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by flyingturtle
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C141 Starlifter
Replies: 16
Views: 723

Re: The C141 Starlifter

You mean they were extended after they had been built ;) Not too many types can boast of that achievement. I know some Tu-204s were shortened. I know they were lengthened after production. But I can't understand why the designers didn't think of cargo volume during the design... as in "aluminu...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C141 Starlifter
Replies: 16
Views: 723

Re: The C141 Starlifter

This seems to be one aircraft that’s rarely discussed here Not the most exotic in Av history but it was in AF service for many years Curious to know peoples opinions on this machine, particularly those who have worked on or flown it The most remarkable thing, IMO, is that this plane was lengthened ...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/2/21351 ... down-boats
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FGITD wrote:
Also probably the last time a splashdown occurs and there isn't a coast guard or navy cutter nearby, thanks to some idiots


Yep. One of the boats even sported a Trump flag.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/2/21351 ... down-boats

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

It's amazing, that Dragon Pick-Up Boat.

I assume it's specifically designed for all the post-splash procedures, and they can carry all the necessary tools in a single place. Boeing has the material on several trucks.

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm looking forward to the splashy event!

Though... something that really discomforts me is that Bob and Doug have passed astronaut selection. They must be insane. Nobody in his right mind would want to return to earth in 2020.

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 40
Views: 6617

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

No serious person thinks Continental was responsible. A320s and 777s roll over FOD (Foreign Object Damage — but the acronym is also used to describe the actual object) all the time and don’t crash to earth in flames. The aircraft was overweight, overfuelled (actually the most serious contributory f...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 40
Views: 6617

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the later kevlar fuel tank reinforcement was a de-facto admission that the earlier design was inadequate. CO deserves blame for not supervising its mechanics adequately but that's IMO a different thing than not dealing with a serious design problem. The unprot...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11529

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

In the past few days I read about the Austrian decisions whether to replace their Typhoons or not. Since a very long time, Austria depends on it neutrality and its treaties to "defend" itself. For example, during the Cold War Austria just had Soviet safety guarantees, and the Austrian neut...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover
Replies: 15
Views: 854

Re: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover

That is the launch window SpaceX/Musk is targeting for his first Mars mission. No real details yet that I know of. Hmm... I like Musk and all, but I'll be very impressed if he launches anything to Mars before 2030, especially if he plans on using Starship. He'll just use the Starship hull as a hous...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MLB Players Kneeling
Replies: 112
Views: 3648

Re: MLB Players Kneeling

extender wrote:
Keep the politics out of sports, simple enough.


I'm very afraid of athletes who are blind to political issues. Sports cannot and should not happen in a vacuum.

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MLB Players Kneeling
Replies: 112
Views: 3648

Re: MLB Players Kneeling

I'll just state, for the record, that kneeling is a sign of the deepest respect. It has always been that way. Except for the ahistorical nincompoops. The so-called "patriots" are just angry that some people dare to speak out for people that are weaker, more vulnerable and less well off. In...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover
Replies: 15
Views: 854

Re: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover

As the probe was launched by the Japanese I expect they don't need a lot of control until it gets closer to Mars, at which point their current number seems sufficient. Ironically, the (necessarily much larger) Japanese control center was not shown during the webcast. As the Mars orbiter was built b...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover
Replies: 15
Views: 854

Re: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover

So the Saudis first, then the Chines and within a week the USA.... who will gett there first? The Americans, when they find the lever for ludicrous speed. :crowded: :highfive: The Emirates (not Saudi...) had a funny control center. Maybe six people in a small room with four desks. A hellish nightma...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Would the KC-25/33 been about to augment the KC-10?
Replies: 6
Views: 898

Re: Would the KC-25/33 been about to augment the KC-10?

https://www.avgeekery.com/kc-747-the-too-big-tanker/ has a picture of an U.S. 747 refuelling an Iran Air Force 747. And a video of a 747 refuelling F-111, B-52 and F-4, among others. https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-worlds-only-kc-747-tanker-is-flown-by-the-iranian-a-1581314071 is another page ...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 13864

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

https://twitter.com/Osinttechnical <-- this twitter account has some pictures from inside the gutted ship.
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Just a few hours ago, the firefighters aboard USS Bonhomme Richard were evacuated, because the ship began to list towards the pier.

https://twitter.com/Osinttechnical <-- this twitter account has some pictures from inside the gutted ship.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 13864

