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PigeonBot Uses Real Feathers

PigeonBot Uses Real Feathers - Airplanes and Rockets"Airplanes have a lot to learn from birds, and PigeonBot is teaching us about the magic of feathered flight. Birds have been doing their flying thing with flexible and feathery wings for about a hundred million years, give or take. And about a hundred years ago, give or take, humans decided that, although birds may be the flying experts, we're just going to go off in our own direction with mostly rigid wings and propellers and stuff, because it's easier or whatever. The few attempts at making artificial feathers that we've seen in the past have been sufficient for a few specific purposes but haven't really come close to emulating the capabilities that real feathers bestow on the wings of birds..."

Aerospace Companies Compete to Build Lunar Landers for NASA's Project Artemis

Aerospace Companies Compete to Build Lunar Landers for NASA's Project Artemis - Airplanes and Rockets"Blue Origin, Boeing, and SpaceX are among those proposing ships to put astronauts back on the moon by the end of 2024. After 50 years of lamenting that America had abandoned the moon, astronauts are in a rush again, trying to go back within five—and NASA has asked aerospace companies to design the lunar landers that will get them there. The project is called Artemis, and the agency is now reviewing proposals to build what it calls the Human Landing System, or HLS. In January, it says, it will probably select finalists. NASA had said a landing was possible by 2028. Then, the White House said to do it by 2024..."

Vintage Hobby Lobby Ad

Hobby Lobby Ad, August 1971 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsOur grandparents used to tell us how one of the most disappointing aspects of growing older was having the lifelong familiar family, friends, and places disappear. Now that I'm in my sixties, hard as that is to believe, the scenario is unfolding before my eyes. Department stores like Montgomery Ward, Woolworth's, Britt's, and Sears & Roebuck are in the dustbin of history, as the saying goes. I really miss the garden and tool departments of Sears. Nearer and dearer to my heart are the missing hobby products and distributors. In the late 1960s when I first really was aware of radio control, a Kraft two-channel receiver/servo "brick" system was my objet de désir for a simple sailplane. I had to settle for a used three-channel OS Digital R/C system, and installed it in a Mark's Model Windward glider. Tower Hobbies, Hobby Lobby, Hobby Shack, Hobby People, and the like ran multi-page...

Virgin Galactic's 2nd Spaceship Completes Major Build Milestone

Virgin Galactic's 2nd Spaceship Completes Major Build Milestone - Airplanes and Rockets"Virgin Galactic has reached the 'Weight on Wheels' milestone in the build of its second commercial spaceship. In this milestone, all major structural elements of the vehicle were assembled, and the vehicle deployed its main landing gear and carried its own weight for the first time. The milestone signals strong progress in the manufacture of Virgin Galactic's space vehicle fleet by The Spaceship Company, VGH's wholly-owned aerospace development subsidiary. This Weight on Wheels milestone has been reached considerably faster than it took to get to this stage with the first spaceship in the Virgin Galactic fleet, VSS Unity, which is currently in flight test. This pace has been achieved through a more efficient, modular assembly process...

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Steadicopter Robotic Helicopter

Steadicopter Robotic Helicopter - RF Cafe"Steadicopter, one of the companies involved in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry, recently unveiled its next generation Black Eagle 50 advanced lightweight unmanned robotic helicopter. New capabilities include an inertial navigation system with no dependence on GPS, as well as support for naval missions. Steadicopter's Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter has been upgraded with several additional new features and is tailored for naval missions with its robust mechanical and electronic capabilities that support flight in maritime environmental conditions. The company also recently signed a cooperative agreement with Israel Shipyards..."

