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Articles about the ultimate form of flight – spaceflight!
I’ve been a space enthusiast for as long as I can remember. I was born in the same year as Apollo 11. I made my family interrupt a holiday in France so I could listen to the launch of the first Space Shuttle mission. And just a couple of days ago, I watched the Shuttle […]
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six astronauts are headed for space, ready to begin their 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Following a relatively smooth countdown, the weather cooperated leading to an on-time liftoff from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:56 a.m. EDT. I watched the […]
On June 7, SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon 9 rocket into orbit. While NASA’s plans for manned spaceflight are up in the air (if you’ll pardon the pun), SpaceX has been working on the Falcon 9 (and it’s predecessors) on a purely commercial basis. It is possible that this rocket may be one of […]
The International Space Station has a new viewing port. I thought I would celebrate with some gorgeous pictures. I really wish I had $20m – I would go tomorrow. (Hat tip IO9, also for their great tag line ‘We come from the future’. More NASA pics on Flickr).
At a time when NASA is looking forwards by going backwards – reusing bits of the Saturn and bits of the Shuttle and a 4-6 person capsule – it’s interesting to read about the USAF’s X-37 mini-Shuttle project. This article in Air & Space Smithsonian does a nice job reviewing the history and future of […]
Armadillo Aerospace lunar lander qualification flight.
Check out these cool cockpits. Cirrus (Avidyne) This is my office when I go flying. (See my post: Learning to fly the Cirrus) Cirrus Perspective This is what I would like to fly if I could afford it. A380 (Have a look at the panoramic version too.) Gulfstream PlaneView (More info: Gulfstream and the interactive […]
I think Project Orion is pretty cool in a retro-geek-Strangelovian way. Check out my Project Orion book review. This video is a good introduction.
Colin Pillinger, leader of the failed Beagle 2 mission to land a probe on Mars, is an exception. Not because he is an unlikely folk hero or because his West Country burr masks shrewd PR skills and a mind like a steel trap but because he is famous. He is probably unique amongst scientists in […]