Month: February 2009

OCO Satellite Launch Failure

About 9:00am this morning I was online watching the live launch of OCO, the orbiting carbon observatory. It was launched at 9:55am and initially looked like a nice launch. Within minutes the payload fairing failed to separate (The fairing is

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Two satellites collide in orbit – Update

Following on from my post a few days ago, some of the pieces of debris have now been catalogued. So far, pieces 33757U through to 33770U (14 pieces) have been logged for Cosmos 2251, and pieces 33771U through to 33778U

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Two satellites collide in orbit

It’s been all over the news – Two satellites collided in orbit. It happened on the 10th February 2009 at 16:56:00 UTC. The satellites involved were the out of order Russion Kosmos 2251 (93-036A) and the still working Iridium 33

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Mac OS X – Developer toolbar in Safari

Did you know that the latest version of Safari has a built in developer toolbar? You can change your user-agent, disable styles, disable javascript, etc?

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SQL Tips – Identifying which version of SQL Server you are using

If you need to find out the version of SQL Server you are using, simply use the following script: SELECT SERVERPROPERTY(’productversion’), SERVERPROPERTY(’productlevel’), SERVERPROPERTY(’edition’)SELECT SERVERPROPERTY(‘productversion’), SERVERPROPERTY(‘productlevel’), SERVERPROPERTY(‘edition’)

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SQL Tips – List of Top Level Domains

Here is SQL and a text list of the Top Level Domains currently in use on the internet The list is free for all to use for any purpose. The original data was sourced from IANA on Thursday 5 February

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