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by ThePointblank
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters

How were the aircraft disabled? Short of blowing them up, I wouldn't be surprised to see some fly again. Iran is still flying some F-14s from the 1970s with zero US support. Avionics and anything remotely sensitive were smashed, structural elements had holes cut into them, landing gear were deliber...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 1962
Views: 294927

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

Had an enlightening presentation and briefing from one of my freight forwarder account managers about the current state of the air cargo market and the immediate future prospects. From my notes and the general tone of the briefing, air cargo in and out of Asia-Pacific, particularly China is badly s...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 1962
Views: 294927

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

Had an enlightening presentation and briefing from one of my freight forwarder account managers about the current state of the air cargo market and the immediate future prospects. From my notes and the general tone of the briefing, air cargo in and out of Asia-Pacific, particularly China is badly sc...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205404

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The US is moving towards a mandatory vaccine or weekly testing requirement for any employer with more than 100 employees: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/business/osha-vaccine-biden-mandate.html New federal safety regulations that call for businesses with more than 100 workers to require vaccinat...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205404

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

But if it's for variants, will there have to be jab #5 a few months later to reinforce jab #4? I expect we will get a combined flu/coronavirus booster soon, perhaps two initially. Moderna and NovaVax are developing combined doses, for 2022 flu jabs: https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6169305 The CDC noted de...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Sep 09, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters

Interestingly, most of these aircraft seem to belong to the (effectively defunct) Afghan Air Force. The US would likely not have flown these back to the US or anywhere else in any case... They didn't belong to them. I suppose the Afghan Air Force either lacked the crews to fly them out like the res...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Sep 09, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 118
Views: 45603

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

The IAI production line in Israel for F-16 wings has been reopened for the renewed demand for F-16's: https://www.aero-mag.com/f-16-wing-production-08092021 An assembly line originally established in the 1980s for F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin has resumed production at Israel Aerospace Industries (...

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by ThePointblank
Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters

Here's a list based on photos on what's left behind and is supposedly disabled. Currently 70 aircraft accounted for https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/09/list-of-aircraft-and-helicopters.html Interestingly, most of these aircraft seem to belong to the (effectively defunct) Afghan Air Force. The US ...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 757 Survival
Replies: 20
Views: 1922

Re: 757 Survival

They briefly considered the 757 as a P-3 Orion replacement under the P-7 program. The alternative were a modified P-3 or a variant of the MD-90; in the end, they chose the modified P-3, before the program was cancelled due to cost overruns.

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by ThePointblank
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow criticises Border Force for 'unacceptable' queues
Replies: 10
Views: 1567

Re: Heathrow criticises Border Force for 'unacceptable' queues

It is likely that the UK Border Force also reassigned their airport staff to help other sections with enforcement, such as port screening, mail room screening, road screening, etc during the early phases of the pandemic, and they will need to reassign staff back to the airports.

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by ThePointblank
Sat Sep 04, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement 747 Supertanker expected enter service in 2022
Replies: 9
Views: 3739

Re: Replacement 747 Supertanker expected enter service in 2022

Not bloody likely. The issue is with the system, not the aircraft. The retardant drop mechanism for the 747 Supertanker is a pressurized system, not a gravity drop system. This means that the aircraft can't disperse retardant effectively under certain conditions, and it can't make use of it's entire...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 75
Views: 24865

Re: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread

Virgin Galactic has been grounded by the FAA until further notice as they busted their ATC clearance during their July 11th flight: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/02/faa-grounds-virgin-galactic-spacecraft-branson-launch-investigation.html The Federal Aviation Administration grounded Virgin Galactic on...

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by ThePointblank
Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First C-130J-30 for Germany painted
Replies: 13
Views: 3048

Re: First C-130J-30 for Germany painted

Sorry if this is off topic but what is Lockheed Martin's long term plan for the Hercules ? Is the J model the end of the line or might we see a modernized version with a new power plant, new wing and upgraded avionics enter service at some point in the future ? I wondered the same. Its been 22 year...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10484

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

A baby girl was born onboard a USAF C-17 as the mother went in to labour while on final descent to Ramstein Air Base, Germany: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/08/25/afghan-baby-born-on-c-17-bound-for-germany-named-reach-after-the-jets-call-sign/ When a C-17 Globemaster, cal...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

It appears Blue Origin is a major player in deforestation because they are in the middle of trying to drown NASA in paperwork related to their court battle: https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1431299991142809602?s=19 NASA "reluctantly agrees" to extend the stay on SpaceX's HLS contract ...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Aug 26, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33766

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

The big problem is the same as their airliner development and production problems. Figuring out how such bonehead issues happen in the first place. And that seems to be beyond them. Interestingly, if you talk with people inside the organization, they can give you the hair, teeth and eyeballs of the...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205404

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

India has given emergency authorization to the ZyCoV-D vaccine for people over 12 years old, which is a DNA-based vaccine given in a 3 dose regime: https://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSKBN2FL1FN BENGALURU (Reuters) -India's drug regulator has granted emergency use approval for Zydus Cadila's ...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205404

