Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
Don’t worry, Dr. Evil hasn’t taken over SpaceX (although some do compare Elon Musk to a James Bond supervillain). Space reports that the pause in Starlink satellite launches since June is not because of some bumbling villain’s irrational order, but because new satellites will now have laser communication devices between them. By talking amongst themselves, … Continue reading Starlink Satellites To Get Freaking Laser Beams Attached To Their Heads
I have fond memories of many autocrosses on the runways of the old Fort Devens. I grew up nearby, and used to dream of taking a car out there and tearing around. In that way, I got to live a childhood dream. A Cessna 152, however, can’t turn on a dime the way my Mazda … Continue reading You Can’t Autocross a Cessna
Nineteen-year-old Zara Rutherford takes off from Kortrijk, Belgium tomorrow to begin a solo flight around the world, which would make her by far the youngest woman to ever do this. The current record holder for this feat is an elderly 30 years old. She’ll be flying a Shark, which will also make her the youngest … Continue reading Teenage Woman To Attempt a Flight Around the World
The Pacific Northwest seems to have joined northern California in that it is consistently on fire these days. According to AOPA, the authorities are asking civilian pilots to help them spot and monitor these wildfires from the air. Col. Paul Ehrhardt with the Benton County Oregon Sheriff’s Office Air Search and Rescue department has asked … Continue reading Oregon Fires Need Eyes In the Sky
The Perseid meteor shower is peaking right now, so go outside tonight and look up to see them. While you’re at it, consider what would happen if a 200-foot diameter meteor exploded three to six miles above the ground. That’s exactly what happened in a (fortunately) uninhabited part of Russia on June 30, 1908. Real … Continue reading What If Tunguska Happened Today?