Who the heck is Claude Ruggieri?

Claude Ruggieri about to launch small boy

Another entry in the “Who the heck is…” series

The next time you send up one of your payload rockets think of this:

Claude Ruggieri sent up a live sheep around 600 feet in the air and succeeded in bringing it back to earth with a soft landing using parachutes. He did this sometime around 1806. He would have sent a young boy up making him the first “astronaut” but the local police put a stop to it. Claude Ruggieri was an Italian living in Paris. He accomplished practical application of rocket propulsion using clusters to lift heavier objects. He referred to them as a rocket necklace. His practical application of the cluster rocket inaugurates him into the “Who the heck is” series.

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2 Responses to Who the heck is Claude Ruggieri?

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  2. FR says:

    “He would have sent a young boy up making him the first “astronaut” but the local police put a stop to it.”

    Whoever said the ‘Nanny State’ was a new idea!!

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