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by mxaxai
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Ultrafan vs P&W GTF
Replies: 16
Views: 512

Re: RR Ultrafan vs P&W GTF

Would there be any practical limits to the thrust levels applied to the GTF and Ultrafan? What I mean is if it's possible to have a large widebody twin like the (still theoretical) 777-10 or A350-2000 being powered by a GTF or Ultrafan engine. At this time I would estimate they would be limited to ...

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by mxaxai
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Ultrafan vs P&W GTF
Replies: 16
Views: 512

Re: RR Ultrafan vs P&W GTF

The ability to change pitch like a turboprop? Wow, it is the 80s unducted prop fan come true. Surprised its only 15;1 ratio though. What benefit is it for GE to run hotter cores? How is that more efficient than RRs Ultrafan? I don't know how much you know about turbofans and engines but in general,...

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by mxaxai
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1032
Views: 105766

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Jayafe wrote:
mxaxai wrote:
MatthewDB wrote:
The irony here is that if NASA blocks SpaceX, they're going to be committing to use exclusively Soyuz.

Or they're committing to use exclusively SLS for manned missions.


You are a bit confused between rocket and spaceship.

It's not as if you could mount a soyuz on a falcon heavy.

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by mxaxai
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Realistically, what an upgraded Eurofighter will have is much of the upgrades already planned for other Eurofighter partners that wouldn't be coming to German jets anyway, such as AESA radar, [...] IRIS-T It's weird that Germany spent 340 mio. € on the Captor E (AESA) radar but didn't actually orde...

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by mxaxai
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1032
Views: 105766

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

MatthewDB wrote:
The irony here is that if NASA blocks SpaceX, they're going to be committing to use exclusively Soyuz.

Or they're committing to use exclusively SLS for manned missions.

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by mxaxai
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

[We learn that FCAS is intended to replace the capabilities currently provided by Tornado and Eurofighter. And we learn that Hoke proposed a Eurofighter upgrade (and not the current version) to replace the Tornado as a stop-gap measure. Dirk Hoke: Our proposal is to develop the Eurofighter further ...

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by mxaxai
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1032
Views: 105766

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Nobody on the outside knows all the details. My guess would be that the 2nd stage would send a "clear to deploy" signal or something, and the NG payload or adapter would actually initiate separation. So, it's conceivable that the NG side never got the OK to deploy, but SpaceX would have l...

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by mxaxai
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China new order for 184 Airbus A320 delivery 2019-2020
Replies: 32
Views: 6713

Re: China new order for 184 Airbus A320 delivery 2019-2020

I find it fascinating that we are discussing a new order for 184 aircraft and noone bats an eye. Aviation has grown so much in the past 20 years. Remember the days when selling 1000 narrowbodies over the entire model's lifetime was a huge success? An order this large could have occupied the 737 line...

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by mxaxai
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upcoming operators of Airbus A350-1000XWB
Replies: 80
Views: 13741

Re: Upcoming operators of Airbus A350-1000XWB

Lufthansa Lufthansa already has the 777-9 on order in that size segment. Unless they want to keep Munich an all-Airbus hub I'm not sure if there is a place at LH for the A350-1000. They're also replacing the A340-600 with the A350-900 so I'm not sure what role the -1000 would serve. Iberia They pro...

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by mxaxai
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish JSF plans in trouble
Replies: 61
Views: 4013

Re: Danish JSF plans in trouble

There must be some limit to the number of a/c. I mean 27 can hardly be called an efficient fleet. I did an amateurish analysis for the Netherlands: 1 sq on a peace mission abroad 1 sq recuperating from a peace mission 1/2 sq in regular training / new pilots/modification work 1 sq work up for a peac...

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by mxaxai
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin-Tegel (and Düsseldorf) without Air Berlin?
Replies: 18
Views: 5285

Re: Berlin-Tegel (and Düsseldorf) without Air Berlin?

Some numbers regarding the effect of airberlin ceasing ops: November passenger numbers: Germany overall: 16,8 Mio. PAX (+5,9%) STR 743.814 (+4,0%) FRA 5.007.817 (+21,1%) MUC 3.332.349 (+8,2%) DUS 1.573.922 (-9,1%) TXL 1.313.663 (-21,1%) HAM 1.268.397 (+5,1%) SXF 950.756 (-0,9%) CGN 867.887 (+5,3%) T...

