I am really lucky to be able to say I have a real rocket scientist as a friend of the Family.
Dr Antony Musker is a Professor at the University of Southampton, and a really interesting person to talk to. Recently at a family gathering he mentioned a video of the university’s final year MEng students having tested their Lunar Lander Project.
Immediately intrigued, he showed me the video below, and although it does crash, it demonstrated a controlled ascent until it was unfortunately blown by the wind into the netting. You can see how strong the wind is by looking at the exhaust gasses being blown out of the arena.
I was lucky enough to have been able to assist at one of his rocket engine tests some years ago.
He has so many achievements to his name, notably, he is the author of ‘Musker’s Formula’, which models near-wall eddy viscosity in a turbulent boundary layer.
This formula was used to re-design the space shuttle’s booster seals following the Challenger disaster in 1986 and is still frequently referenced in the literature.