Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The end of the VW beetle, celebrating iconic NYC dive bar Max Fish, robots, rockets and more

Eight Frank Lloyd Wright Works Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List In a serial nomination, inscribed as “The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright,” eight major works of the beloved architect join UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This is the first recognition of modern American architecture by the cultural organization. To coordinate the conservation efforts, the Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage Council has been formed. The …

Virgin Orbit’s First Rocket Drop from a Modified Boeing 747

Virgin Galactic sister company Virgin Orbit is one step closer to air-launching satellites. Their first-ever rocket drop test from a modified Boeing 747 carrier (named Cosmic Girl) was a notable success. The goal of the test was to enact and observe a clean, careful separation of a LauncherOne rocket payload and carrier craft. An orbital flight for the rocket is the next milestone they hope …

World’s Largest Airplane’s First-Ever Flight

Weighing 500,000 pounds and boasting two fuselages and a wingspan of 385 feet, Stratolaunch‘s behemoth of a plane—which will launch rockets into Earth’s orbit—took flight for the first time ever this past weekend. Taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port, the Stratolaunch ascended to 15,000 feet, reaching speeds up to 175 MPH, before landing successfully two hours later. “It was an emotional moment …