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Justin Erickson
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This is my friend, +Sesh Kanury's prototype Carbon fiber and Kevlar backing to his Nexus 4. Who else wants one?
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Went for my first run with the Durango Running Club (www.durangorunningclub.org) last night. Had Glass along the way and it resulted in not a bad #autoawesome movie.
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Justin and Shannon's South Korea Trip: Part 1, Geeky Airplanes

I've been back home for just over a week, so I think I've had the time to internally process my trip to South Korea. Here is the first in, I hope, several posts about my trip.

To say that I wasn't excited to travel somewhere new and exotic would very much be a lie, but the very first thing that got me really excited was the day we bought the tickets. +Shannon Hale had gone out of her way to find me, her geeky boyfriend, a flight that would take us on a long haul, cross pacific, international flight on one of the new Boeing 787's. Denver -> Tokyo Narita, United flight 139.

I had watched the development of the 787 very closely ever since its announcement. I followed all the delays, all the changes, all tests, and basically any bit of information that Boeing or +Jon Ostrower would publish. I was obsessed enough that I used an hour of vacation time to watch the first flight live streamed. I also made Shannon suffer through a 3 hour tour of the Boeing Factory while we were visiting Seattle at one point. Needless to say, I was very excited to finally get to fly on this beauty.

Arriving at the Denver Airport, I couldn't wait to see the plane, no bathroom, no snacks, just run to the gate so I can get a look.

Once I was on the plane, I couldn't stop looking at the wing. That thing just looks futuristic. Its smooth, the lines flow, all the control surfaces blend in nicely. A work of art in my mind. I knew how much the wind flexes from all the video I had seen before, but to watch it rise up several feet as we gain speed and takeoff was awesome.

First thing I notice once we are in the air was how quiet it was compared to all the other jets I've been on. Its still loud, but not nearly as loud as anything else. For example, on similar seats on a 777, my headphones were nearly maxed, on the 787, just above half.

Next I noticed just how nice the environment on the plane was. Lights were bright and the air was not stale and dry. While we were heading to Japan, we were chasing the sun, so it was daylight outside the whole time. This made it quite difficult to sleep. Not to worry, as about 1.5 hours into the flight, after the first meal, the lighting systems showed its true power. Over a period of several minutes the lights began to fade and transitioned into a somewhat orange sunset glow. At the same time, all the electronic windows on the plane began to darken. Once it was all dark on the plane, the light dimmed even further into this nice purple/blue that was just enough to see around, but dark enough to allow everyone to sleep.

Finally after about 10 hours of flying, I noticed another great thing about the aircraft. The flight was incredibly smooth. Even in times of significant turbulence the cabin was never roughly tossed around. I could look out at the wing and see it dancing several feet up and down. I have to assume that the awesome composite wing was absorbing much of the turbulence with its flexibility.

All in all, If you have to fly long haul somewhere, make an effort to fly on a 787, its simply a much better experience. I know I will make every effort in the future.

I have included several pictures and videos that I hope will show what I've been blathering about. (Oh, and a lucky sighting of an Airbus A380 landing next to us at Narita)
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That's great! I can't to fly in one.  I'm pretty die-hard Delta since I'm in SLC, and Delta won't be getting any for another 5 years or so...
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This seems to be the only sane voice I've heard from this whole Malaysian Airlines 370 Situation. Thanks +chris goodfellow for the great work.
 
April 3, 2014

Wrapping up and waiting on further developments.

+Sherryl Joseph 
I just read the BBC reports and the PDF's you pointed to. Thank you for that. And I have really been trying to understand +Christophe Pompeani 's work here. I guess what we were looking for with Immarsat pings was some sort of conclusive data but it is actually conjecture and simply another theory that it flew said arc. I guess the only conclusive thing we can come away with is that the satphone handshake indicated the aircraft was operating a further six hours.


+Christophe Pompeani your analysis of the data leading you to conclude that to fit the data the aircraft would have had to travel at an out of operating parameter speed between two points leads me to conclude as well  that those supposed known points of radar contact may not have been MH370 but another aircraft.


I still comeback to that first radar track published which was the one that showed the turn to the southwest and a track between Penang to the south and Langkawi to the north. This is what led me to theorize in the beginning they were heading to Langkawi.


No actual heading was listed on the radar track graphic that was published but it looked like 245. The high level charts show Igari > Butterworth at about 242 I believe.


