Airborne Awesomosity

BAC TSR-2: When An Aircraft Plays (Political) Football

The aeronautical landscape is littered with the rotting shells and mylar prints of cancelled aircraft programs. Setting out to push the boundaries of man’s capability often goes hand in hand with rising costs and lengthened schedules. These two things also give opponents of said programs leverage to do away with them at their first [...]

Spaceheads

Gumdrop Meets Spider

Apollo 9 will probably never be remembered by the general population like Apollo 13 (thank you Forrest Gump) and Apollo 11 (thank you Walter Cronkite). However, it was an important step before man could walk on the moon. It was in the crawling phase and merely orbited our blue marble. Apollo 9 was the [...]

Big Complicated Machines

5 Minutes Of Lego-Powered Awesome

A loom, wheel chair, Rubik’s Cube solver, clock, pinball, and more!

Prototypes and Experiments

Women’s Liberation

In 1932 women could not vote in France. They wouldn’t get that right until 1944. What they could do it test fire-proof suits as Mademoiselle Suzanne Piget demonstrates.

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Cause and Effect

Disaster at Le Mans – Mismatched Technology

This weekend will see the 82nd running of the 24 Heures du Mans, or the 24 Hours of Le Mans for you non-French speakers. One of the major races of any fan’s schedule, it has long been a technological proving ground. It was originally conceived of to test the endurance of man and machine, [...]

Airborne Awesomosity

Atomic Toasters Goes To The Zoo

About half way between Detroit and Chicago sits the city of Kalamazoo, MI. Originally the home of Gibson guitars and now a major center in the craft beer movement, Kalamazoo seems to be a calm town. Until you walk into a building bordering the airport and stand under a pink Curtis P-40N Warhawk.

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Spaceheads

Apollo 15 Rotational Hand Controller Up For Auction

On July 26, 1971 a Saturn V rocket blasted away from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center en route to Hadley Rille on the moon. Commanded by Dave Scott, Apollo 15 was touted by NASA as the most successful lunar landing to date. It was the first of the “J Missions”, which included a longer [...]

Nerd Artists

Daleggs

Have a happy Easter weekend!

Spaceheads

A Launchpad Gets A New Owner

Above, Columbia sits atop Launch Pad 39A in preparation for STS-1, the first space shuttle mission. This wasn’t the first time LC-39A would see the flames of rocket motors. It has been around since the Apollo days. In fact, the first unmanned, manned, and Saturn V launches of the Apollo program left earth from [...]

Free Range Technology

A Nerdy Weekend Filled With Success and Resounding Failure

This last weekend I decided to tackle a couple of tech projects I’ve been meaning to do for a while. The genesis of all of this was the fact that I have a detached garage with no connection to the innerwebs. Having access to the tubes that carry the World Wide Web while working [...]

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