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by mxaxai
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

https://youtu.be/8aKb6PlTO-k
Taurus:
https://youtu.be/ppi3Pp6RXNU
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For those interested in the Luftwaffe's current capabilities, they uploaded two videos regarding the EF's ground strike capability and the Taurus cruise missile (with live firing tests).
Eurofighter:
https://youtu.be/8aKb6PlTO-k
Taurus:
https://youtu.be/ppi3Pp6RXNU

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by mxaxai
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

So that means the following time line, if met: 2018 work on the tender and decision taken in principle to replace the Tornado 2019 tender 2020 decision reached 2021 Contract 2025 delivery of the first a/c Something like this? For an F-35 purchase I'd expect something like 2018 Decision whether to d...

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by mxaxai
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The first decision from the new government would be to decide if they even want to start the process to buy a replacement. One of the three parties of the future government coalition (CSU) has demanded a spending increase to 2% of the GDP, as epected by NATO. On the other hand, another future gover...

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by mxaxai
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF
Replies: 53
Views: 14323

Re: Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF

What’s the reasoning behind going with this 900ER type layout rather than a 757 like layout? [...] I know most airlines don’t use L2 on the A321. So that’s probably why. Exactly this. The L2 door is very, very close to the engine and most operators would rather not risk damaging it. It takes up spa...

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by mxaxai
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Russia is more than a threat to Ukraine. Are you attempting to solve that problem by just saying that Ukraine is not really "European"? Is Ukraine part of NATO? Is it an EU member? Would Germany be equally responsible to keep Russia out of Belarus, another european state? Isn't Russia its...

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by mxaxai
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1032
Views: 105766

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Again not to trying to perverse but - fuel transfer not hard? But rather than argue -let's definitely add it to the list of key things to do - find out and get good at it -cos they're gonna need to! How hard can it be? If you can have an automated cargo transfer vehicle that creates an airtight loc...

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by mxaxai
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1032
Views: 105766

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

As people have stated above I am sure there are still uses for the FH (certainly Military by their continued sponsorship of improvements).But it doesn't surprise me can it can take 16.2 metric tons of something to Mars.The question is what? Mr Boeing wants a race to Mars.Elon says 'do it'.Mmmmm. A ...

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by mxaxai
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 544
Views: 78099

Re: A400M Update

Yes of the C2, but it doesn't it do refuelling and dirt runways. It's a different aircraft. https://youtu.be/wIxy6Gt3QUA Of course its a different aircraft, that is why it can fly further while costing less. That is the whole point of the last page of discussion, that not every military needs those...

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by mxaxai
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 544
Views: 78099

Re: A400M Update

Thanks for the charts. Can you add some additional airframes to the payload chart please? Given the KC-390 and C-2 are valid competitors in the medium transport space it would be worth seeing their values graphically. Also the IL-76? I have found the time to generate the graphics: http://fs1.direct...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Safest Year in Aviation History?
Replies: 48
Views: 9598

Re: Safest Year in Aviation History?

One thing to remember: While only 32 people died in commercial aviation, the US alone recorded 347 fatalities in 209 crashes in general aviation 2017. https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=21274 I don't know if that's going to change soon, as two of the three major causes are pi...

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by mxaxai
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 672
Views: 81218

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Well, IATA deals with averages. This implies that the required return on shareholders funds from say IAG at 15% will result in a much higher than the quoted 10% of the cost of running an airline. Again, what you wrote makes no sense. When you wrote "We like to talk about efficiency and operati...

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 544
Views: 78099

Re: A400M Update

Wasn't the whole idea to build the A400M backlog for the European military and close the line afterwards? While Airbus mentioned export orders would be nice to have, it was not a requirement. Some times plans change. Costs are far higher than planned so export orders are more important than planned...

