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Celebrating 50 years of Manned Spaceflight - Part 1: THE PIONEERS

Yuri Gagarin: first human being to journey into outer space It was 50 years ago that man first ventured into space. On April 12, 1961, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth in Vostok 1 (Vostok 3KA-3) on a flight lasting 108 minutes and became the first human being to leave the confines of the Earth's atmosphere.

Celebrating 50 years of Manned Spaceflight - Part 2: APOLLO AND THE MOON

Richard Gordon and Charles ConradProject Gemini

At the conclusion of Project Mercury the United States had amassed only two days and six hours in space. It soon became evident that an intermediate step was needed before an attempt to go to the Moon could be made. Thus, Project Gemini was conceived. On December 7, 1961, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a plan to extend the piloted spaceflight program by developing a two-person spacecraft.

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Winners of the 2011 FAI Young Artists Contest

On the occasion of the recent FAI Aviation and Space Education Commission (CIEA) plenary meeting, the International Jury met to determine the winners of the 2011 FAI Young Artists Contest, whose theme was "50 Years of Human Space Flight". The theme of this year was tightly linked to the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's historic flight.

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Canopy Piloting, Accuracy Landing and Indoor AeroMusicals at the next World Games

For the first time in its history, the FAI will have three sports present at the World Games. Both Canopy Piloting (Parachuting) and Accuracy Landing (Paragliding) feature in the competition programme of the 2013 World Games that will take place in Cali, Colombia. Indoor AeroMusicals (Aeromodelling) is included in the programme as a demonstration sport.

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Celebrating 50 years of Manned Spaceflight - Part 5: HUMAN COST OF MANNED SPACEFLIGHT

The cost and risk of manned space flight has been high. The first confirmed in-flight fatality in the history of spaceflight occurred on April 24, 1967. Colonel Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz 1 spacecraft crashed during its return to Earth following parachute failure. The crew of Soyuz 11, Georgiy Dobrovolsky, Viktor Patsayev, Vladislav Volkov were killed on June 30, 1971, by exposure to the vacuum of space after undocking from the Salyut 1 space station. These are the only recorded fatalities in space (i.e. above the Karmann line).

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Celebrating 50 years of Manned Spaceflight - Part 4: SPACE STATIONS

Space stations have been envisaged since at least 1869 when Everett Hale wrote about a 'brick moon'. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Hermann Oberth also published articles about manned spaceflight and space stations. In 1951, Wernher von Braun published his design for a wheeled space station. Salyut and Skylab (1971-1986)

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Celebrating 50 years of Manned Spaceflight - Part 3: SPACE SHUTTLE

NASA's space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 (exactly 20 years to the day after Gagarin’s flight !) and continues to set high marks of achievement and endurance. Starting with Columbia and continuing with Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour, the spacecraft has carried people into orbit repeatedly, launched, recovered and repaired satellites, conducted cutting-edge research and built the largest structure in space, the International Space Station.

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World Airship Ranking List (2010)

The Commission Internationale d’Aérostation (CIA), part of FAI, has published the World Pilot Ranking List taking into account the results of the 2 world championships for hot air airships (Russia, France). Airship competitions determine the most performing pilots in a combination of speed races navigational perfection and precision flying. Organisers favours such events generally attracting crowds of 20000 to 30000 spectators. The Ranking List is led by 4 time world champion J.-A.Besnard from Switzerland.

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Join the FAI YouTube Channel

Join us on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/airsportschannel, and start to follow the Air Sports Channel to watch FAI Competitions videos.

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Canopy Formations - 2011 Web Cup - Launch

The new Canopy Formations Web competition is launched today. Follow this link to find out about the competition, the draw and how to enter. Let us make 2011 a record entry year!

FAI President and FAI President of Honour cut the ribbon of the new FAI Headquarters

The new FAI Headquarters were officially opened last Friday night as FAI President Dr. John Grubbström and FAI Honorary President Pierre Portmann cut the ribbon at the entrance of the new offices.

Latest news on the FAI website

The FAI Sporting Licence Database and the Event Calendar are now working. *New* Please note that you have now the possibility to check the validity of FAI Sporting Licences without the need for any username / password:


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FAI President awarded with the Yuri Gagarin Medal

GrubbstromGagarin MedalFAI President Dr. John Grubbström has been honoured with the prestigious Yuri Gagarin Medal. It was presented by Andre Pomorenko of the Federation Aeronautical Sports of Russia at the recent CIAM Plenary Meeting.

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Paramotors at the programme of the 2012 Asian Beach Games

Haiyang2012The FAI has today announced that Paramotors will feature at the next Asian Beach Games that will take place in June 2012 in Haiyang, China.

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