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.