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African Space Research Program (31 pics)

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Folks in Uganda have built a real space shuttle. It's called African Skyhawk and it is the first African space aircraft. There will be two pilots inside the shuttle who will be able to leave it if something goes wrong.

Here are the specs:

Aircraft Name: African Skyhawk
Estimated Max Weight: 620kg
Estimated Takeoff weight: 1000kg
Estimated Cruise Speed: 320km/h+
Maximum Cruise Distance: 3100km
Maximum Cruise Altitude: 25000ft+
Purpose: Astronomical Research
Fuel Type: 100LL Jet fuel
Number Of Persons On Board: 1 pilot, 1 researcher
Safety Features: Manual Eject system, and sea landing
Wing Specifics: Span: 31ft, Cord: 3.5ft
Estimated Takeoff speed: 120km/h


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№1 Author: f_you (7 Dec 2011 04:22) Total user comments: 30


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Nice wing profile there, smartasses
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№2 Author: Maddogz (7 Dec 2011 04:32) Total user comments: 403


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I have serious doubts about this being able to go 25000ft +
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№3 Author: fairmania (7 Dec 2011 04:43) Total user comments: 1436


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I'm more worried about the first 250ft. They'll be lucky if it even glides, let alone flies.
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№4 Author: Kaiser (7 Dec 2011 05:05) Total user comments: 100


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i made one with legos, can i call it a "real" spaceship too?
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№5 Author: Hott Bill (7 Dec 2011 05:14) Total user comments: 296


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This will not end well...
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№6 Author: yamaz (7 Dec 2011 05:40) Total user comments: 625


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They will be lucky if it doesn't burst into flames right there, even before starting the engine.
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№7 Author: raymond.wendt (7 Dec 2011 06:50) Total user comments: 9115


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space starts at 328,000 feet... I learned that from AcidCow. So, this spacecraft has a few more feet to go. It sure looks nice for what they have though.
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№8 Author: Grunt Callahan (7 Dec 2011 07:39) Total user comments: 2285


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That thing will burn up like a dried Christmas tree during re-entry.
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№9 Author: NooFoo (7 Dec 2011 08:52) Total user comments: 799


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those who dare to dream! i betcha none of you have even tried to build an airplane, ofcourse it won't fly, but it's not about flying, it's about trying to dream and do something. in some parts of africa, having something of value, even if it doesn't work, is a status symbol. u seen pics of those kids who have wooden bikes? well, these guys got a plane that won't fly, but there, it means alot!
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№10 Author: Jinxaruny (7 Dec 2011 10:09) Total user comments: 10324


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№11 Author: boink (7 Dec 2011 11:23) Total user comments: 1184


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Seems legit. 07
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№12 Author: quackers (7 Dec 2011 11:40) Total user comments: 4830


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Great work chaps that the first six feet sorted 04 04 ,.,.,
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№13 Author: miscellaneous (7 Dec 2011 12:24) Total user comments: 4179


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Bless their hearts. Makes me feel so selfish for what "little" I have.
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№14 Author: salsapopo (7 Dec 2011 13:56) Total user comments: 12723


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№15 Author: mauman707 (7 Dec 2011 15:17) Total user comments: 495


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seeing the first pic .. i thought they were joking loL!
could be an epic failiure..! 09
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№16 Author: Boredatwork.bill (7 Dec 2011 16:02) Total user comments: 425


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№17 Author: mahedi (7 Dec 2011 16:35) Total user comments: 10772


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Carry on 48
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№18 Author: Suprem (7 Dec 2011 16:55) Total user comments: 64


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There are cheaper ways 01 to get high.
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№19 Author: Trifecta69 (7 Dec 2011 21:20) Total user comments: 1086


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some parts made of wood 15
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№20 Author: joffenbaker (7 Dec 2011 21:29) Total user comments: 4965


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Sorry, I didn't see any engine
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№21 Author: DeadlyNinja (7 Dec 2011 22:26) Total user comments: 96


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aww..makes me so sad that some countries are so rich they can make thousands and thousands of spaceships that are worth milions along with building size rockets and they can manage to build something like this..I really wish they fulfill their goal...
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№22 Author: Pilgrim (7 Dec 2011 22:27) Total user comments: 2288


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07 09
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№23 Author: Píixan (9 Dec 2011 00:39) Total user comments: 1014


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At least they have some Carnival material just in case it doesn't fly.

Or they could call the penguins of Madagascar (the movie) to help them with their project.
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№24 Author: adzhoe (11 Dec 2011 02:39) Total user comments: 14959


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Space program?...That is barely a plane.
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№25 Author: RoomysZA (11 Dec 2011 11:57) Total user comments: 176


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Its sad how so many can leave such silly and uncompassionate comments when it comes to something like this.

Thanks to those that left decent humane comments and to the others, i hope you cherish what you have everyday and never have to live like most do in Africa.

Proudly South African!
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№26 Author: RoomysZA (27 Dec 2011 20:59) Total user comments: 176


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It just occured to me...I hope this isnt the reason Africa was left out for the SWTOR registrations :(
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