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 544
Views: 78099

Re: A400M Update

All those unfilled requirements and yet A400M has such slow sales that Airbus is considering reducing the production rate. Not considering, they are reducing it (20) in 2018 (15) and again in 2019 (11). Thanks for the info. The fact that the A400 is great doesn’t mean it’s the best for everything. ...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Air Berlin A 330 just cruising over Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 1224

Re: Former Air Berlin A 330 just cruising over Germany

Perhaps she underwent maintenance or cabin refitting and they're testing it. These are all leased planes, so even if no new operator is found there are still people who look after the jets and try to keep them flyable.

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI
Replies: 134
Views: 24887

Re: Who will win in the battle to takeover NIKI?

As a pair of very long shots, could a remnant of Niki be the third base for LEVEL using the Niki air operators certificate, and or other Vueling base for IAG? Interesting thought, hadn’t thought of this. I don’t see why some of NIKI’s slots couldn’t be used by Vueling or LEVEL, but I think IAG will...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 672
Views: 81218

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

12 years and out always struck me as not all that sensible (in most cases). A380's two biggest customers, EK and SQ, have been big users of leasing for a long time. They find advantages in tax treatment and prefer a young fleet. The various players crowed that the aircraft would be paid for by the ...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

W, you know all too well that both NK and Iran have threatened over and over to use WMD. Iran has boasted that they will wipe Israel off the map. The fact that you do not state the whole story is typical of your posts telling about your character. All this is irrelevant to the point here. If there ...

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by mxaxai
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worlds largest amphibious aircraft, maiden flight.
Replies: 15
Views: 2041

Re: Worlds largest amphibious aircraft, maiden flight.

johns624 wrote:
Wouldn't the largest be the Spruce Goose?

The spruce goose - afaik - did not have landing gear and was never intended to have one.

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14
Replies: 78
Views: 14128

Re: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14

Apparently, 6 offers were submitted, 5 of which are binding. The 4 confirmed bidders are: ⋅ Tuifly ⋅ Condor ⋅ Niki Lauda ⋅ IAG (presumably for Vueling) The decision must be made until end of December (!) and cash must be provided ASAP, although the authorities...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 24
Views: 2668

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

A bit weird looking. With this and the Osprey, if an engine separates (say, from an AA gun attack), can it still fly/glide, or would its equilibrium be too affected ? If an engine separates or one side stops providing lift this thing is toast. Just like any helicopter whose rotor detaches. If they'...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SSJ100 with new winglets
Replies: 33
Views: 6599

Re: SSJ100 with new winglets

The results of research and experiments showed that the installation of the saber-like tips allows to simultaneously improve the take-off and landing performance and decrease the fuel consumption for not less than 3%. Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning, but this statement is a littl...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SSJ100 with new winglets
Replies: 33
Views: 6599

Re: SSJ100 with new winglets

Looking nice! I flew the SSJ for the first time last week CPH-SVO and must say I really enjoyed the ride. Was very quiet and modern inside the cabin. You are kidding right? What was your seat number? I flew CityJet BRU-PRG and it was as comfortable and quiet as flying AN-2. I will avoid this plane ...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to reignite regional (P2P) flying in the US?
Replies: 30
Views: 4191

Re: How to reignite regional (P2P) flying in the US?

There are some other "problems" to regional P2P flying that aren't going away: ⋅ Cars have become a lot more comfortable to travel longer distances in. What would have been a 1-hour flight in the past is now a 3-hour drive. ⋅ The need to arrive far in advance, due to s...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Polish PKBWL release final report in Nov 2011 forced gear up landing
Replies: 17
Views: 2812

Re: Polish PKBWL released their final report release their final report in the Nov 2011 forced grear up landing

Pilots and ops hold the blame here in my view. Not that hard to see or check the breaker. If it were, there would have been mods to the panel, which is a probably a 1982 (or so) design, ages ago. That the ops did not back up the crew telling them to get on their knees (if necessary) and look for a ...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion finalizes AS2 design
Replies: 55
Views: 7376

Re: Aerion finalizes AS2 design

Looks very similar to the old F104 Starfighter. True. Only missing the wingtip fuel tanks and some nukes. I suppose it's the result of similar design objectives: Go quickly from A to B at an acceptable fuel burn, carrying a decent payload. Don't give a fuck about maneuverability or stealth. (Like a...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to reignite regional (P2P) flying in the US?
Replies: 30
Views: 4191

Re: How to reignite regional (P2P) flying in the US?

