Space the Final Frontier
Weather permitting, it looks like Elon Musk and his SpaceX aerospace startup will ride their Dragon cargo capsule into a shiny new era of private enterprise in space Sunday night, when Dragon is set to launch from Cape Canaveral on its first trip to the International Space Station (ISS).
The New York Times reports on Dragon’s payload:
Important question: What was your reaction to the critically acclaimed film How to Train Your Dragon? Did you geek out over the animation? Did you take your nephew to see it? Bet ya didn’t build a fire-breathing dragon afterwards. Know why? Because you’re not this dude, who is much cooler than all of us.
Pittsburgh resident Richard Hamel realized that the remarkably life-like dragon in the film might actually be able to fly. So, having served as a radio-control plane builder, he decided to try and actually build a real life animatronic dragon. And guess what? It worked.