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SpaceX Launched the World's Most Powerful Rocket. So, What's Next?From The Guardian
By Tariq Malik, Space.com Managing Editor
When SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon Heavy booster Tuesday (Feb. 6) from the same Florida pad used by NASA's Apollo missions, the company claimed the title for the most powerful rocket. And for some companies, that might be a year-defining feat.
$22M Government Research On UFOFrom The Guardian
by Haroon Siddique Sunday, December 2017
The truth is finally out there, after the Pentagon admitted it ran a secret UFO investigation programme for five years until 2012. The US defence department’s own “X-Files” operation, known by the less catchy title of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, was closed after a change in funding priorities, it said.
Navy Pilot Recalls Encounter With UFOGood Morning America, December 18, 2017
Retired Cmdr. David Fravor spent 18 years as a Navy pilot, but nothing prepared him for what he witnessed during a routine training mission on Nov. 14, 2004.
"I can tell you, I think it was not from this world," Fravor told ABC News. "I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close."
The Long, Strange History of People Filing Flying Saucer PatentsFrom the “Discopter” of Alexander Weygers to a soaring car.
by Ernie Smith October 27, 2017
Early in the summer of 1947, an amateur pilot from Idaho named Kenneth Arnold spotted something in the Washington skies that kind of blew his mind. Despite the skies being clear that day, he saw a series of nine flashes of horizontal light. He landed, told others what he saw, and his story spread through the popular consciousness, taking on a life on its own, as well as a name—the flying saucer.
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Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car FactoriesBloomberg Businessweek, June 9, 2016
by Ashlee Vance
Northern California in particular has had a long fascination with flying cars. In 1927 a now mostly forgotten engineer named Alexander Weygers first began thinking up the design for a flying saucer that could zip between rooftops. In 1945 he received a patent for what he described as a “discopter,” a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) machine with room inside for passengers to walk around, cook, and sleep. He depicted smaller versions landing in pods atop buildings in downtown San Francisco. No discopters were built, though it’s believed that the U.S. Army, which paid visits to Weygers’s compound in Carmel Valley, Calif., tinkered with a prototype.
Carmel Valley Artist Patented
Monterey Peninsula Herald, April 13, 1950
Flying Saucer 75 Years Ago
by Ritch Lovejoy
The man who conceived the flying saucer in 1927, completed specifications and drawings, and patented it in 1944, is a talented engineer, artist, engraver, sculptor and teacher named Alexander G. Weygers, 48, who lives with his wife, Marian, in Carmel Valley. The patented name of the flying saucer is Discopter, which may indicate to you how it works, but which does not indicate the subtle improvements over modern flying methods that Weygers theorized so far ahead of his time.