There are some other "problems" to regional P2P flying that aren't going away: ⋅ Cars have become a lot more comfortable to travel longer distances in. What would have been a 1-hour flight in the past is now a 3-hour drive. ⋅ The need to arrive far in advance, due to st...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 24917

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Plan B: German politicians are now looking at the possibility to open the airport without the terminal: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/hauptstadtflughafen-der-plan-b-fuer-den-ber/20708794.html That would be what we'd call in German an "Armutszeugnis", proof of incompetence and failure ...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Quatar buy 12 Rafale + 36 options
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

Re: Quatar buy 12 Rafale + 36 options

So they will have a fleet of 36 F-15E, 30 Rafales (+ 6 for training, + 36 options) and 24 Eurofighters.
Can they all use the same weapons or will they have to stock three different missile & bomb sets too?

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

However the loss tate of the air field attacks with JP233s was much higher. The loss rate became normal when the Tornado switched to medium altitude attacks using LGBs guided by either the first available targeting pods of by the old Bucs. Per the Wiki the greatest danger during those runs was AAA ...

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by mxaxai
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The RAF lost 6 Tornados in combat, flying about 1900 sorties........... If those Tornadoes had tried to fly the same missions as the 117s you would have lost your whole inventory. That's ridiculous. Tornados (and other non-stealth aircraft) were flying missions against heavily defended areas from d...

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by mxaxai
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Sources? You need a source for your claim " The British Tornado losses in First Gulf War, which were above average, were 0.4% of all Tornado sorties ." I ask for this because I find completely different numbers when I look online, including: "Britain's own field generals say ...... t...

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by mxaxai
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Soyuz with 19 satellites lost
Replies: 6
Views: 1925

Soyuz with 19 satellites lost

The Soyuz with a Fregat upper stage was carrying its prime payload, environmental and weather satellite Meteor M2-1, and 18 smaller satellites. It launched this morning from Vostochny, the second Soyuz to launch there. However, communications with the satellite could not be established and it is cur...

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by mxaxai
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I don't see a need for two crewmen to monitor UCAV operations. If we consider that these UCAVs are going to be operating semi-autonomously anyway the systems on aircraft such as the F-35 already fuse vast amounts of data together and present a total picture to the pilot. Feedback from aircrew alrea...

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by mxaxai
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do the OEMs Outsource?
Replies: 17
Views: 1396

Re: Why do the OEMs Outsource?

Last I looked, there are only 5 or so landing gear vendors left: Boeing, Honeywell, Fokker (yes, they're still around, and Fokker landing gear knows their stuff), ugh... there is one more (in Italy, IIRC) and Northrop (the old Douglas team was hired by Northrop). Lockheed is trying to form a team.....

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by mxaxai
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I agree that UCAVs will play a greater and more important role in future battlefields. I am not yet sure how fully autonomous operations will go with dynamic targeting. We have cruise and ballistic missiles that can engage pre-selected targets but how confident will a military be to release a UCAV ...

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by mxaxai
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Hence, I don’t see a strong export case for the new European Fighter if it becomes a larger longer ranged twin engine jet over existing Eurocanards. Additionally, I don’t expect France to agree to replace the Rafale with an airframe like that. The only factor I see changing the above assessment is ...

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by mxaxai
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Respectfully, this is why I struggle with a lot of posters on airliners.net commenting on the F-35. What you have stated is simply not true. For starters, the systems are not 20 years old, they are much less than that and the jet has several free avionics bays to take new electrical systems. Second...

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by mxaxai
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 959
Views: 156643

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

I read a different opinion this morning. The fares in the various fare categories did not increase, the high demand simply makes the low fare categories sold out sooner. The STR-HAM fare, is that one way or return? For example, a DB rail ticket 2d class without Bahncard can be around € 300 return. ...

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by mxaxai
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 665
Views: 57823

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Any enemy Air Force would absolutely have challenges trying to attack a European country. The problem is the Russians and others are less reliant on air superiority than we are. There have been no shortage of reports in simulation stating that a Russian army could easily overrun Eastern Europe. The...

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