Ruggieri, Claude (fl. early 19th century)
French authorities prevent Ruggieri from attempting to launch a boy into the air using a rocket cluster. Artwork credit: Larry Toschik.
Ruggieri continued making bigger and better rockets and, in 1830, while living in Paris, announced that he would fire a large "combination-rocket", designed to lift a ram into the air. This announcement attracted the interest of young man who volunteered to take the place of the ram. The offer was accepted and Ruggieri announced that the great ascent would take place, appropriately, from the Champs de Mars. Just before the appointed launch, however, the "young man" was discovered to be a boy of 11, whereupon the French authorities intervened and cancelled the event.