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Largest Full Moon (Supermoon) of 2019

Largest Full Moon (Supermoon) of 2019 Photo - Airplanes & RocketsJanuary's first full moon, known as the Wolf Moon, is the biggest and brightest full moon of 2019 - a 'supermoon' in modern parlance. It was also a long duration (1 hour and 2 minutes) total lunar eclipse. The technical name for this special combination is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The moon reached fullness at 00:16 EST and perigee at 14:59 EST on the 21st. The moon is full when the earth is between the sun and the moon, and the moon is new when it is between the sun and Earth. The picture below was taken out of my back door, at around 9:30 pm local time (Erie, PA), at the beginning of the penumbral phase of the eclipse (not apparent in the photo). The outside temperature was about 5 °F and the wind was howling pretty good - quite appropriate for this Wolf Moon ...

Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocketship Reaches Space

Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocketship Reaches SpaceI love the concept, but the hypocrisy by a big-time Greenie like Branson is hard to take - the carbon footprint per passenger must be huge. "Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. It landed on a runway minutes later. 'We made it to space!' Palermo exclaimed. The supersonic flight takes Virgin Galactic closer to turning the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism into reality. The company aims to take paying customers on the six-passenger rocket, which is about the size of an executive jet ..."

The Sound of Things to Come: Electric Powered Model Planes

The Sound of Things to Come: Electric Powered Model Planes, January 1973 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsIf you have been in the modeling world since at least the 1990s, you have witnessed the slow but steady evolution of electric propulsion systems to the point where we are today with the technology having overcome and largely replaced glow engines. During that time, the resentment and jealousy of glow engine modelers has been very apparent. I must admit to having some feelings of betrayal to the power source to which I owed my early days of model flight, but by the early 2000s I was using electric power in my gliders - before brushless motors and lithium-polymer batteries were household words. By 2005 or 2006, power-to-weight ratios of brushless motors and LiPos were on par with and pushing past glow engines. Now, with 40C batteries, incredibly powerful outrunner motors, and finely engineered electronic controllers, there is no reason other than for nostalgic satisfaction ...

OS Digital Digitron DS-3, 3-Channel Radio Control System

OS Digitron DP-3, 3-Channel Radio Control System - Airplanes and RocketsMy very first radio control system was an OS Digital Digitron DS−3, 3−channel system. I have want to get one for nostalgia's sake for a long time. I had a saved search on eBay for years and finally a few months ago, one came up for auction, which I won. My plan is to replace the original 27.195 MHz electronics with that of my 6−channel 72.750 MHz Futaba system, with necessary modifications to the gimbal potentiometers, NiCad battery, antenna mount, etc. I will need to add a dual rate switch somewhere inconspicuous so as to not detract from the original look. The results will be posted here when done ...

A Petrel's Strange Journey

A Petrel's Strange Journey - Airplanes and Rockets"Why a rare British sailplane survived. In 1937, up on the windy heights of the Yorkshire moors, British sportsman Frank Charles taught himself to fly in primitive gliders. He soon tired of their limited capabilities, and went in search of something that could actually soar instead of simply glide downhill. The best sailplanes of the day were being designed and built in Germany, so Charles asked a local firm, Slingsby Sailplanes Limited, to build an airplane based on German designs. Between-the-wars British airplane manufacturers - de Havilland, Percival, Miles -had developed wood aircraft construction into a high art, and Slingsby continued the tradition by ..."

Chinese Rover Exploring Far Side of Moon

Chinese Rover Exploring Far Side of Moon - Airplanes and Rockets"A robotic Chinese spacecraft named Chang'e 4 braked out of lunar orbit and slowed to a controlled touchdown on the far side of the moon Thursday, a first in the history of space exploration. The lander later deployed a small rover to explore the surrounding landscape. The spacecraft landed at 0226 GMT on January 3 in the 110-mile-wide Von Karman crater, located in the southern hemisphere on the back side of the moon. Chinese websites released several images captured during the lander's descent, and then revealed several more pictures taken of the mission's six-wheeled rover as it drove down a ramp and onto the lunar surface. But Chinese state television did not provide a live broadcast of the landing ..."

