Read more about the article Pedro Paulet: Peruvian Space Age Pioneer
Pedro Paulet, padre de la Aeronaútica Moderna

Pedro Paulet: Peruvian Space Age Pioneer

Pedro Eleodoro Paulet Mostajo (July 2, 1874 – January 30, 1945) was a Peruvian diplomat who allegedly in 1895 was the first person to build a liquid-propellant rocket engine and, in 1900, the first person to build a modern rocket propulsion system. German V-2 inventor Wernher von Braun considered Paulet one of the "fathers of aeronautics." Pedro Paulet, padre de la Aeronaútica Moderna The first practical working liquid propellant rocket motor was claimed by Paulet in1895. He operated a conical motor,…

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Read more about the article Robert Goddard: 1st Liquid-Fuel Rocket
Goddard loading a bazooka in 1918 Photo Credits: NASA

Robert Goddard: 1st Liquid-Fuel Rocket

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”Robert H. Goddard Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the father of modern rocket propulsion. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 5, 1882. He was often ill as a child and had extended absences from school. He attended college at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he received his BS in 1908. From there, he went on…

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Read more about the article Maxime Faget: An Engineering Genius
S69-64137 (1969) --- Maxime A. Faget, Director of Engineering and Development, Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas, holds a model of an early space shuttle vehicle. Photo credit: NASA

Maxime Faget: An Engineering Genius

“It’s hard to tell people how you invent something. You see a problem-you solve a problem. I enjoy solving problems.”Maxime A. Faget Maxime Faget was a Belizean-born American mechanical engineer. Faget was the designer of the Mercury spacecraft and contributed to the later Gemini and Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttle. Faget developed many of the innovative ideas and design concepts that have been incorporated into all of the manned spacecraft flown by the United States. His accomplishments included…

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Read more about the article François Hussenot: Flight Data Recorder
François Hussenot. Photo credits: Wikipedia/Hussenographe

François Hussenot: Flight Data Recorder

The pilot and manufacturer Colonel François Hussenot was a French engineer who was responsible for inventing the first flight recorder back in the late 1930s. The celebrated "black box" was manufactured by Sagem which got later acquired by Safran Electronics & Defense in 2005. François Hussenot began his career in 1935 as a test engineer at the Centre d'Essais de Matériels Aériens (CEMA) in Villacoublay, then at the Centre d'Essais en Vol (CEV) in Marignane. He specialized in studying, manufacturing, and…

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Read more about the article Konstantin Tsiolkovsky & Rocket Equation
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in his workshop in Kaluga, Russia. SovfotoGetty Images

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky & Rocket Equation

Today we will know about another rocket scientist who pioneered astronautic theory — Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. He is also regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry and astronautics. Along with Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Hermann Oberth, and Robert H. Goddard, he is one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry and astronautics. His works later inspired leading Soviet rocket engineers Sergei Korolev and Valentin Glushko who contributed to the success of the Soviet space program. Tsiolkovsky at work. Photo Credits: Ruscosmos…

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Read more about the article Soyuz-U: Holding Multiple World Records!
Soyuz insertion timeline. Credits: European Space Agency

Soyuz-U: Holding Multiple World Records!

World record for highest number of launches in a single year: 47 launchesWorld record for total number of missions in lifetime: 786 launchesStreak of consecutive successful launches: 112 launches The above is some of the achievement of the mighty Soyuz-U rocket! This is one of the few rockets that will hold its records for a long time. Soyuz 18 booster on the launch pad 1 at the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan, USSR. Photo credits: NASA The Soyuz-U launch vehicle was an…

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Read more about the article Electron: a taste of electric power!
A National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload was successfully launched aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Launch Complex-1 Credits: National Reconnaissance Office

Electron: a taste of electric power!

Electron is a two-stage, partially recoverable orbital launch vehicle developed by Rocket Lab, an American aerospace company founded in New Zealand with a wholly-owned New Zealand subsidiary. It is powered by Rutherford engines which are the first electric-pump-fed engines to power an orbital-class rocket. Electron achieved the feat of reaching orbit on January 21, 2018. The rocket is also the first to use fully carbon-composite tanks (not just carbon-overwrap pressure vessels, the body of the Electron is just carbon fiber, no…

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Read more about the article Ariane 5: 100 launches and still firing!
Ariane 5 in full glory! Photo Credits: ESA

Ariane 5: 100 launches and still firing!

A rocket that created a streak of 82 successful launches! Yes, you read it right! 82 successful launches in a row, with a total of 109 launches as of the date and still more to go. Ariane 5 is one of the most successful heavy-lift launch vehicles developed and operated by Arianespace for the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA originally designed Ariane 5 to launch the Hermes spaceplane, and thus it is rated for human space launches. After the launch of…

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