Revell Shows Production System - How Plastic Kits Are Made

Revell Shows Production System - How Plastic Kits Are Made, May 1957 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsFounded in 1943, in the midst of World War II, Revell's staff of talented artists, sculptors, machinists, chemists, engineers, researchers, instruction writers, and assembly line workers have tuned out multiple millions of highly detailed scale plastic models of every mode of transportation ever devised, from every country that devised said modes of transportation. Revell also made scale scenery and people to compliment the models. They even made model of things that never really existed, like star ships and submarines that could explore 20,000 leagues under the sea. I use images from the box tops of many Revell kits for the Airplanes and Rockets website daily logos. Monogram (founded in 1945) and Revell merged in 1986...

NASA X-59 Quiet Supersonic Research Aircraft Cleared for Final Assembly

NASA X-59 Quiet Supersonic Research Aircraft Cleared for Final Assembly - RF Cafe"NASA's first large scale, piloted X-plane in more than three decades is cleared for final assembly and integration of its systems following a major project review by senior managers held Thursday at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The management review, known as Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D), was the last programmatic hurdle for the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft to clear before officials meet again in late 2020 to approve the airplane's first flight in 2021. "With the completion of KDP-D we've shown the project is on schedule, it's well planned and on track. We have everything in place to continue this historic research mission for the nation's air-traveling public," said Bob Pearce, NASA's associate administrator..."

How Drones Protect Civilians in Armed Conflict

How Drones Protect Civilians in Armed Conflict - RF Cafe"Drones are usually in the news for bad reasons, like controversial killings of suspected terrorists in the Middle East, bombings of Saudi oil facilities or an assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. What many people may not know is that United Nations peacekeepers use drones to protect civilians from violence. These drones are different: They don't carry weapons. I have followed the U.N.'s use of drones since its beginning in 2013 and have spoken with peacekeepers and U.N. officers who are familiar with their use. I believe drones have the potential to save lives. But that doesn't mean they necessarily will..."

Covering Up - Tissue and Dope, by Peter Bowers

Covering Up - Tissue and Dope, May 1941 Flying Aces - Airplanes and RocketsPeter Bowers was a well-known designer and builder of both full-size and model airplanes. As an aeronautical engineer working for Boeing in Seattle, he was well qualified for his hobby pursuits of homebuilt airplanes and competition-class free flight airplanes. He was also an aviation photographer and historian with many books and magazine articles to his credit. Bowers' most famous creation is undoubtedly the Bowers Fly Baby monoplane, which won the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) contest in 1962 for the best low-cost, folding-wing plane that can be towed or trailered from home to and from the airport - the goal being to avoid expensive hanger or tie-down fees. The Fly Baby was much in the fashion of a large model as it was constructed almost entirely of wood...

Harbour Air Flies 1st Electric Beaver

Harbour Air Flies 1st Electric Beaver - Airplanes and Rockets"Harbour Air's all-electric-powered de Havilland Beaver took off for an inaugural flight test just after daybreak December 10 to the cheers of about two dozen people huddled on a chilly dock in Vancouver, British Columbia, as the distinctive seaplane ushered in a new era of aviation. Several thousand more also watched online as the yellow-and-navy magniX-powered seaplane retrofitted with a 750-horsepower magni500 propulsion system thundered into the air during a live social media broadcast. The fossil fuel-free aircraft partnership between North America's largest seaplane airline and Redmond, Washington-based electric propulsion venture magniX was announced in March..."

Drone Tracking Standards Developed by ASTM

Drone Tracking Standards Developed by ASTM - Airplanes and Rockets"A highly anticipated ASTM International standard is designed to satisfy the growing demand for better identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems - commonly known as drones. Similar to the function of a car license plate, the Remote ID standard supports technology that allows the general public and public safety officials to identify a drone using an assigned ID, while preserving the privacy of the drone pilot’s personal information. The standard, which will be published in the coming weeks with the designation F3411, was developed by the ASTM International unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) committee (F38)..."

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Amazon Prime - Airplanes and RocketsThis website exists entirely on the support of its visitors by way of a small percentage earned with your purchases. It typically works out to less than $10 per month. That barley covers the domain registration and secure server fees. If you plan to buy items via, please begin your shopping session from the website so that I get credit for it. Doing so does not cost you anything extra. Thank you for your support.