Toledo 1971 - World's Biggest RC Show

Toledo - World's Biggest RC Show, May 1971 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsThe 1971 Toledo R/C trade show as a major event in large part because of the new generation of transistorized pulse proportional radio control systems being introduced that were rapidly replacing legacy vacuum tube and some solid state reed and escapement systems. A large selection of new model designers were also offered to accommodate the lighter weight, smaller, and more highly functional radios. Fast forward nearly half a century to what will soon be the 2019 Toledo Show and you will find an incredible array of high technology electronics and airframes. Most models will be factory-built, with balsa and plywood kits being mostly extremely small or extremely large models. Glow fuel engines will barely have a presence, having been replaced by large gasoline engines and brushless motors. Transmitters are highly programmable and have no extendable antennas ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doc the Superfortress Comes Home

Doc the Superfortress Comes Home - Airplanes and Rockets"B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center is getting ready for opening. One year after the construction began on the B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center at the Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas, the stunning Superfortress named Doc has moved in to its new home. The bricks and granite tiles that have been purchased by Doc’s supporters to raise funds for the project have arrived and are being installed outside the 32,000 square-foot facility. But the work isn't done yet. Doc’s Friends spokesman Josh Wells said the organization still needs to raise $800,000 to complete the $6.5M facility. 'While we have successfully raised enough money to build the structure, there's still plenty of work to be done ..."

The T-38 Talon Finally Gets a Replacement

The T-38 Talon Finally Gets a Replacement - Airplanes and Rockets"The U.S. Air Force announced in September that Boeing will be building the service’s brand-new jet trainer, ending a fiercely fought competition. Under a contract worth up to $9.2 billion, Boeing's St. Louis factory will construct at least 350 of the aircraft, designed jointly with Sweden's Saab, to replace the worn-out Northrop T-38 Talon. Boeing will also provide training simulators. The T-38 has served as the Air Force's primary fighter pilot trainer since 1961. Obsolete electronics aside, the T-38s are today so well-used that they are restricted from making the tight turns of today's fighters, lest they disintegrate in midair; pilots training on the F-22 and F-35 undergo additional training in F-16s to verify that they can handle the G-forces. Boeing's win was a surprise, given that versions of its primary ..."

GPS-Denied Navigation on Small Unmanned Helicopters

GPS-Denied Navigation on Small Unmanned Helicopters - Airplanes and Rockets"Drone usage is expected to soar over the next several years. As legal regulations evolve, many industries will embrace drones for a multitude of tasks from infrastructure inspections to commercial fishing and beyond. And despite the potential for enormous growth, this revolutionary technology has an Achilles heel that is rarely mentioned - it is fully dependent on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)/GPS navigation. All drones rely on GNSS to maintain a stable position and/or to navigate between waypoints. At the same time, all small drones use MEMS sensors to estimate their altitude. These sensors are accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers that provide data on the aircraft's three axes ..."

Boeing Beat Airbus with Record-Setting 2018 for Jets and Avionics

Boeing Beat Airbus with Record-Setting 2018 for Jets and Avionics - Airplanes and Rockets"Boeing delivered a record 806 commercial passenger jets in 2018 to retain the title of the world's biggest plane maker for the seventh straight year but missed its full-year target of 810-815 due to supplier woes that delayed shipments. European rival Airbus SE, which will report its numbers later this week, met its own 800-jet target pending final audit, but is certain to lag behind Boeing due to engine delays, industry sources said earlier. Boeing also looked set to beat Airbus for aircraft and avionics orders on a like-for-like basis in 2018 after booking 893 net orders, excluding cancellations in the year. Meanwhile, Airbus ended November with 380 net orders, to which it has since added confirmed deals for another 220 aircraft. Orders for Boeing and Airbus are seen down compared to 2017 as airlines fret over trade ..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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