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Thu Jan 3, 2019, 06:19 AM

Ugandan Space Shuttle Program


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Reply Ugandan Space Shuttle Program (Original post)
Iron Condor Jan 2019 OP
freedumb2003 Jan 2019 #1
foia Jan 2019 #2
DDKick Jan 2019 #3
akaConcernedCanuk Jan 2019 #4
Currentsitguy Jan 2019 #5
oflguy Jan 2019 #6
Lowrider1984 Jan 2019 #7
oflguy Jan 2019 #8
Lowrider1984 Jan 2019 #9

Response to Iron Condor (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 08:24 AM

1. An investment opportunity?

 

I guess that would be the Nigerian space program.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:17 AM

2. Maybe that's where I can invest the $20M that the Nigerian Oil Minister is giving me.

Per his email last week.

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Response to foia (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:25 AM

3. Hey my friend the prince of takemycashastan is sending

My 20 million too? Wow small world

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Response to Iron Condor (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 10:31 AM

4. Glad to see they have professionals overseeing the venture . . .





anyhoo - some info from wiki

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugandan_space_initiatives

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The African Space Research Program is a private volunteer space advocacy group that has pursued a DIY aviation program, with the goal of simulating and preparing for eventual spaceflight. The team was founded by Chris Nsamba after he collaborated on a homebuilt aircraft project in the United States, and resolved to build the first Ugandan-designed homebuilt (the "African Skyhawk") upon his return. Nsamba believes it will be capable of flying at an altitude of 80,000 ft. The aircraft is being put together, with the help of 600 volunteers, in Nsamba's mother's backyard in Ntinda, a suburb of Kampala.

The group has also built a "Cadimalla Space Observer", for aerial photography, which they plan to send up with a high-altitude balloon. Jinja Airport is planned to be used for these efforts.

Nsamba, has developed ambitious plans for an eventual spaceplane (the "Dynacraft Spaceship") to send to orbit by 2017, and has also taken on the responsibility of training his volunteers, drawing on his background as a student of astronomy. When asked how he would simulate the effects of zero-gravity, Nsamba said: "I've got a jet engine on order so I'm planning to build a tunnel, put the engine at one end and when I throw a guy in he'll float in a similar way to how he would in space."

The program has been sustained by donations from around the world, and from 2011, funding has also been supplied by the Ugandan government. A spokesman for the Department of Science and Technology said: "I applaud their ambition ... It provides an opportunity for Africans in general and Ugandans in particular to participate in space science and research instead of being spectators." Flight engineers from the Civil Aviation Authority have been assigned to review and advise the team. However, the head of safety at the Civil Aviation Authority subsequently reported to a Parliamentary science committee that all space activities are illegal in Uganda.

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I guess that last line sorta explains why we ain't heard nuthin about this recently



CC

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 10:41 AM

5. Um, someone needs to tell this guy there are no high winds in space.

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Response to Iron Condor (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 12:55 PM

6. Don't laugh

Obama gave him a 3 million dollar government grant.

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Response to Iron Condor (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 02:58 PM

7. How do they plan to get this "spacecraft" out of his mother's backyard?

I see no propulsion units on the "craft".
Does if "fly" by witchcraft?

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Response to Lowrider1984 (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 11:59 PM

8. It doesn't have to fly

For liberals, it counts if you care.

That is all that is required for them.

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Response to oflguy (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 03:14 PM

9. Then, apply for US Aid

for "educational" research. A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, Uganda launches their satellite!
Big slingshot, maybe?

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