We 'could have' had space travel in 1830?
In the 1830's the Dean brothers asked Siebe to make a variation of their smoke helmet design for underwater use. Later they turned to him to produce more helmets for diving operations. Expanding on improvements already made by another engineer, George Edwards, Seibe produced his own design; a helmet fitted to a full length watertight canvas diving suit. The real success of the equipment was a valve in the helmet.Augustus Siebe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Montgolfier brothers, Joseph Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 %u2013 26 June 1810) and Jacques �tienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 %u2013 2 August 1799), invented the montgolfi�re, or hot air balloon. Their invention was the first aircraft to carry humans into the sky.Montgolfier brothers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Launched on July 12, 2006, from the ISC Kosmotras Space and Missile Complex in the Orenburg region of Russia, Genesis I ushered in a new era of private space vehicles. The spacecraft was designed to enter space and expand to increase its volume. A one-third scale model of the eventual modules, Genesis I contained various items, photos, and a NASA experiment. Shortly after launch, Genesis I expanded successfully and sent back extensive data and images to the North Las Vegas, Nevada, Mission Control Center.Bigelow Aerospace