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‘Hollywood in Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes awarded Orion Program Manager’s Commendation

Mike Paul Hughes Orion Program Manager
In a post on the Hollywood in Space Facebook page yesterday, Mike Paul Hughes announced he has been awarded the NASA Orion MPCV Program Manager’s Commendation for his contribution to the first integrated forward bay cover tent on the 10th engineering development unit airdrop cluster development test of the capsule parachute assembly system. The award was presented by Mark Geyer, Orion/MPCV Program Manager.

Congratulations, Mike!

Mike Paul Hughes will join fellow co-hosts of Hollywood in Space Aline Zimmer and Steve Lee at the red carpet premiere of the Hollywood in Space sizzle reel on February 26 in Los Angeles. A limited number of tickets are still available.

Mike Paul Hughes: From ‘Asteroids’ Video Game To Real Life Asteroids and Lasers!

'Hollywood In Space' host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year's Eve, 2014.
‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year’s Eve, 2014.

When I was 16, I pumped a lot of quarters into the “Asteroids” video game at the pizza shop on Saxer Ave. Loved blasting asteroids with lasers. Now I’m in Santa Barbara to visit our laser imaging system vendor. These lasers will fly to asteroid Bennu on our ‪#‎NASA‬ Osiris-Rex mission. So I will get to shoot a laser at an asteroid for real. – Mike Paul Hughes ‪#‎truth‬ asteroids arcade game‪#‎Irony‬. P.S. You can play a simulation of the original ‘Asteroids’ game at Working with real lasers and asteroids is optional, but recommended.;)

Would Oblivion’s ‘Bubbleship’ Actually Fly If Built In Real-Life?

Mike Paul HughesCheck out the real-life flight physics for the ‘Oblivion’ ‘Bubbleship’ that our ‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes calculated for!

Mike was so intrigued and inspired by the ‘Bubbleship’ when he saw ‘Oblivion’ that he took it upon himself to do the math to see if a real-life Bubbleship could actually fly!

Mike thought…

So for grins I derived the linearized dynamic equations of motion for the Oblivion bubble ship. Very feasible system given ultra high Isp rocket engines and very sporty adaptive control techniques, perhaps H-infinity…”

And guess what?

Mike concluded that the flight physics/math (see below) says that a REAL Bubbleship could be built TODAY! It really will fly! (The only limitation would be the rocket engines…today’s technology limitations would only allow them to burn for about 15-30mins at the scale depicted on the Bubbleship, but still! Wouldn’t it be awesome to fly a real Bubbleship?)

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Oblivion Bubbleship flight physics.