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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Starship SN5 is doing a tank test now. No discombobulations yet.
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 ...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
BBLIMA wrote:Why to test a 737max-7 if the troubles occurred with two 737max-8?
Foreign hijackers are different than former heads of state. It will never happen.
Ahhhh, thank you, mxaxai and tommy1808!Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Here, you can play with the actual control interface of the Crew Dragon, and try to dock at the ISS.
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...Jump to post
MHG wrote:Its type certificate was cancelled by Airbus (which is the successor of the original holder of the TC).
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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?
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 ...Jump to post