Thirty years of wasted lives, dollars, talent and energy. Even worse than the millions wasted to put men on the moon.
Atlantis touches down for last landing
Space shuttle Atlantis touched down early on Thursday in Florida, bringing an end to NASA's 30-year shuttle programme. Four astronauts on final NASA space shuttle mission end voyage successfully at Kennedy Space Center.
Suppose, instead of wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on the space station, NASA had invested in developing a solar powered dirigible capable of transporting both passengers and freight? This is no crackpot idea. I’ve confidence that it will become reality even without United States involvement.
Solar-Powered Airship Could Offer Emissions-Free Cargo Hauling by Philip Proefrock, 04/13/10
Airship Pavilion at Le Bourget Paris Airshow Tue, 28/06/2011 - 13:13 — Gabriel
At the press conference held on the 22nd of June, Mr Pierre Blazevic from the University of Versailles announced, in both French and in English, the forthcoming 9th International Airship Convention to be held in Paris jointly with The Airship Association in September 2012 to celebrate the pioneering airship achievements of France. Also featured in the poster exhibition is the first manned solar powered airship, project Sol’R initiated in 2007 with the collaboration of up to 40 students from various universities and cities in France. Projet Sol'R aimed to promote and develop the world's first solar-powered manned airship, with an envelope volume of 350m3 of helium carrying 42m2 of CIGS solar panels on its surface. Named "Néphélios" and piloted by Mr. Bastien Lefrançois, the first manned, solar powered airship is shown flying in Villaroche in June 2010 (Photo ©Projet Sol’R) . Notice to Members 9th International Airship Convention 2012
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