Actually Starliner is built to be launcher-agnostic, it can fly on F9 just as easily as Atlas or Vulcan. Whereas Crew Dragon is vertically integrated and can only fly on F9. That said, it's unlikely there would be a need for either to fly on the other's launcher, unless there is a grounding issue. ...Jump to post
I’ve asked this before but how hard would it be to integrate the Starliner on an F9, if Blue Origin continues to just deliver vapor-ware engines? It can (and will) be done if somebody provides the necessary truckload of money. But: Is it worth the effort? What do we gain from the Starliner on F9? T...Jump to post
And even on the trains which are supposedly all-reserved, the policy is that the train must be prepared to stop at any station on the schedule just in case a prospective passenger was accidentally left off due to a computer glitch or similar. Enroute stops are, for the most part, "git 'er done...Jump to post
What is the cost per launch comparison? What is NASA, ESA or private companies paying for a seat / launch? I mean SpaceX Crew Dragon vs Boeing Starliner. A Falcon 9 launch alone can be ordered for 65 million $, but add to that the capsule maintenance, refurbishment, the crucial keep-those-humans-al...Jump to post
Time to develop a full proof system where the cockpit door cant be locked when there is only one pilot on deck. The prevailing thought is that the single pilot in the cockpit must be able to lock the door - and he also must be able to override the lock when the correct code is entered. Likewise, a ...Jump to post
AFAIK, for business travellers there are even special tickets that allow them to take any flight back, provided it is on the same airline. It can be useful when a meeting has taken a much longer (or a much shorter) time. Only after checking in, the airline knows anything about his changed travel pl...Jump to post
Jalap wrote:Can we even find any dictator that got overthrown because of a failed military operation?
AFAIK, for business travellers there are even special tickets that allow them to take any flight back, provided it is on the same airline. It can be useful when a meeting has taken a much longer (or a much shorter) time. Only after checking in, the airline knows anything about his changed travel pla...Jump to post
What law is that about invading The Hague? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Service-Members%27_Protection_Act#:~:text=The%20American%20Service%2DMembers'%20Protection,elected%20and%20appointed%20officials%20of H.R. 4775, 116 Stat. 820, enacted August 2, 2002), known informally as The Hague In...Jump to post
Just something about the make-up of the Russian army: Russia has conscription. But those people who are better connected and life in St. Petersburg or Moscow, they can elect to serve their two years of service in the FSB interior secret service. They can also join the paramilitary (Rosgvardia). Ther...Jump to post
I would be okay with you being free that time that you would otherwise spend tutoring me, but I would not be okay with you tutoring another student in my place during that time and charge him/her as well as me. That means you can sell the same time twice, once to me and once to the other student. I...Jump to post
If you don't check in by the cut off time, they cancel your reserved seat and possibly assign it to someone else. But should they have that right? After all you paid for that seat, regardless if you use it or not. If you don't use it, you paid for that seat to be empty. Not for it to be reassigned....Jump to post
In some cases, airlines have to do the job of immigration authorities. If a passenger is not allowed to enter the destination country ("inadmissible persons"), the airline has to bring him back... and that will cost the airline. A better question would be why everything in an airport is so...Jump to post
It's due to their offering asylum to people Turkey calls terrorists. Can we boot out Turkey? Probably a move to negotiate concessions. You would think NATO would be more willing to trade Sweden and Finland for Turkey even of it means losing control of the Bosporus Straight. And Turkey knows it. bt ...Jump to post
Putin reacts in a quite disheveled way after Finland and Sweden expressed their wish to join NATO. If these two countries joining NATO is soooo terrible for Russia... ...I propose a deal: "Dear Vladimir: We peace-loving Scandinavians will not join NATO if you'll withdraw all your troops from Uk...Jump to post
They should be moving back to Everett but seemingly the only thing Boeing learnd from the max fiasco was that that they need to do more lobbying. That's my thought, too. Also: Why are the company execs moving closer to the DC area? If you're building airplanes for a living, your company should be p...Jump to post
Well, that and the Soviets deliberately chose artillery dimensions that are 1 or 2 mm different because they felt the same way. Are artillery shells actually interchangeable between the guns, if the diameter of the round is the same? Would it just require some experimental research (e.g. different ...Jump to post
Seems like a good place for it: Russia/ROC earns the world record record at turret-tossing. https://en.defence-ua.com/news/russias_t_72b3_turret_toss_world_record_100m_up_in_the_sky_video-2885.html Congrats to the Russian Olympic Committee! And here's another incredible thing. A freedom-loving dron...Jump to post
Not aviation-related, but I like the answers given by Roland Bartetzko on Quora. German paratrooper, attended both German and French commando courses, and then fought in ex-Yugoslavia. Really insightful when it comes to infantry, their training and tactics. Nowadays he's managing things in Ukraine, ...Jump to post
Uh-oh. You remember the footage of rescued Russian sailors from the Moskva, standing in ranks and files? Apparently, a sailor's family sent Radio Free Europe a photo which was taken long before the Moskva sinking. And it appears to be a still frame from the very same video. The family reports that h...Jump to post
Only in hindsight we know the B-2 was not needed. But at that time, it was the correct decision. Then, we didn't know that the Soviet Union would eventually collapse. It was just good luck that historical events made the B-2 jobless, while many older aircraft soldier on. The military does not think ...Jump to post
TheSonntag wrote:some Italien Tornados were flying sorties in Germany, but were crossin Switzerland on the way. I do not know whether this is SOP or something special.
