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Weather A Strong Factor Behind Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Like most kids of my generation, I loved watching rocket ships blast off into space. As a young kid, I sat in mute rapture watching on July 20, 1969 when Apollo 11’s Eagle landed on the Moon and Neil Armstrong … Continue reading

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New Zealand Is In The Space Race

That’s one effin’ big disco ball, mate. Or, for you nerds, and I suppose I was/am one… it’s the world’s coolest looking 65-sided D&D die. Back on January 21, 2018, New Zealand officially joined the space race (which isn’t as … Continue reading

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Not Quite The First Black Woman On ISS

While writing a couple of posts for February’s upcoming Black History Month, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced it was making a crew switch of astronauts slated to stay aboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Jeanette Epps was slated … Continue reading

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GoFly Contest To Create A Working Personal Flying Device

In my much younger days scientists promised us jetpacks. I want my jetpack! I want to fly! Sadly, jetpacks and rocket suits a la Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Adam Strange, The Rocketeer, IronMan and other comic book characters remain a … Continue reading

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Historical Look At Japan’s First Dirigibles

I was finally catching up on my reading the other day, when an article from the New Zealand newspaper, Clutha Leader dated September 26, 1911 – page 2, I discovered some information on Japan’s attempt to build the world’s then-largest … Continue reading

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A “Look” Inside A 1909 Aeroplane Factory

The headline describes the journey… Published in the April 25, 1909 edition of The Daily Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana – page 43 – found via READEX, a Division of Newsbank… my source for early American newspaper resources. I … Continue reading

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SolarStratos solar plane unveiled

Payerne, Switzerland—On December 7, 2016, Raphael Domjan’s stratospheric solar plane was unveiled in Payerne, Switzerland, to 300 guests, including ambassadors, partners, government representatives and the world’s media. SolarStratos is the first commercial two-seater solar plane in history and plans to … Continue reading

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Orville Wright’s Gag Check

Above is a gag check created by one Mr. Orville Wright. One might believe that with all the secrecy he and his brother Wilbur exhibited to protect their aeroplane from 1903-1908, and with subsequent lawsuits for patent infringement, that the … Continue reading

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It Sucked To Be An Early Innovative Aviation Inventor

By the time the general populous heard of the Wright Brother’s and their fabulous new aeroplane, they had actually had five successful years to improve upon their original flight, and put in numerous years previous working out aerodynamics, power-to-weight ratios, … Continue reading

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First Flight Of A Solar-Powered & Piloted Helicopter

Who knew that the University of Maryland would suddenly become the hotbed of pioneering aviation? While I have been remiss in discussing pioneers or pioneering feats in aviation featuring helicopters—I am a huge fan—let’s take a look at what some … Continue reading

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