By Mary Grady
, Contributing editor | January 8, 2019
Over the weekend, Elon Musk tweeted out images of what his completed Spaceship test vehicle will look like, and said it should be ready for first flight within weeks. The ship is 30 feet across, the same as the final vehicle, according to Engadget. It has a shiny aluminum hull, but no windows. Musk said, “Operational Starships would obviously have windows, etc.” The Starship is meant to take people to the Moon, Mars and elsewhere in the solar system, powered by a giant Super Heavy rocket, as soon as the mid-2020s, Musk has said. The Spaceship’s job will be to fly suborbital “Grasshopper” flights to prove the design.
Musk also posted current photos of his work-in-progress, including this one from Texas (below) by Maria Pointer, one of his Twitter followers. The photo shows the two sections of the hull apparently in their final stages of construction in a field. In his tweet on Saturday, Musk said he is aiming for first flight in four weeks, “which probably means eight weeks, due to unforeseen issues.” Work is also underway at SpaceX headquarters in California.
By Myron Nelson | January 6, 2019
To call Herb Kelleher one of kind hardly does justice to a man who left an indelible mark on the modern airline industry. Just ask those of us who worked for him. More
A selfie, captured just north of my home base of Montgomery County Airport (KMGJ), in New York’s Hudson Valley. The sun’s low position at this time of year facilitates positioning my shadow on the wing of the Liberty XL2; another plus is the huge amount of fenestration on this plane. Serial trials, over a period of days, taught several lessons: remove the headset, take off the sunglasses, wear a low collar or there will be no visible neck and look straight ahead and not at the wing and shadow. Note the shoulder harness, bow of carbon fiber which supports the rear of the windshield, shadow of the instrument panel and curve of a portion of the windscreen. Oh – and sporting a big nose helps… Taken with a Canon G10. Copyrighted photo by Daniel Spitzer.