This is wrong on several levels. I simply wrote what happened and you use tons of "if"s and "would"s to fabricate a history that supports your strange narrative. Using the same number of ifs and woulds I could create a scenario, in which the pope would have become king of Switze...Jump to post
"Hated" is too strong. More realistic would be diplomatic tensions. But the mood already changed in 1946 by this event and later by this event. Toni Spinas (one of the Swiss mountaineers, who was brought to the crash site to retrieve the deads) personally sat on my grand parents kitchen t...Jump to post
OK. But that seems bad. I *want* the government to consider price .. and in many cases price seems very important. Lower taxes, more money for poor people or extra tanks, etc. But if the contractor almost always underbids, and the government has to pay the excess .. that *ought* to go to supplier r...Jump to post
Also the problem is the absolute crap under estimates that every defense contractor always provides. They give an estimated price, and almost always it’s an under bid. If the problem was uncertainty, then some estimate would be too high and other estimate would be too low. But that’s not what happe...Jump to post
You can isolate the text, and use https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ - but maybe that Airbus font was really, really, really, really custom-designed, and not intended for any widespread use. With the blue-ish "AIRBUS" you get two fonts, Avalors Regular (especially the R and the B), and A...Jump to post
Rocket Lab has successfully retrieved the booster!
Elon Musk is gonna need a bigger chopper...
Hello. This reminds me of the Hayden Bushmaster. In 1953 Bill Stout announced that a new company would build an updated version of the 1920s Ford Tri-Motor. Early the following year Stout secured exclusive rights to the original Ford Tri-Motor blueprints, flight test, stress and basic load data. In...Jump to post
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. I'd make the argument that the potential value of a true neutral state is more valuable to terminating conflicts in the future than the potential war making potential of a small European state. At some point, this war a...Jump to post
Yes. Our neutrality means that in a conflict, Swiss companies have to offer armament to all conflict parties - or to none of them. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. This could sum up our shitty stance in many conflicts. We even tried to stay as "ne...Jump to post
Rather a lot of people when considering Swiss 'neutrality' also think 'stashed looted Nazi gold'. A terrible conflict, they did well out of. Not cooperative either for a long time when sources for the loot were found, another aspect of 'neutrality'? The Swiss neutrality didn't prevent them from pro...Jump to post
I'm between worried and clueless about the whole project. Twitter has always struggled to turn in a profit. The interest payments Musk has to dole out are higher than Twitter's revenue. And a "free speech" platform? Welp. Wake me up when Twitter allows: - nudity - pornography - speech supp...Jump to post
Even our so-called neutral neighbors refuse to supply ammunition for the "cheetah" is more than disappointing. Giving dictators the opportunity to invest their blood-smeared money in Switzerland without hesitation sucks. What a shame !!! I can assure you it is not that bad. Switzerland is...Jump to post
Buying Twitter is an idiotic move if Elon doesn't re-name it to...
An additional factor is that Switzerland really, really needs the EU's goodwill because there are important Swiss-EU negotiations in the coming years. And after the Brexit fiasco, Brussels does not have time for half-hearted proposals. The previous treaties have made Switzerland a de facto EU member...Jump to post
With the confirmation that in addition to MANPADS and triple launcher Starstreaks, the UK is now sending the 8 round launcher on the Stormer armoured vehicle, the Ukrainians will have an under armour short ranged AD system with great mobility. Meanwhile, maybe Germany pull some Leo 2 MBT's out of s...Jump to post
You heard about the German Marder infantry fighting vehicles not being given to Ukraine because its 20 mm gun uses Swiss ammo that the Swiss government can block from sales to third countries, innit? Apparently, that was a misunderstanding. Now... the Swiss gubbermint is blocking the German anti-air...Jump to post
After yesterday's (Monday) attack on the state security ministry in Tiraspol, explosions hit the radio tower in Russia-backed Transnistria today https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/ukraine-invasion-russia-backed-transnistria-moldova-explosions-2648006 Maybe it's time for Moldavia to drive the Rus...Jump to post
Well, real or not, this made me laugh! From the linked article: "We remind you that fragments of the sunken flagship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation gained the status of the object of the underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine and was registered under number 2064." OMG! ...Jump to post
Putin didn't look terribly healthy and focused when he attended Easter Mass in Москвa.
A few more scenes, from Switzerland's 20 Minuten: https://www.20min.ch/video/putin-video- ... 6424084150
You would have thought in this modern day of mass media, brainwashing would be harder. Turns out it is just as easy today as it was in the 1930's. bt I'm not sure if it's about brainwashing, in Russia. A large majority of the > 40 year old people inform themselves by TV. And guess how many independ...Jump to post
Please remember to provide a link to your source when stating facts. Did you delete the factual statements about the Swiss veto on German ammunition exports? Please, here's the source and restore whatever you've deleted. https://www.srf.ch/news/international/krieg-in-der-ukraine-schweiz-verhindert-...Jump to post
Since I do not know how to access independent reporting from Russia, I had a look at Tass today. I wonder about the meaning of this on the Tass website... The United States is preparing provocations to accuse the Russian side of using chemical, biological, or tactical nuclear weapons, Chief of Russ...Jump to post
Well... regarding the Russian warship: The Kremlin now reports one dead and 27 missing.
I hope the mothers back in Russia will be happy to hear that...