Posted: May 1st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: World First | Tags: Aabar Investments PJC, Sir Richard Branson, SpaceShipTwo, virgin, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Group | Comments Off on Virgin Spaceship First Powered test Flight Gets Thumbs-up From Sir Richard
Virgin megaboss Sir Richard Branson is überconfident his spaceflight company has moved a giant step closer to launching commercial flights into space, after a six-passenger spaceship fired its rocket engine in flight for the first time. The powered test flight over California’s Mojave Desert lasted 16 seconds and broke the sound barrier.
Virgin Galactic is selling rides aboard SpaceShipTwo for $193,000 per person and so far more than 500 people have put down deposits. Branson and his children plan to be the first non-test pilots to ride in the spacecraft this time next year. SpaceShipTwo is based on a three-person prototype called SpaceShipOne, which in October 2004 clinched the $9.6 million Ansari X Prize for the first privately funded human spaceflights :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 16th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Blip, Fast, Faster, Fastest, Favorite New Thought, Fly Your Kite, Wiki, World First | Tags: Admiral Richard C. Macke, ANS, Astro-Inertial Navigation System, Ben Rich, Blackbird, Central Intelligence Agency, Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, ELINT, F-117, J58, Jet, Lockheed SR-71, M-21, Mach 3, NASA, Nortronics, Pratt & Whitney J58-P4, Pratt and Whitney, Senator John Glenn, Skunk Works, SLAR, Spy Plane, SR-71, SR-71A, SR-71B, SR-71C, Stealth, Titanium, U-2, U.S. Air Force, USAF, YF-12 | Comments Off on Wiki: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Anyone with an interest in man-made-machinery, older than 30, has to have some space in their mind that allows a smile at the thought of the Blackbird, it is one of those machines that was just done to perfection. Blackbird was instigated for possibly all the wrong reason, regardless, it’s design alone puts this creation in a category of it’s own :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Blip, Concept Vehicle, Rolls Royce, World First | Tags: 10ex, 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle 10EX, 1938 Buick Y-Job, concept vehicle, Experimental Vehicle, prototype, rolls royce | Comments Off on World's First Concept Vehicle: 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle, 10EX Phantom 1 Continental
Unlike most of the concept cars we see at auto shows – dummied up with clay, smoke and mirrors – Rolls Royce has always pursued an entirely different philosophy, building fully functioning Experimental Vehicles. All of Rolls Royce’s Experimental Vehicles has been meticulously hand-built to investigate how a potential production model will operate in real world conditions since 1919, when the Experimental Vehicle – 10EX – was constructed, predating the 1938 Buick Y-Job – often claimed to be the world’s first concept vehicle – by almost two decades. Oh and she’s up for sale by RM Auctions. Read the full article »»»»