I have been watching with growing levels of delight as a community of amateur satellite hunters have been tracking one of our nation’s newest space platforms, known as the X-37B. In this age of internet pundits seeking real time vainglory for themselves, there is rampant speculation what this thing is for, with frequent references to [...]
From Military.com (emphasis mine): A Virginia-based company is hoping to test-fly a vertical take-off and landing drone before the end of this year that, ultimately, could do triple duty as strike vehicle, medevac or special ops insertion/extraction plane. The Excalibur is currently being developed as an armed, tactical unmanned aerial vehicle by Aurora Flight Sciences [...]
Here’s the real thing: Hat tip to Kevin Williamson at the National Review Media blog. ..bruce w..
Over the long US holiday weekend, the latest Mars probe known as “Phoenix” landed near the Martian north pole. As wonderful as it is when we can actually get some of our gear on Mars to work correctly, it was even more fun that we were able to snap a picture of it taking place. [...]
There is a special place in my heart — and, I suspect, that of most geeks of a certain age, not to mention virtually every pilot who has ever flown — for the famous SR-71 “Blackbird” spy plane, the fastest publicly acknowledged plane that has ever flown (though see Henderson’s posting on possible classified replacements). [...]