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AERONAUTICS

AEROSPACE

  • NASA
    Official web site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  • Aerospace Engineers
    Career, salary and education information.

  • Brief History of Aerospace Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and States University
    Covers 1913 to 1967. The brilliant educators would leave notes with their secretary that they were at the 'Spherical Dynamics Lab', e.g. the pool hall!

  • GALCIT History
    Timeline for the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), from 1891 to 2007.

  • History of Space Exploration
    Space History, Historical Publications, Chronology, Spacecraft Mission Summaries for the U.S., Russia, Europe, China, and Japan; compiled by Calvin J. Hamilton.

  • 10 Myths About Space Travel That Make Science Fiction Better
    According to Charlie Jane Anders, "the truth is, sometimes you have to violate the laws of physics to create science fiction stories that people want to watch. We asked six great physicists to name their favorite occasions when breaking the laws of physics makes science fiction better, and here's what they told us."

  • What is Aerospace Engineering?
    Answer: deals with designing and building machines that fly. Or, to be more precise, aeronautical engineers are primarily involved in designing aircraft that fly within Earth's atmosphere, while astronautical engineers work with the science and technology of spacecraft that fly outside Earth's atmosphere.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

  • Highway Construction and Engineering
    By Tarun Goel: Highway construction and engineering includes planning, designing, and building of highways. History stands witness that good roads lead to prosperity for distant societies. If a road is well planned and then executed according to the plan, a highway can open the gates of growth and development.

  • Highway Engineering
    History, Planning and Development, Design, and Construction-Maintenance-Management

  • Highway History
    From Mesopotamia--where bitumen was used long before modern roads--to how modern roads are created.

  • Highways Timeline
    Important dates from 1905 to 1993.

  • Road Construction: History and Procedure
    A brief history from Bright Hub Engineering.

  • Roads and Highways
    Very thorough, especially describing differences in roadwork and the origins of their names. An example: he more recent word road, derived from the Old English word rád (“to ride”) and the Middle English rode or rade (“a mounted journey”), is now used to indicate all vehicular ways.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Age of the Automobile
    A little history, including economic spin-offs, with sidebars listing additional helpful facts, such as the Lincoln Highway, America's Longest Main Street.

  • Automobiles
    Articles, videos, and speeches concerning American automotive history.

  • Automobiles in San Antonio, 1899-1916
    An article by Hugh Hemphill, with very nice pictures.

  • Autonomous Car
    From Wikipedia: An autonomous car (also known as a driverless car, auto, self-driving car, robotic car) is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Many such vehicles are being developed, but as of February 2017 automated cars permitted on public roads are not yet fully autonomous. They all require a human driver at the wheel who is ready at a moment's notice to take control of the vehicle.

  • Bicycle History (& Human Powered Vehicle History)
    David Mozer gives a chronology from 1418 to 2002. You know the saying, "you never forget how to ride a bike?" I personally disproved this several years ago!

  • Dishonorable Mention: the 10 Most Embarrassing Award Winners in Automotive History
    Car & Driver fesses up concerning their award goofs.

  • Ferdinand Verbiest: Early Visionary of Auto-motion: The First Automobile Vehicle
    During the 1670s, Verbiest invented a self-propelled vehicle of small size, whether it was ever actually built, remains in doubt.

  • Henry Ford (1863-1947)
    I guess we all know by now that Ford did not invent the automobile--but he revolutionized assembly-line modes of production which made the auto affordable.

  • History of Semi Trailer Trucks
    Many of us know these as 18 wheelers, but none of us know (until now) that it was invented in 1898 by Alexander Winton in Cleveland, in order to deliver the cars he invented to their buyers.

  • How Motorcycles Work
    William Harris describes the 1901 Hendee Single, the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmueller, and the 1902 Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Harley-Davidsons helped win World War I!

  • Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot
    Henry Ford did not invent the automobile -- Nicholas Cugnot did! Maybe. See Ferdinand Verbiest above. Once you see what the first self-propelled road vehicle looked like, you'll wonder why we aren't all driving one.

  • Self Driving Cars
    Of course, soon we won't be driving anything! Here is series of Huffington Post articles on the pros and cons of this invention.

  • What Does an Auto Engineer Do?
    From the site: Automotive engineering is one of the most exciting professions you can choose. From the global concerns of sustainable mobility, and teaching cars to drive themselves, to working out how we’ll get around on the surface of Mars, automotive engineering is all about the future.

  • Who Invented the Automobile?
    The Library of Congress presents a chart of inventors, dates, Types, and Country. Alas, Ferdinand Verbiest and Leonardo da Vinci are ignored.

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