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I cropped some points here to respond to. - Does the vaccine actually stop the spread in any meaningful way? From the studies it appears the viral load is the same in both unvaccinated and vaccinated in the upper respiratory tract and in the vaccinated the immune response takes over once the virus ...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

It appears there is an exodus of high level talent from Blue Origin, with at least 16 senior and key people leaving the company since Bezos' flight this summer: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/20/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-losing-top-talent-during-nasa-lander-fight.html Jeff Bezos flew to space late last m...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205404

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Reports are coming in that full FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine could be as soon as this upcoming Monday: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/report-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-may-get-full-fda-approval-monday/ The Food and Drug Administration is aiming to issue full regulatory approval of Pfiz...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 92
Views: 13764

Re: Be-200 crashes in Turkey

If you listen to some on this site (and I don't pretend to know better) aerial firefighting is a waste of time. Aerial firefighting is meant to slow down the rate of movement of a fire, so firefighters on the ground can build control lines to contain the fire. Once the fire is contained, they let i...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

Again, Eric Berger at Ars Technica has an excellent scoop as to how employees over at Blue Origin and NASA are feeling, and it appears that the recent actions of senior management at Blue Origin has generated a ton of ill-will: We could see an exodus of employees from Blue Origin towards other comp...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33766

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

And it looks like Starliner's launch is likely going to get pushed to next year: Step 1: extend hand in front of head Step 2: place palm over face Step 3: ffs... I wonder if ULA gets compensated for readying a booster on the pad for nothing. That can't be cheap. They can repurpose the first stage, ...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

Again, Eric Berger at Ars Technica has an excellent scoop as to how employees over at Blue Origin and NASA are feeling, and it appears that the recent actions of senior management at Blue Origin has generated a ton of ill-will: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/heres-why-blue-origin-thinks-it-...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Aug 16, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

And Blue Origin has sued NASA: https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2021/8/16/22623022/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-sue-nasa-lawsuit-hls-lunar-lander Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin brought its fight against NASA’s Moon program to federal court on Monday, doubling down on accusations that the agenc...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Aug 16, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33766

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

This is b-a-d bad for Boeing. It’s one thing to delay the launch a few days or weeks to get the problem sorted. But this is now like taking a car back to the factory because allegedly a tire is leaking. There has to be more to it than some unresponsive valves. You might be right that there is more ...

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by ThePointblank
Sun Aug 15, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33766

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

And it looks like Starliner's launch is likely going to get pushed to next year: Step 1: extend hand in front of head Step 2: place palm over face Step 3: ffs... I wonder if ULA gets compensated for readying a booster on the pad for nothing. That can't be cheap. They can repurpose the first stage, ...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Aug 14, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42070

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

bennett123 wrote:
As you say, if the Afghan Army is less well trained than the Taleb, that does raise further questions.

Lack of formal education, poor quality of candidates, and tribal allegiances all play a significant factor in the quality of the Afghan Army.

That, and a sprinkling of corruption.

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by ThePointblank
Fri Aug 13, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33766

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Starliner is further delayed. "We've determined #Starliner will return to our factory for deeper-level troubleshooting of four propulsion system valves. With @NASA , we've decided to stand down for this launch window to make way for other national priority missions." https://twitter.com/B...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Aug 12, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

Now it is escalating to veiled threats of a lawsuit from Blue Origin: https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/status/1425592931461832715 A Blue Origin spokesperson I spoke with today left open the possibility of taking the HLS fight to the Court of Federal Claims and Bob Smith said in a statement to the P...

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by ThePointblank
Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

It seems like Blue Origin is just not giving up even after having their GAO protest denied, and the full GAO decision was released: https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/status/1425433746757595141 Blue Origin just not giving up on the HLS program. Says the GAO’s decision highlights issues that “will pre...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Ground Attack Aircraft before 1977
Replies: 42
Views: 2552

Re: Best Ground Attack Aircraft before 1977

It might be the case that the A-7 looks better on paper, with just stats but that is never the whole story. Yet for all that, in a 1978 bombing exercise the 'dumb' RAF Jaguars did better than the A-7's, that is an exercise, both in bombs on target and avoiding the USAFE F-5E Aggressor unit in the U...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Prescreen - ThePointblank
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Re: Prescreen - ThePointblank

Made a number of changes per your comments, Crosswind: https://i.imgur.com/aMmo01b.jpg https://i.imgur.com/OyfAG6r.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LquKsty.jpg https://i.imgur.com/4uC9gZX.jpg https://i.imgur.com/iyaEOLV.jpg

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by ThePointblank
Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33766

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Ongoing issues with Starliner's service module being worked on by Boeing, which is pushing back the launch date: https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/1424796228131360770 Teams continue to work on Starliner's service module propulsion system inside of @ULALaunch's Vertical Integration Facility....