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

OK, so standard on-board items. If it's been burning for 2 days in dock, with added assistance of land based fire fighting crews and fire fighting tugboats, what chances of survival would it have if this incident had happened out in the open ocean? Scary thought. A ship in maintenance is full of di...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 13864

Re: USS Bonhomme on fire in SanDiego port

It was a class A fire apparently, not B so not that bad. Still, not sure why we need 8 amphibious assault ships nowadays, having not performed such a mission in over 70 years. Due to their large belly space and their flight deck, I guess they're the most versatile ships the US Navy has. These ships...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 13864

Re: USS Bonhomme on fire in SanDiego port

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3 ... -the-night
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This nightly video shows the tower on fire. That's the place where the really expensive stuff is - the radars, comms equipment...

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3 ... -the-night

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to use jet fuel made from captured carbon dioxide
Replies: 24
Views: 2751

Re: Air Transat to use jet fuel made from captured carbon dioxide

In case anyone is wondering the process uses renewable electricity (I suppose solar or hydro) to break water into O2 and H2 then combine the H2 with CO2 to make hydrocarbons. There is a lot of hydro power in Canada. Not sure about year round solar in the Great White North. Is there much geothermal ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 27
Views: 2059

Re: A321XLR MRTT

Other A321-sized tankers are the KC-130 and the A400M but those have the additional advantage that they can refuel helicopters and are often bought specifically for that role. Plus landing and taking off from runways not worthy of the name, which may come with the territory those helicopters are de...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 264
Views: 44479

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

BBLIMA wrote:
Why to test a 737max-7 if the troubles occurred with two 737max-8?


AFAIK the 7 is the normal 737 MAX test plane for Boeing. It has lots of instrumentation already on board.

Secondly: The shifted center of lift (due to the larger engines) is worse on the shorter 7 than on the longer 8, 9 or 10.

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thoughts on Gun Control
Replies: 120
Views: 4761

Re: Thoughts on Gun Control

The discussion about this is so irrational that we can firmly and with surety say: There is a cult around the guns.

Thus, I would use the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to prevent the United States from making any laws benefitting such a cult.

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Launch was successful. The sound effects are psychedelic. I should cut down on my LSD.

Edit: I had the video open on two browser tabs.

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help
Replies: 22
Views: 1034

Re: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help

LabQuest wrote:

Foreign hijackers are different than former heads of state. It will never happen.


The U.S. imprisoned the former head of state of Liberia, for example.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help
Replies: 22
Views: 1034

Re: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help

Ah, the advantages of not being a member of the ICC. Iraq (under US pressure) and Iran are not ratification parties of the ICC. Buuuuuut... the ICC is involved when a crime happens in a ratifying member, such as Afghanistan. The US Prezidump can make waah-wahh-waaah as long as he wants. Pretty sure...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Planeflyer wrote:
What is SpaceX market share for launch services?


2017: 23% of all launches worldwide were Falcon 9 ones

Among commercial launches, SpaceX has a market share of 50 to 65%, depending on how recent the data are.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK government seeking to repurpose OneWeb satellites for SatNav
Replies: 12
Views: 987

Re: UK government seeking to repurpose OneWeb satellites for SatNav

If the goal is largely to have an independent precision targeting capacity for the boomers one satellite in view will do. You only need four to get a 4D fix if the ground device doesn't have a precise IMU/clock. Would just take a few min instead of a few seconds Do you think along the lines of COSP...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK government seeking to repurpose OneWeb satellites for SatNav
Replies: 12
Views: 987

UK government seeking to repurpose OneWeb satellites for SatNav

OneWeb being a British company, being registered in the UK and having an UK telecommunication license, is in government debates - first as a rescue package for the ailing company, and secondly, as a base for introducing UK's own satellite navigation. When the UK leaves the EU, it will not have any s...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4384

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

but won't happen due to the fears of China taking over trade and to exploit rare earth and other mineral wealth It would be so much better if the US government would clearly state a goal before waging war, and be willing to achieve them, no matter how many bodies have to be flown home. Without that...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

https://iss-sim.spacex.com/
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Here, you can play with the actual control interface of the Crew Dragon, and try to dock at the ISS.

https://iss-sim.spacex.com/

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13896

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

Ooof. Can I have a license and five pounds of type ratings, please?

