One week ago a Soyuz rocket lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in route to the International Space Station. Then at about into two minutes into its climb to orbit the rocket ditched its strap on liquid boosters.
Which takes us to today.
My sources are notoriously unreliable and incredibly overpaid, but then my own stories are famously scandalous and should not be read.
Strapped to the side of each Soyuz core is four lateral boosters known as “markovkas”. Each is a self contained rocket with tankage and a four chamber RD-170 engine. The engine consumes kerosene and liquid oxygen for 118 seconds before exhaustion. Hydrogen peroxide is burned by a pump to pressurize the stage in flight. At a predefined velocity, the flight computer commands the engines to shut down and seperate. This is done very ingeniously by explosive cutting the boosters from the core stage. At this stage the boosters are still generating some residual power, and that thrust causes them to pivot on a ball joint mounted at their tip. Then to guarantee booster separation, a valve opens to vent residual pressurized oxygen.
It is theorized that the valve didn’t open. The booster likely collided with the core and demolished it.
At this moment your guess is as good as mine. The crash could have been criminal, or it could have been a mistake.
But is it relevant?
You need Jedi Mind tricks to supervise people these days.
Believe me, I’ve tried.
It is tricky to make people care.
Even harder when they are disgruntled.
In the past employers have spied on their employees with a wide set of spyware. This can include video surveillance, internet usage monitoring, keylogging, and social media monitoring. Some people might find it intrusive, and with the age of computer systems at businesses that I’ve worked at I’m not even positive that it is that effective.
It still might not stop a determined vandalizer, or just a lazy employee.
Entrepreneurial companies could place body cams on staff, like they are police officers. However that could just seed more distrust. Plus those cameras don’t always work properly.
What if there was a way to supervise staff and make their job easier?
Turns out that there is!
Back in 2013 Google released Glass. Vuzix followed soon after with the release of the M100 Smart Glass. Both run on an Android operating system that is very similar to the smartphone version. Glass and Vuzix use cards instead of applications with the setting and present application at center. Past cards are pushed to the right. Both units can be run on the internet or remotely. Both devices can be manipulated by touch gestures, control buttons, or a smartphone. Their best quality is the ability to project images, like instructions in front of a staff eyes. Boeing is piloting Glass to guide their engineers in the production of their airliners and they have dramatically lowered mistakes.
The trains will run on time!
This was about security.
You can watch your staff too.
These smart glasses include cameras that can record everything that they see and touch.