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by ThePointblank
Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Ground Attack Aircraft before 1977
Replies: 42
Views: 2552

Re: Best Ground Attack Aircraft before 1977

A-7 Corsair II. Was one of the most advanced ground attack aircraft, with advanced (for the time) navigation & autopilot system, advanced electronics that allowed for extremely accurate bomb drops, and had a decent turn of speed so it could get in and out quickly. I'm interested. How did this e...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Aug 09, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Ground Attack Aircraft before 1977
Replies: 42
Views: 2552

Re: Best Ground Attack Aircraft before 1977

A-7 Corsair II. Was one of the most advanced ground attack aircraft, with advanced (for the time) navigation & autopilot system, advanced electronics that allowed for extremely accurate bomb drops, and had a decent turn of speed so it could get in and out quickly.

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by ThePointblank
Mon Aug 09, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Prescreen - ThePointblank
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Prescreen - ThePointblank

Looking for prescreen opinions on the following photos: https://i.imgur.com/8LE1b8Y.jpg https://i.imgur.com/f9GnuOM.jpg https://i.imgur.com/PjkE8AN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/08GCmqF.jpg https://i.imgur.com/QFdDSN0.jpg Advice on any recommended adjustments to the photos are welcomed; I'm using a new ca...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Aug 06, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14159

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

That's worse than 30+ years of technological stagnancy, its 30+ years of technological reversal. How is that even possible? Also, its not like the AL-41F1 was a sham- its performance was verified during MiG-25 testing. Same manufacturer for both engines too. Doesn't add up. Because the thrust figur...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Aug 05, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33766

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Eric Berger over at Ars Technica has a story on the likely reason why Blue Origin's BE-4 engines are late and thus holding up development of ULA's Vulcan launcher: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/blue-origins-powerful-be-4-engine-is-more-than-four-years-late-heres-why/ After more than four y...

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by ThePointblank
Sun Aug 01, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4250

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

The biggest module with the ISS is the Japanese Kibo module, and while it was launched with the Space Shuttle, it will fit within the fairing for Vulcan Centaur with the 70ft fairing. Most of the other modules can fit in the Delta IV with the 62.7ft long fairing. Falcon's fairing is just a bit too s...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 423
Views: 56336

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Blue Origin's protest of the SpaceX award of the Human Landing System contract has been denied: https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/30/22602082/nasa-gao-spacex-blue-origin-dynetics-lunar-lander Blue Origin’s protest against NASA’s decision to pick just one company to build the country’s first human luna...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Nauka and ISS Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 1163

Nauka and ISS Problems

After a very delayed launch, plus issues getting and docking the newest Russian module, Nauka to the ISS, Nauka had an uncommanded thrusters firing today, causing the ISS to move out of orientation: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2021/07/29/space-station-stable-after-earlier-unplanned-mlm-thrus...

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by ThePointblank
Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics
Replies: 46
Views: 2711

Re: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics

Given that it's been widely reported that she's having some mental health issues, it seems more than a little harsh to tell her to "suck it up". I just feel Simone Biles isn't going to do something like this unless something is really amiss. I actually think something deeper is going on. ...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

The analysis I've read is that what screwed Blue Origin up is that NASA wanted the bidders themselves to invest in their Lunar landers, with NASA being a paying customer, but ideally not the ONLY customer. SpaceX was willing to play by NASA's requirements, as they were already investing in their Sta...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 423
Views: 56336

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

If I remember correctly they wanted to use the SLS to launch the next Jupiter probe. I guess that $ 2 billion per launch was just way too much. Hopefully with SpaceX and their much cheaper FH and Starship NASA will be able to send more probes to the outer solar system https://spacenews.com/cost-gro...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cost of adding new weapons to the F-35
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: Cost of adding new weapons to the F-35

Does this mean that 1) No one has made a universal interface before 2) The F-35 does not have one yet As to (1) ... why not. It seems a very obvious idea. As to (2), OMG the F-35 software development is painful! 1. No one has before. However, Lockheed Martin demonstrated a very early proof of conce...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cost of adding new weapons to the F-35
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: Cost of adding new weapons to the F-35

Integration between a weapon and an aircraft often requires custom software interfaces to be developed, which then needs lengthy validation and certification work to ensure the software modifications done to the aircraft won't affect other systems. The F-35 is expected to come out with the Universa...

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by ThePointblank
Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cost of adding new weapons to the F-35
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: Cost of adding new weapons to the F-35

Integration between a weapon and an aircraft often requires custom software interfaces to be developed, which then needs lengthy validation and certification work to ensure the software modifications done to the aircraft won't affect other systems. The F-35 is expected to come out with the Universal...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Revisiting Super Hornet versus F14
Replies: 32
Views: 5383

Re: Revisiting Super Hornet versus F14

Considering that, typically, we see at least two of the pylons filled with drop tanks, the proposed addition of CFTs could have been coupled with the disuse of two of the pylons to allow for improved airflow. I wonder if, when paired with the centerline fuel tank /IRST module, it could have made fo...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada
Replies: 38
Views: 3157

Re: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada

More than 160 additional unmarked grave sites have been found at another Residential school near Vancouver Island: https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/07/12/bc-unmarked-graves-kuper-island/ PENELAKUT (NEWS 1130) — The Penelakut Tribe has confirmed more than 160 unmarked, undocumented graves at the sit...

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