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October 22, 2021

Airborne 10.22.21: Jetson ONE, Nonagenarian Skydives, Drones v Lava

Also: NASA Adjusts Crew-3 Sked, Southwest Relents, ACR Electronics, Blue Sky Now Shipping
Swedish company Jetson has officially launched their ONE, a commercially available, personal electric aircraft with VTOL capabilities. The cockpit is flanked by four twin rotors, and the folding, ultralight vehicle appears ready for sale in its recently released promotional video. The ONE appears suited for the recreational crowd, with space for a single pilot and… well, there’s probably somewhere to wedge a granola bar somewhere in that tubing. Piloting is accomplished by a fighter like HOTAS configuration, with the right hand controlling three axes of flight, and power on the left. Ten years ago, history maker Pat Moorehead completed a record 81 jumps

Trick Or Treat... NASA Adjusts Crew-3 Launch Schedule

Joint SpaceX Effort Set for Oct. 31

The upcoming joint launch of Crew-3 by NASA and SpaceX has been moved to Sunday, October 31, at 02:21 EDT. NASA says that they require more time for spacecraft processing and preparation. Set to use the combination of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, this launch will be the third operational NASA astronaut delivery in the last year. Carrying astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander, Tom Marshburn, pilot, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist, with ESA’s Matthias Maurer, the Crew Dragon Endurance will launch from Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew entered their official pre-mission quarantine last week, and will begin final training and prepa

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