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Almost 1 in 3 pilots in Pakistan hold fake licenses
Replies: 1
Views: 1009

Almost 1 in 3 pilots in Pakistan hold fake licenses

Pakistan has 860 active pilots that are employed by its domestic airlines... and 262 of them hold fake licenses. They just paid another person to take the exams. The Pakistani authorities found this in the aftermath of the Karachi crash. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/25/business/pakistan-fake-pilo...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would it take to revive an aircraft stored at a museum?
Replies: 19
Views: 3015

Re: What would it take to revive an aircraft stored at a museum?

MHG wrote:
Its type certificate was cancelled by Airbus (which is the successor of the original holder of the TC).


Could somebody with no connections to either Airbus, BAC or Aérospatiale apply for a new type certificate?

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Celestial Nav - Sextant Ports
Replies: 16
Views: 1973

Re: Celestial Nav - Sextant Ports

I didn't know the USN reinstated celestial navigation courses. That said, when you see how easily jammed GPS can be, especially in a conflict area, it might still be a valuable skill for military pilots. https://www.npr.org/2016/02/22/467210492/u-s-navy-brings-back-navigation-by-the-stars-for-offic...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Celestial Nav - Sextant Ports
Replies: 16
Views: 1973

Re: Celestial Nav - Sextant Ports

Somebody on a.nut said that some crews attached the hose of a vacuum cleaner to the sextant port... 2. The FAA Nav booklet has it but how do you actually do it while flying at those speeds? That's not so much of a problem. You have watches... and celestial navigation gives you a better precision tha...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 3612

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

A turret-mounted gun would be better to enforce the 6 ft of social distancing.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Reading something about the ISS, I learned that one of the crucial modules was neither completed nor flown to the ISS. It would have allowed to subject 0.62 cm large objects to various accelerations from 0 to 2 g, allowing either alternate experiments (zero gravity, earth gravity) or performing the ...

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 31, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

During the next minutes, the astronaughties Bob and Doug will be welcomed to the ISS. There is a live feed on the SpaceX website. I found a pretty good size piece 1200 feet from the pad. If you have patience enough, you could build a starhopper from the things you find. I asked the SpaceX crew clean...

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 31, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Nomadd wrote:
I found a pretty good size piece 1200 feet from the pad.


If you have patience enough, you could build a starhopper from the things you find.

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by flyingturtle
Sat May 30, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

That was great to watch. Did you catch Bob Behnken grabbing for the dinosaur balloon? The presumed high-tech Gravity Assessment Device?

It has been a long journey... Elon Musk smoking a joint, then the launch escape system exploding, but then SpaceX still beat Boeing.

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by flyingturtle
Fri May 29, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -

According to Wikipedia (hey, this is a.net) air-breathing propulsion systems are used for cruise missiles Yes, it goes back to the Bloodhound missile, which entered service in 1958. It used an air-breathing ramjet. The much older German V1 was air-breathing too. Is loitering allowed before a strike...

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 28, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

LightningZ71 wrote:
While it may seem negligible,
Nomadd wrote:
that stress is a major consideration.
mxaxai wrote:
Imagine going over a speed bump at 100 km/h vs at 10 km/h.


Thank you all, this really clears it up!

/me goes back to whacking Kerbals and planning rescue missions

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 28, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Interesting project, and I wonder if will be economically feasible. But after all the costs have been sunk and the technology developed, there's not much more to worry - than actually getting the thing into orbit and prove the payload capacity/delivery, to showcase the thing to customers. But then I...

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 28, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

What's exactly the danger to the rokkit when it flies through bad weather? - lightning --> electronics on board may get spunky, and then you have the fuel - clouds --> cameras don't get a good view, maybe also rain/hail - windshear --> ? The latter I don't really get. Important is the windshear. But...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 27, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Air Force 1 just flew by.

Crew Demo 2 is doomed...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 26, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Tomorrow is the great day...

...and I wondered if Elon Musk ever had any idea for a cheap space station, basically renting out the station for material sciences and biomedical research. Could they build a centipede of Cargo/Crew Dragons, each with a Clampo-O-Tron Docking Port at the fore and aft end?

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 19, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 329
Views: 27651

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Nomadd wrote:
Went well.
That was streamed over my cracked Galaxy S7.


Mr. Musk, give this man a new phone

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 19, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Thread locked
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

Re: Thread locked

As a referee, are you telling me that you'd simply let a player get away with it after wilfully breaking the rules? No. That's what penalties are for. It depends on the exact circumstances. If I sanctioned everything I'm seeing, they'd surely hate me. I try not to be a dick, and they try not to be ...

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