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Who the heck is Tipu Sultan

A new installment in the “Who the heck is..” series   Tipu Sultan was the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore. He launched rockets against the oncoming British forces and their allies during their 1792 and 1799 Siege of Srirangapatna. He … Continue reading

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Who the heck is Boris Chertok

more from the Who the heck is series The Russian Space Program was successful in many areas and it’s success is partly due to Boris Chertok. Boris Chertok was Korelev’s guidance and control engineer from 1946 – 1992. His most … Continue reading

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Who the heck is Josef Stemmer

Another entry into the “Who the heck is series” of often forgotten rocketry pioneers. Josef Stemmer was an early Swiss space pioneer. At the early age of 11 years old he began to design spaceship based on some of his … Continue reading

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Who the heck were GIRD?

This is part of the continuing “Who the Heck is” series G.I.R.D. (Gruppa Izucheniya Reaktivhogo Dvizheniya) translated “Group for the Investigation of Reactive Motion” GIRD was the world’s first large professional rocketry program. It was started on September 15th 1931 … Continue reading

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Who the heck is Kazimierz Siemienowicz?

Find out about many more Rocket Pioneers by visiting the “Who the heck is…” series  (scroll down after clicking link) Kazimierz Siemienowicz (born)1600 (died)1651 Kazimierz Siemienowicz, born near Raseiniai in Samogitia, was a Polish-Lithuanian commander in the Polish Royal Artillery. … Continue reading

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Who the heck is Friedrich Zander?

Friedrich Zander was born August 23rd 1887 in Riga Livonia. Friedrich studied and became an engineer. In his studies he came across the ideas of Tsiolkovsky. Zander was very interested in Mars and “toward Mars!” became his own personal rallying … Continue reading

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Who the Heck are the Paisley Rocketeers?

another in the “Who the Heck” series PRS 30th anniversary launch in 1965 Did the Paisley Rocketeer’s Society start Model Rocketry? The Paisley Rocketeer’s Society (PRS) was formed by John D. Stewart in 1935 in Scotland. Stewart was inspired by … Continue reading

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