Recently I had the opportunity to attend the State of NASA at the Armstrong Flight Research Center. After learning about the center’s work on electric planes, the Low Boom Flight Demonstration plane and other research into autonomous aircraft, I stopped at the Air Force Test Flight Museum. Unfortunately, the museum was closed, so seeing the […]Read more "Space Shuttle Crew Transport Vehicle"
At the north end of the Apollo Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center, is the new memorial for the Apollo 1 crew. On Jan. 27, 1967, Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee strapped into their seats in the Apollo 1 command module to take part in a routine “plugs out” test, when an electrical […]Read more "Ad Astra Per Aspera – Apollo 1"
Sitting next to a parking lot at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Cocoa Beach is a Mercury Boilerplate. There is no identification on it to denote which boilerplate this might be.Read more "Mercury Boilerplate"
While in Florida for the test flight of the Falcon Heavy, I was able to see the second SpaceX Dragon capsule that docked with the ISS in March 2013. It would have interesting to also see the trunk and solar panels for complete Dragon.Read more "SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2"
Standing outside the Kennedy Space Center Badging office near Gate 3 stands the Mercury-Redstone 7. Although the Mercury capsule atop this booster is a model, the booster itself is an actual Redstone rocket. I was back at the Kennedy Space Center for the test flight of the Falcon Heavy and took a moment to stop […]Read more "Mercury-Redstone 7"
This Apollo boilerplate is thought to be BP-1228. Some other reference sites have photos of an Apollo boilerplate on display in the parking lot at the US Naval Air Museum. I suspect that once the addition of Hanger One to the museum was completed, that capsule was restored and moved inside.Read more "Apollo BP-1228"
In addition to the capsules and the rockets that take them to space, there are also artifacts from their recovery. On display on the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego, is the SH-3 Sea King that was the actual recovery helicopter for Apollo 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13. The floatation collar and righting […]Read more "Apollo 11 Recovery Artifacts"