The Science Behind Epoxies

The Science Behind Epoxies - Airplanes and RocketsMya Rae Nelson has an excellent article in the current issue of Fine Woodworking magazine entitled, "The Science Behind Epoxies." I was surprised to read that epoxy has only been around since the 1940s, so when I first used it in the early 1970s, it was only a three decade old technology. As with cellphones, now that we have epoxy, how did we ever get along without it? Ms. Nelson uses layman terms to describe the molecular makeup of both the epoxy resin and the hardener, and describes how the bonds between the resin atoms are broken then reestablished with the insertion of  hardener atoms into the matrix. If you attended classes for and understood the basics of chemistry, that will help with understanding the technical side of epoxy curing and strength, but even without the nerd knowledge you will still gain a better understanding of how this indispensible modeler's brew works.

When Giant Airplanes Ruled the Sky

When Giant Airplanes Ruled the Sky - Airplanes and Rockets"The Great War triggered a trend toward big flying machines. Really big. I had been warned that there wasn’t much left of the airplane that designer Gianni Caproni had intended to be a transatlantic flying boat - the Noviplano - which had crashed and broken apart concluding its first and final flight, on March 4, 1921. There wasn't. I'd trekked up into the Italian Alps to the Caproni museum in Trento only to learn that a small section of the hull and other pieces from the wreck of the Noviplano were in storage, awaiting conservation. Next I took the train to the Volandia Museum of Flight, just outside the perimeter fence of Milan's Malpensa international airport. I was ushered inside to meet Gregory Alegi, a Yale-educated Italian journalist, defense analyst, and aviation historian..."

Tango Flight Turns High Schoolers into Airplane Builders

Tango Flight Turns High Schoolers into Airplane Builders - Airplanes and Rockets"At one time or another, you've probably supported your local high school by buying candy. Now you have another option: purchasing an airplane, built by the students themselves. The students are participants in a program created in 2016 by the nonprofit Tango Flight, which got its start by raising $90,000 in Georgetown, Texas. Since then, Tango Flight has expanded to five other cities across the country, boosted by funding from Airbus and local sponsors, such as the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. 'It's really amazing to see the aviation community come together and support this,' says Tango Flight co-founder Dan Weyant. 'Most of the folks in this business recognize that we are in desperate need to bring younger new folks into it either as a hobby or as a career..."

Digital Twin of UAV Provides Predictive Maintenance

Digital Twin of UAV Provides Predictive Maintenance - Airplanes and Rockets"Researchers in the U.S. have developed a high speed digital twin of a custom built drone to monitor its reliability and predict potential failures. The Dynamic Data-Driven Application Systems (DDDAS) digital twin project includes researchers from University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), MIT, Akselos and drone maker Aurora Flight Sciences. The twin represents each component of the UAV, as well as its integrated whole, using physics-based models that capture the details of its behaviour. The digital twin also uses on-board sensor data from the UAV and integrates that information with the model to create real-time predictions of the health of the vehicle. 'It's essential that UAVs monitor their structural health..."

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: January 30, 1944 Baltimore Sun

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: January 30, 1944 Baltimore Morning Sun - Airplanes and RocketsThis is the Sunday, January 30, 1944, "Flyin' Jenny" comic strip. The Baltimore Sun newspaper, published not far from where I grew up near Annapolis, Maryland, carried "Flyin' Jenny" from the late 1930s until the strip ended in the mid 1940s, so I saved a couple dozen from there. The first one I downloaded has a publication date of December 7, 1941 - that date "which will live in infamy," per President Roosevelt. Many Americans were receiving word over the radio of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while reading this comic at the breakfast table. I expect that soon there will be World War II themes. "Flyin' Jenny," whose real name was Virginia Dare (what's in a name?), was a test pilot for Starcraft Aviation Factory who divided her time between wringing out new airplane designs and chasing bad guys...


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