Monday, 30 April 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
One of the most ambitious space station ideas in Future Past was a 1956 plan to build not stations, but space cities. How? By sending up fleets of little shuttles that would be turned into structural materials for the behemoth.
Sort of like rebuilding Honolulu out of old 747s.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Over in our Hugo Gernsback section, we have a page on the Radio Newspaper; another classic example of merging two incompatible technologies into an unworkable third.
Now, over at Paleofuture, you can find out more about this technological dead end.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Maybe it's just me, but I've always found the STAR Clipper space shuttle configuration with its wrap-around drop tanks just slightly scary.
Something to do with being more comfortable with all the highly explosive fuel sitting behind me at liftoff.
Monday, 23 April 2012
Ah, the optimism of American publishing a month before Pearl Harbor. Faced to going to war with the Axis menace? No problem; the answer is vitamins and jai alai. A shot of thiamine and a cresta bat and GIs will be tossing around Nazis like rag dolls.
Mind you, all the talking up the vitamin angle might mean that this is actually part of the disinformation campaign that the British were running to divert attention away from their new radar and code breaking abilities.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Elektro, one of our favourite robots of the 1930s, has not only found a permanent home at the Mansfield Museum in Mansfield, OH, but Mr Scott Schaut, curator of the museum has hand-built a replica of the Motoman to hire out to museums for exhibition.
If Mr Schaut ever offers one for sale, I'd like nothing better in my front hall.