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1981 – space shuttle

The space shuttle is a reusable orbital vehicle that jettisons two solid rocket boosters and an external fuel tank before entering Earth orbit. The shuttle flew a total of 135 missions between 1981 and 2011. In 1986, the Challenger was destroyed by an explosion, resulting in the loss of all seven crew members. In 2003, […]

1977 – Voyager 1 & 2 launched

Voyager – The Interstellar Mission – [nasa.gov] Voyager Mission Fast Facts – [nasa.gov] Launch Voyager 2 launched on August 20, 1977, from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket. On September 5, Voyager 1 launched, also from Cape Canaveral aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket. Planetary Tour Between them, Voyager 1 and 2 explored all the giant […]

UAV Flies Around Inside Garage Without GPS

MIT has developed a 2 meter wingspan fixed wing light aircraft that uses new autonomous flight control algorithms to navigate obstacles in an indoor garage using its own sensors and no GPS data. Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors – [mit.edu] New algorithms allow an autonomous robotic plane to dodge obstacles in a subterranean parking garage, […]

Jonathan Livingston Robot

It is a thing of beauty to watch this two meter wingspan carbon fiber robotic bird fly. Using a process that the makers call, “active articulated torsion drive”, the bird can twist and flex its body and sections of the wing and tail that give it a birdlike flight capability. Zigbee wireless communications allow the […]

Hummingbird Drones

A DARPA developed hummingbird drone can now fly for eight minutes and collect images with a camera. It has met or exceeded all the requirements for “hummingbird-like” flight capability. Nano Hummingbird – [avinc.com] AV is developing the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) under a DARPA sponsored research contract to develop a new class of air vehicle […]

1903 – Wright brothers flight

 On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers successfully demonstrated the world’s first flying machine at Kitty Hawk, NC.   First in Flight – [discovery.com] Wright Quarters Rummage through the Kitty Hawk shed where the Wright Brothers experimented with their flying machines The 1903 Flyer Explore an interactive 3-D model to reveal the remarkable innovations of […]