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Uganda’s suborbital spaceplane, under construction in the backyard of the designer’s mother

Uganda’s space program: the construction of its first aircraft — in the backyard of the designer’s mother’s home — to be followed by a space shuttle! With pictures and video.

At first glance this looks absurd and a pipe dream. However, stranger things have happened. I wish them all the success in the world.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • with proper propulsion, that vehicle shape should reach target altitude of 80k feet, or near. for orbital re entry the design will need delta shaped wings though. never less, this is AN interesting concept. i applaud these efforts.

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