CT, Lars joined Steffan and Mary Rose in the excitement. Very much like Christmas morning with wrapped presents beneath the tree, each shipped piece was examined while everyone took turns guessing what was in each piece before Jacob arrived at 8:15pm.

Our opening ceremony began with a long distance toast with soda filled fluted glasses in Minnesota and and orange juice in Wisconsin as we each said a few words about our team friendship and journey ahead!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Working in CAD is such a Joy...Stick

Team Just Ducky's Original Accelerometer Joy Stick. Enjoy!