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29 Mar

Anodized Trailer Blocks - Back in Stock!

Welcome back to the blog!

We'd like to gladly announce that we have restocked our anodized lift/lowering block inventory and all previously sold-out options are available for purchase once again!

Additionally, our anodized inventory is now offered with MIL-8625 Type III hardcoat! The process for Type III utilizes sulfuric acid and lower bath temperatures which results in a thicker, stronger hard-coating on the finished product. This darker finish for our blocks grants greater corrosion and abrasion resistance making it an ideal option for industrial applications, damp climates, harsher winter road conditions, marine, and saltwater applications. The anodizing conforms to MIL-8625 Type III Class 1 & 2 and AMS-2469.

Type III Anodized vs Classic

We'd like to thank all of our readers and customers for their patience and support as we've been rebuilding our inventory. If you have any questions about our anodized blocks, please leave a comment below, email us at: contact@trailerblocks.com or reach out to us on social media.

Thank you for your interest,

Team Trailer Blocks

 

20 Dec

Canadian Astronaut Sideboard Social

Posted by Blog Master in CSA, space, Space Matters

Welcome back to the blog!

We're taking a little off-topic adventure at Trailer Blocks: The Canadian Astronaut Sideboard Social. In this article, we wish to acknowledge and pay homage to some of the exciting developments underway at The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and take a look at some of the people who make it all possible.

Launch Photo Credit: NASA

First off, many are familiar with Canadian friend Chris Hadfield, past commander of The International Space Station and spacewalker.

Astronaut Photo Credit: CSA

Hadfield commanded the I.S.S. in 2013 before his return to Earth, the first Canadian to do so. He also gained further notoriety via social media with his widely popular rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" which garnered over 40 million views on Youtube, turning him into a Canadian cultural icon practically overnight.

Upon his return, Hadfield wrote an autobiography and went on many speaking engagements further expanding on his experiences onboard the I.S.S. as well as highlighting the importance of space travel to humanity. Commander Hadfield's contributions to increasing the public's investment in space news and developments cannot be understated.

You can read more about Chris Hadfield at: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/canadian/former/bio-chris-hadfield.asp

Less known but equally heroic is relative CSA newcomer David Saint-Jacques.

Astronaut Photo Credit: CSA

Saint-Jacques is part of the first team to fly the Soyuz rocket-pod again after the mission MS-10, carrying American Nick Hague and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin, suffered a stage 1 booster failure and subsequent launch abort earlier this year.

David flew aboard Soyuz mission: MS-11 with American Anne McClain and Russian Oleg Kononenko and successfully reached man's most remote outpost on December 3rd 2018.

You can read more about David Saint-Jacques over at: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/canadian/active/bio-david-saint-jacques.asp

Astronaut Crew Photo Credit: NASA

SpaceX followed-up with Mission CRS-16, launching the Dragon spacecraft into orbit and then rendezvousing with the ISS orbiting laboratory. Apparently, the Dragon brought Christmas treats for the holiday season to be enjoyed and celebrated in space!

CanadaArm Photo Credit: CSA

Cool footage of the Dragon Rendezvous from SpaceX can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDJ6A-0jpkE

We're also closely watching the developments of Canada's only commercial spaceport with hopeful interest.The site will be located near Canso, Nova Scotia on Canada's eastern shores. 

Canso Launch Site Photo Credit: CBC

Canada stands at an important juncture in its national development where advancement in domestic aircraft production has been widespread but the development of spacecraft has been lacking.

It is of vital importance that humanity becomes a space-faring civilization and it's our responsibility to contribute to that long-term goal, no matter the size of that contribution. 

Cyclone-4M Photo Credit: Maritime Launch Services

Share your thoughts below on how Canada can become more advanced in space, we welcome you to join the story and comment. Thanks for your interest!

 

12 Oct

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29 Jun

Readership Special 2018

The readership special is back!

Use the code 5QNA6SQ3KT2Y during checkout on your next Trailer Blocks order for 5% off your purchase, as our thanks for being a reader! This code is valid until Jan 1st 2019, so get your lift/lowering kits and level your trailer today!

*This discount is meant for one use per customer.*

Thanks and check back for more!

17 Dec

Space Matters: The James Webb Space Telescope

Welcome back to the blog!

For this entry of Space Matters, we're taking a look at an incredible project years in the making, the James Webb Space Telescope. Scheduled for launch in late 2018, Webb will reveal a universe we have never seen before and is poised to answer questions that have intrigued us for thousands of years: How did the universe begin? Where did we come from? Are we alone?

In development since 1996, the project represents an international collaboration of the European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency and teamwork from members of other countries although led by NASA in the U.S.A. The telescope is named after James E. Webb, the second administrator of NASA, who played an integral role in the Apollo program. The James Webb Space Telescope was originally called the "Next Generation Space Telescope," or NGST. It was called "Next Generation" because Webb will build on and continue the science exploration started by the on-orbit work of the Hubble Space Telescope. Discoveries by Hubble and other telescopes have caused a revolution in astronomy and have raised new questions that require a new, improved, and more powerful orbital space telescope.

JWST will offer unprecedented resolution and sensitivity into the infrared wavelengths of light. While the Hubble Space Telescope has a 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) diameter mirror, the JWST features a larger segmented gold 6.5-meter-diameter (21 ft 4 in) primary mirror and will be located near the Earth–Sun L2 point. To see deeply into the infrared a large multi-layer sunshield will keep its mirror and four science instruments below 50 K (-220 °C; -370 °F). JWST's capabilities will enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy. One particular goal involves observing some of the most distant events and objects in the universe, such as the formation of the first galaxies. In the deep dark of outer space these types of targets are beyond the reach of current ground and space-based instruments. Ground telescopes and unshielded orbital telescopes glow themselves, from the internal heat within the instruments. Another goal is furthering our understanding of the formation of stars and planets. This will include direct imaging of supernovas, extra-solar objects, such as exoplanets - the worlds around other stars, that could be brought to life with vivid detail through the imagery provided by The James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA has described JWST as the scientific successor of the Hubble Space Telescope, but not a replacement, because the capabilities are not identical and the Hubble will not be taken offline. JWST has an objective lens large enough to see high-redshift objects, typically both older and farther away than previous instruments could assess. This radical design for JWST will put it beyond the capabilities of all other telescopes currently in operation.

We'll be keeping an eye on the development and launching of this monumental project and you should too, as we seek to expand our knowledge of the cosmos collectively as a species. We'll have more to come, thanks for reading!


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