Monthly Archives: May 2011

LAPCAT Long-Term Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Technologies

Configuration A2 Mach 5 Civil Transport Reaction Engines is presently engaged on an EU 50% funded project as part of Framework 6. This study is to examine the propulsion concepts and technologies required “…to reduce long-distance flights, e.g. From Brussels to Sydney, to less than 2 to 4 hours. Achieving this goal intrinsically requires a new […]

Skylon gets approvals from Europe to continue with Prototypes

SKYLON_User_ Manual_rev1[3] A Phased Approach to Orbital Public Access Confidence_in_SKYLON_24.05.2011 A space plane that can take off and land from conventional runways is one step closer to reality. Following a series of meetings in September 2010 at the International Space Innovation Center in Harwell, U.K., to look at the feasibility of a Reaction Engines design for a […]

eGenius electric aircraft makes successful maiden flight

By Darren Quick The electric powered eGenius concept demonstrator on its successful maiden flight An electric powered aircraft demonstrator has taken to the air for the first time with a 20-minute flight from Mindelheim, Germany. Intended for entry in the NASA funded CAFE 2011 Green Flight Challenge, the eGenius concept was designed by a team from the […]

Martin Jetpack

The Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack. It consists of a purpose-built gasoline engine driving twin ducted fans which produce sufficient thrust to lift the aircraft and a pilot in vertical takeoff and landing, enabling sustained flight. The Martin Jetpack is creating a new segment in the aviation and recreational vehicle markets. Initially […]

NASA HLV…. Latest and Greatest Design efforts as explained by Garry Lyles of MSFC

Way_Forward_Space_Launch_System_Lyles Garry Lyles brings thirty-five years’ experience in design analysis, system engineering, and program management to his position as associate director for technical management in the Engineering Directorate of the Marshall Space Flight Center. Lyles’ 39-minute power point supported lecture reviews the future of the proposed NASA heavy launch vehicle (HLV) required by the Congress. Check out […]

Subcommittee Democrats Seek Assurance of Reliable and Timely Commercial Cargo Capability for the International Space Station

           (Washington, DC) – Today the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing to review the status of the National Aeronautics andSpace Administration’s (NASA) commercial cargo initiative and the overall readiness of commercial cargo providers to support the International Space Station (ISS). Members heard testimony and questioned witnesses from NASA, the Government Accountability […]

Gladys Bramhall Wilner, Pioneering aviatrix, pilot, a nurse, a parachute jumper and an archaeologist

After the record run across the Pacific in 1931, the Bellanca J-300 also known as “Miss Veedol” was sold to a group of backers including one Dr. Leon Pisculli, who recruited pilot William Ulbrich and copilot Gladys Bramhall Wilner for a record New York to Rome flight. Plans for the flight included a flyover of Florence, […]