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60 years ago today: Sputnik 1 and the Dawn of Space

History changed 60 years ago on 4 October 1957:

20 Years Ago: NASA’s Space Shuttle breaks a world record for the longest time in Space

Twenty years ago on 7 December 1996 the US Space Shuttle Columbia spent a record 17 days in space – ...

NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

Charles Bolden, who has been awarded the prestigious FAI Gold Space Medal for 2016, knows about spac...

7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 ...

Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

“I am absolutely delighted for Scott and Mikhail to receive that very well deserved honour.” Live fr...

2015 FAI Annual Report released

The 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More ...

60 years ago today: Sputnik 1 and the Dawn of Space

60 years ago today: Sputnik 1 and the Dawn of Space

History changed 60 years ago on 4 October 1957:

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NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

Charles Bolden, who has been awarded the prestigious FAI Gold Space Medal for 2016, knows about space. Not only has he been in orbit four times, but for the last seven years he has been at the head of....

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7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 km/h (2.000 mp/h) and to a height of 38.5 km (126.200 feet), becoming the first human ever to fly ab....

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Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

“I am absolutely delighted for Scott and Mikhail to receive that very well deserved honour.” Live from the International Space Station (ISS), the British Astronaut Tim Peake congratulated Scott Ke....

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2015 FAI Annual Report released

2015 FAI Annual Report released

The 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More compact than the previous editions, it includes the competitions, records, awards, our sponsor Breit....

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NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

Charles Bolden, who has been awarded the prestigious FAI Gold Space Medal for 2016, knows about space. Not only has he been in orbit four times, but for the last seven years he has been at the head of....

Read more...
7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 km/h (2.000 mp/h) and to a height of 38.5 km (126.200 feet), becoming the first human ever to fly ab....

Read more...
Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

“I am absolutely delighted for Scott and Mikhail to receive that very well deserved honour.” Live from the International Space Station (ISS), the British Astronaut Tim Peake congratulated Scott Ke....

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11 October 2005: Russian Cosmonaut Krikalev becomes the Absolute Recor....

11 October 2005: Russian Cosmonaut Krikalev becomes the Absolute Recor....

Ten years ago, on October 11th 2005 at 01:10:00 (UTC), the manned transport space vehicle “Soyuz TM - 6” landed in the north of Kazakhstan. Hours before, the eleventh expedition to the Internati....

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Interview with Alexey Leonov, the First Man to Walk in Outer Space

Interview with Alexey Leonov, the First Man to Walk in Outer Space

On 18 March 1965, FAI celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first space-walk. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov achieved this feat during the Voshkod 2 mission. He stayed out in space for 12 min 9 sec,....

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Current Events

FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships -

Event ID

: 11933    

Bid:

296

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Advanced Aerobatics (Power)

Place

: Strejnic (Romania)

Date(s)

: 16 Aug to 26 Aug 2018

Website

:https://waac2018.ro


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F5J Bulgaria Cup -

Event ID

: 12411    

Bid:

731

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F5J (Thermal Gliders with electric motor and altimeter/motor run timer)

Place

: Dupnitsa (Bulgaria)

Date(s)

: 17 Aug to 18 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.F5JBulgaria.com


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CISM World Military Parachuting Championship -

Event ID

: 12696    

Bid:

1631

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Accuracy Landing
Freefall Style
4-Way Event

Place

: Szolnok (Hungary)

Date(s)

: 10 Aug to 21 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.milsport.one/sports/parachuting


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German Flatlands Paragliding -

Event ID

: 12721    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Altes Lager (Germany)

Date(s)

: 13 Aug to 18 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.dcb.org/wettbewerbe/flatlands-gs/


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Southern ALPS Big Task -

Event ID

: 12725    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country
class 2 Cross country

Place

: Aspres sur Buech (France)

Date(s)

: 11 Aug to 19 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.ultralight-glider.com


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Decimo Cuarta copa Piedechinche - Atmoxfera OPen -

Event ID

: 12904    

Bid:

255

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Valle del Cauca (Colombia)

Date(s)

: 11 Aug to 18 Aug 2018

Alternate dates

: 19 Aug to 26 Aug 2018

Website

:http://airtribune.com/xiv-copa-piedechinche-2018


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FAI World Microlight Championships -

Event ID

: 12908    

Bid:

270

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

RWL 1 T (Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RWL 2 T (Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
RAL 1 T (Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RAL 2 T (Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
RGL 2 T (Autogyro / Landplane / Flown with two persons)

Place

: Nagykanizsa Airport (Hungary)

Date(s)

: 11 Aug to 18 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.wmc2018.net


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FAI Member of the Hosting Country

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Pohár nízkych Tatier / Low Tatras Cup -

Event ID

: 13007    

Bid:

300

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country

Place

: Low Tatras (Slovakia)

Date(s)

: 11 Aug to 18 Aug 2018

Alternate dates

: 18 Aug to 25 Aug 2018

Website

:http://airtribune.com/pnt2018/info


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

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Russian Para-Cross Open Championships -

Event ID

: 13074    

Bid:

612

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

n/a

Place

: Vladimir (Russian Federation)

Date(s)

: 25 Jul to 07 Sep 2018


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

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Upcoming Events

18 August 2018 23rd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship - Gross-Siegharts (Austria)
18 August 2018 2018 Rhönpokal F5F - schondra (Germany)
18 August 2018 2018 Swiss Control Line Scale & Semi-Scale Cup - Untersiggenthal (Switzerland)
18 August 2018 2018 Toszek Cup - Toszek (Poland)
18 August 2018 2018 Paragliding World Cup - Bulgaria - Sopot (Bulgaria)
18 August 2018 2018 Summer Open Cup of Kazakhstan - Taldykorgan (Kazakhstan)
18 August 2018 2018 Open Championship Kazakhstan Hang Gliding - Ushkonyr (Kazakhstan)
18 August 2018 2018 Zarasai Lake Cup - Zarasai (Lithuania)
19 August 2018 2018 FAI F5 European Championships for Electric Model Aircraft - Dupnitsa (Bulgaria)
19 August 2018 2018 Championnat de France Feminin - Pont sur Yonne (France)

 

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Astronautic Medals and Diplomas

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The FAI is awarding every year a number of prestigious Astronautic Medals and Diplomas.

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History of Manned Spaceflight

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