America

Space Travel

For the first time in decades there is no rocket certified for human spaceflight available anywhere on planet Earth. To make things a little more interesting the astronauts on the ISS have only a Soyuz [more…]

Ross, Going Postal
20th Century

Space Travel

It was the early evening of January 27th 1967.  Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee had been in the Apollo capsule for six and a half hours conducting a full scale dress rehearsal of [more…]

Ross, Going Postal
Engineering

Space Travel

It is the 7th May 1945 and on this spring morning in the Bavarian mountains, a few days after the death of Hitler, the soldiers of the 44th infantry division that are manning a checkpoint [more…]

Engineering

Space Travel

There are lots of technical problems in designing a liquid fuelled rocket; such as how do you light it, relight it, how do you stop combustion instability shaking the rocket to pieces, how do you [more…]

Ross, Going Postal
Engineering

Space Travel

There are lots of weird and wonderful schemes for powering spacecraft, but in practice only three classes of engine have been built today that could realistically power a spacecraft in the next few decades. (aside: [more…]

Engineering

Space Travel

For those of us interested in space travel however we live in interesting times; as there is probably more development going on in the world today than at any time since NASA was spending an [more…]