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Peter PanPan
26th Aug 2011, 08:51
A curiosity, to say the least!

BBC News - African space research: Dreaming of a manned shuttle (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9573163.stm)

Cacophonix
26th Aug 2011, 09:01
Certain African countries have had space programs of a sort in the past.

The Congolese governement had a couple renegade German scientists build a rocket with disappointing results... ;)

Weird Things Blog Archive A Brief History of The Congolese Space Program (http://weirdthings.com/2010/12/a-brief-history-of-the-congolese-space-program/)

South Africa had an advanced missile program that was abandoned in the 90s.

Caco

Slasher
26th Aug 2011, 09:04
That is nothing new. Here is the original launch platform and
propelling vehicle in the 60s when Uganda was experimenting
with initial tests to put an unmanned device into orbit....

http://cache2.allpostersimages.com/p/LRG/37/3794/Y3ZIF00Z/posters/bushman-throwing-his-spear-at-a-winded-gemsbok.jpg

Fareastdriver
26th Aug 2011, 09:29
The Zambian Space Programme was put into place sometime in the 60s. One of the tests involved placing the u/t astronaut in an oil drum and rolling him down a hill to simulate re-entry.
There was also a plan to put the first African women into space.
He received some government funding but the programme had to stop when he got her pregnant.

henry crun
26th Aug 2011, 10:34
It is not widely known that the Irish sent a rocket to the moon.
Spike Milligan - First Irish Rocket To The Moon - YouTube

Capetonian
26th Aug 2011, 10:50
The South Africans sent a space shot up - this is not generally known as it was not a great success. There was only one man and a monkey on board. The monkey had been trained to operate the craft.

After a few days in space, the man started to get impatient and radioed back to earth : "When am I going to get something to do?"

The instruction came back : "Wait. You will get your turn."

A few hours later an instruction was radioed through to the man : "Feed the monkey."

(Note that I have not specified the colour or race of the man, therefore I cannot be accused of racism or bias. You may of course draw whatever conclusions you wish!)

charliegolf
26th Aug 2011, 10:52
The Japanese will launch a manned spaceship in December. There will be a Nip in the air!.

ta Boom Tish.

CG

JWP1938
26th Aug 2011, 18:35
Quote The Zambian Space Programme was put into place sometime in the 60s. One of the tests involved placing the u/t astronaut in an oil drum and rolling him down a hill to simulate re-entry. Unquote

I think that was actually the Ugandan space program driven by Idi Amin - but it was certainly true and the pictures were published.

SilsoeSid
26th Aug 2011, 18:58
A lack of local facilities is hampering the project and I asked Chris how he plans to simulate zero gravity, for example, in Kampala.
"Easy" he 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."



If he floats he's a witch....burn him !

What else floats ?

hellsbrink
26th Aug 2011, 19:44
It is not widely known that the Irish sent a rocket to the moon.

Not quite.

The Irish had the first design for a rocket to send a man to the moon, but there were two problems.

1) They couldn't find a Guinness bottle big enough to put the stick in

and

2) They couldn't find anyone daft enough to light the blue touchpaper and be able to run due to drinking enough bottles of Guinness to make a "launch pad" that would absorb the blast from the launch.

BrATCO
26th Aug 2011, 21:53
Here is another good joke !

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTea_IB-spM8qIv9bALD3xJW8fbh1HcU8LUZRhADukQHY0KLmVC6hk3XHs (http://www.google.fr/imgres?imgurl=http://files.maquettagogo.webnode.fr/200000026-5534a562f1/ariane4_226A4.jpg&imgrefurl=http://maquettagogo.webnode.fr/products/ariane-iv/&usg=__uWF9Wt822C7Qmo7_VmgBH0mJpMA=&h=2141&w=2674&sz=427&hl=fr&start=1&zoom=1&tbnid=NAwS-jhbBI0bIM:&tbnh=120&tbnw=150&ei=kBRYTov_LdHP4QTCtOCIDA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dariane%26hl%3Dfr%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26rls%3D com.microsoft:*:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7ADFA_fr%26tbm%3Disch%26prmd%3Divns&itbs=1)

191 launched, 182 succeeded.
Not bad for a Third World country...

(I know, not everybody laughs... :})