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One small step...

22 January 2018

Apparently, New Zealand has entered the elite club of countries which can now launch satellites into low earth orbit.

The successful deployment of RocketLab's craft on the weekend announced our membership of this group of about a dozen nations -- so we should all be cheering, right?

Of course we should, that's what you do when people succeed!

However, on closer inspection, I'm not so sure that we're really as smart as we think we are (where's my jetpack?).

If I was to take a more cynical view of this achievement, I'd probably say "gosh, we have one in 2018 what the Russians did way back in 1957, over six decades ago. Yes, Sputnik was every bit as successful as this weekend's launch.

And remember, even India can hurl junk into orbit with more regularity and effectiveness than us -- so let's not get too cocky eh?

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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