Oshkosh, Space

New Shepard launch

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh announced that commercial space company Blue Origin will be showing it’s space flown, reusable New Shepard rocket and astronaut crew capsule will be a star attraction at Boeing Plaza during this year’s event from July 24 – 30.

EAA CEO and Chairman Jack Pelton said, “EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has always showcased innovation, imagination and achievement in flight, which makes Blue Origin’s presence at Oshkosh an excellent fit. As we salute the accomplishments of the Apollo program this year at AirVenture, it is also fitting that we welcome an organization that is developing the next step in the future of manned spaceflight.”

“We are very excited to come to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 and showcase our reusable New Shepard rocket and crew capsule so everyone can experience what it’s like to be an astronaut,” said Rob Meyerson, president of Blue Origin. “We hope to inspire the explorers of tomorrow, the ones who will help us achieve Blue Origin’s goal of millions of people living and working in space.”

In honor of EAA’s Space Day on July 28, Blue Origin will give away branded merchandise to the first 1,000 visitors to the exhibit on Boeing Plaza beginning at 12:30 p.m.

About Blue Origin

Blue Origin, LLC (Blue Origin) is a private company developing vehicles and technologies to enable commercial human space transportation. Blue Origin has a long-term vision of greatly increasing the number of people that fly into space so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system.

About EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is a growing and diverse community of more than 200,000 aviation enthusiasts who promote and support recreational flying. Founded in 1953 by a group of individuals who were interested in building their own airplanes, EAA expanded its mission of growing participation in aviation to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters, and contemporary manufactured aircraft. The organization is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and hosts the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention every July. For more information,



Today In Aviation History
April 22, 2001
Chris Hadfield Performs First Canadian Spacewalk

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April 22, 2001.  Astronaut Chris Hadfield becomes the first Canadian to walk in space on a mission to install Canadarm2 on the International Space Station.  Due to a problem with the fluid used to prevent fogging he had a severe vision problem.  Listen to Col. Hadfield relive the experience in this TED talk.

Something special in the air



While down in Lexington Kentucky having my brain destroyed working long days in impossible conditions, an event occurred that almost slipped by me.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completed its first captive flight connected to the Eve mothership. Funded by Sir Richard Branson and designed by Burt Rutan, SpaceShipTwo is poised to become the first commercial spacecraft when it goes into service in 2012.

Tickets will cost you a mere $200,000 and you can reserve now with only a $20,000 deposit.  If I only I could afford it.



Carl Sagan's Cosmos

With a couple of days of vacation before heading off to Switzerland for business, I looked around for something to watch online while doing some work on my mother’s estate.

I was amazed that the entire 13 part series of “Cosmos” was available at YouTube.  User Dutchdrummer99 has a done a superb job of putting everything up and tagging them correctly. YouTube only allows 10 minute clips so keeping them in order is a monumental task.

For those too young or with failing memories, Cosmos was presented on PBS by Dr. Carl Sagan in 1980 with episode names like “One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue” and “Blues for a Red Planet”.  It was a groundbreaking introduction to astronomy and a fascinating view of the universe.

What is truly surprising is how well the series stands up with it’s then cutting edge special effects.  Dr. Sagan, who passed away in 1996, was a wonderful teacher.

You can subscribe to the entire series here.  It’s well worth the time.

Separated at birth?


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Watching NASA TV this morning and they had a briefing on yesterday’s events from the lead of the “Orbit Three” group at Mission Control.  Royce Renfrew is the man’s name.  He was wearing glasses and I thought I was looking into a mirror.  Couldn’t find a more recent picture but his beard is turning grey.


UPDATE: Got a screen grab this morning


Now do you see the resemblance?