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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:49 pm
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Post Ugandan works on space project from mother's backyard   Posted on: Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:49 pm
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/ar ... 41c276.561

KAMPALA — Chris Nsamba says that at one time or another every successful scientist has been called a madman, and some think he is crazy about working to send the first Ugandan into space -- from the backyard of his mother's home.

"People around here used to come and see and say he was mad, but they come back now and are impressed," Nsamba's mother, Sarah Lugwama, told AFP, waving towards a group of eight volunteers sanding the left wing of the hulking craft parked under a jackfruit tree in the garden.

The craft named the African Skyhawk, which looks like a bulky glider with a wingspan of 10 metres (33 feet), will reach into the earth's outer atmosphere, says Nsamba, the founder of the African Space Research Programme.

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Post Re: Ugandan works on space project from mother's backyard   Posted on: Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:51 pm
Absolutely brilliant.

Does he have a pesky government wrapping red tape around the Skyhawk though?


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Post Re: Ugandan works on space project from mother's backyard   Posted on: Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:14 pm
Nope. Which is why he'll probably get to space before the next manned US spacecraft does...
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Post Re: Ugandan works on space project from mother's backyard   Posted on: Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:22 am
Well, I can see him get into the air in that plane, if he can find a suitable engine, and if it's structurally strong enough. Getting into space is something else again. Still, well done engineering something like this in difficult circumstances...

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Post Re: Ugandan works on space project from mother's backyard   Posted on: Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:52 pm
I just wonder how they are going to get it out of his mom's backyard.


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Post Re: Ugandan works on space project from mother's backyard   Posted on: Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:11 pm
JamesG wrote:
I just wonder how they are going to get it out of his mom's backyard.


Moms can be a strong motivational force for innovation. :wink: :twisted:

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Post Re: Ugandan works on space project from mother's backyard   Posted on: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:59 pm
Any more details..is it anti-graviation or perhaps something more advanced technology ?

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