Category Archives: Aviation

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A Giant Radio-Controlled Model Airbus

File this under “Freakin’ Cool.” Continue reading…

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Chinese Rover Lands on the Moon

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On Saturday afternoon (GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China’s ambitious space exploration programme. Continue reading…

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A White Rabbit Heads for the Moon

A Long March 3B rocket carrying China's Chang'e 3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center early Monday Beijing time. Image: China Daily/Reuters

As of this writing, the Mangalyaan spacecraft has passed the Moon’s orbit and is heading in to deep space. Hot on it’s heels, so to speak, is China’s Long March 3B rocket carrying the Yutu rover to its destination on the Moon. Continue reading…

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Airship Hindenburg: Experimental study of the involvement of the outer covering paint (dope) in the disastrous final fire

A theory that has gained wide popular acceptance proposes that the paint on the fabric covering of the Hindenburg, rather than its highly flammable hydrogen gas, was both the source of ignition and the driving force behind the conflagration. Continue reading…

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Sic Transit Voyager

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Readers of this blog will recall that we have discussed this before; in June 2012 and again in October 2012 we noted news items from NASA their belief that this venerable probe had indeed passed into the realm of the interstellar like Tennyson’s Ulysses, “To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.” Continue reading…

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Amateur Rocket Flies to 121K Feet

Watch this video of an amateur rocket’s flight and prepare to be impressed. Continue reading…

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Open Data and Citizen Science

Image from a balloon.

One of the great enablers of amateur science is the rise of cheap technology that makes possible measurements and experimental methods undreamed of by earlier generations, or only available at great expense. Continue reading…

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Greg Kennedy Selected as Astronaut Candidate

Citizen Astronaut Greg Kennedy.

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has announced the selection of its fifth citizen-astronaut candidate. Continue reading…

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Forty-Four Years Later: F-1 engine salvaged from ocean floor is from Apollo 11 rocket

Recovery of anything from three miles beneath the ocean’s surface is a significant achievement, of course, but the very rocket engines that flew humans to their first lunar landing are obviously of particular historical importance. Continue reading…

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A Rocket Lands the Way a Rocket is Supposed to Land

Grasshopper rocket. Image: wired.co.uk.

The “Grasshopper” represents the next phase of this evolution, taking off and landing the way those 1950’s sci-fi movies and comics told us was the way it should be done. Continue reading…

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