If the aircraft did not execute the purported series of turns Vampi >Igrex>P268 out west but this was a track of another plane - I just don't have high confidence in Malaysian data about anything and they may be trying to fit the human intervention scenario into the equation for their own ends - then we have to assume last known track was actually SW.


So if we extend that line across Indonesia and out over the Indian Ocean and apply wind correction factors (and I won't say Coriolis again for fear of Phil) but that takes the plane towards the Maldives and actually over the area +mike blades has been so adamant about in these postings.

The only real known facts:
Plane went silent 1:21
Mike McKay's sighting  ("time fits")
Malaysian military radar first report showing turn back to mainland direction SW
200 kg of li-ion on board


Unconfirmed:

Sighting in Maldives
Something looking like a fire suppression bottle washed up
 



As I said in my first post you will find the plane along this track either where it ceased flying because of damage to systems or at the point of fuel exhaustion.


We simply do not know where except to say the aircraft is probably within this large triangle SW to Maldives and south to say a couple of thousand miles west of Perth. That's my guess. The Immarsat data may be challenged on the position of the arcs because of timing variables but I think it probably is safe to say it confirms SW and not NW.


So for me too it boils down to two scenarios. A crew overwhelmed and overcome and a ghost plane, or an intentional act to destroy the aircraft by a pilot or someone else for some reason. There is no current proof for the latter whatsoever. None. The fact no distress call was made and all communications were normal makes it hard for me to believe there was a takeover by hijackers. All that had to be done is key the mike and yell something by either pilot. If it was a more sinister action by either pilot to commit suicide, I'm sorry I cannot wrap my head around that .

I further cannot wrap my head around the "stolen to Diego Garcia and put in a Farraday cage hangar"...when you start believing these scenarios it goes too far for me. No Phil I am certainly not paranoid. Only paranoid people go for these very long stretches of the imagination as far as I'm concerned.



So I'm still left with the good guys struggling with an overwhelming situation until proven otherwise. I refuse to go down the dark path of Phil or Feith or anyone else blaming the pilots with no concrete evidence.

This was a bungled search from the beginning as the SW should have been explored on day 1 IMHO.
 
That so many experts cannot come up with one concrete bit of evidence to feed us after three weeks is hard to believe but lots of planes have simply disappeared. This may go down as one of these.

I know I am not alone in wanting a clear cut answer and I may never get one, but what I come away after this extraordinary experience on Google+ is a deep appreciation for all the great people I've exchanged with both in these public posts and privately by email - a lot of newfound friends whom I hope perhaps to meet in person one day. 

As always the 239 and families are in my prayers.

Not much else to say you are welcome to keep posting on this one. I'm closing off the other posts to additional comments  

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#mh370missing  
#aviation  
#malaysia  
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I really think we need a beer bar like this in the US. Just walk up pick a beer open it up #throughglass
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We have a store that looks like this in WA. Great for trying new beers!
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This and a lunch today, Go +SpaceX!
 
First Test Flight of the F9R

Stop what you're doing and watch this video of the F9R rocket taking off, rising to an altitude of 250 meters, and then landing again. Each time we see one of these tests, SpaceX is getting closer to the dream of a reusable spacecraft.

I love the hexacopter footage... where do I get one of these?

Thanks to +Alessondra Springmann 
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For science!
 
Look closely! Our Curiosity Mars rover and its tracks are visible in this view from orbit, acquired on April 11 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rover is near the largest butte in the lower left quadrant of the image, at about a two o'clock position relative to the butte. It appears bright blue in the exaggerated color of this image. Curiosity entered the area included in this image on March 12, along the tracks visible near the upper left corner.

The multi-layered location filling much of the left half of this image is called "the Kimberley." Curiosity's science team chose it, based on other HiRISE images, as a potential gold mine for the rover mission. Black gold, that is, as organic material that, if found at the Kimberley could be a biomarker (sign of past life) -- the holy grail of Mars exploration.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

#mars #marscuriosity #msl #hirise #uarizona #planets #space #nasa #science

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Travel day begins. 24 hours from now we should be at home.
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Last real meal in Korea. Bulgogi and glass noodle soup. Thanks +Heather Campbell for showing us around.
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Never had the real deal but that's good stuff at Korean places here. I'm guessing it's a little better over there 
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Damn it +David Hasselhoff we were just trying to have a decent dinner.
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Bugger - I couldn't see the first one, so I did it again.  Personally, I think I should compromise with !! or !!!
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Another geek on the Internet.  I tend to post about Running, Internet, Technology, Video Games, Cars, Beer and anything else I find interesting that day.
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