2 June 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race: 14 rockets completed

It’s amazing how time consuming drawing pointy cylinders can be! With a reasonable variety of models nearing completion, I was able to finalise the process I use for creating textures and surface detail. This meant that I had to go back and slightly re-work all the models I’d done so far, which took a while… […]


25 May 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race: Atlas & Thor

Two more models are now complete, including Atlas and Thor rockets. In both cases I’ve chosen to create models of the variants of these two launchers that did something interesting – for Atlas, I created a Mercury variant which launched the first American to orbit the Earth, while for Thor, I built the Able 1 […]


30 January 2012
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Development
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The race to the Moon

The past few weeks I’ve been busy designing my new app, a game tentatively titled “The race to the Moon”. It didn’t start out as a game, rather it was originally was just an educational app, but I wanted it to focus on more than just the moon landing and present information like a timeline […]


20 January 2012
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A new version of everything

It’s barely been two years since the HTC Desire/Nexus One made a splash as the world’s first phone with a 1GHz CPU… and now we’ve got quad core 1.4GHz 1080P tablets on the way. When I first started developing Solar Explorer, late in 2010, it was an absolute struggle to get it to run at […]


16 September 2011
Category:
Solar Explorer
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Oh NASA, why do you hurt us so?

Yesterday, NASA announced yet another “new” shuttle replacement project, called SLS or Space Launch System (was an acronym really necessary for that?). Looking like a photo-shopped Saturn V, the new launcher offers three to four times the lifting capability of the now retired Shuttle, which had to struggle into orbit with an airframe on it’s […]


2 August 2011
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Solar Explorer
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Good luck Juno

Another update for Solar Explorer, and I’ve been extra busy this time. Apart from a minor fix, I’ve added some more planet structures for Mars and Jupiter and tweaked the update I did last week for low resolution phones. While adding the extra detail to Jupiter, I found out that we really don’t know much […]


25 July 2011
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Solar Explorer
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Goodbye Shuttle, you won’t be missed

As a child and a science-fiction fan, I was swept up in the romanticism of the Shuttle, and recall vividly watching Columbia blast off on TV, back in 81. With it’s futuristic plane like design, it promised to usher in a new era of easy access to space. Unfortunately, the Shuttle turned out to be […]