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by Planeflyer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Thanks, credit to SpaceX for pulling this off.

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by Planeflyer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Does spacex replace the landing legs each time ?

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by Planeflyer
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

What is SpaceX market share for launch services?

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by Planeflyer
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Software is enabled by hardware. A properly designed antenna enables all sorts of high speed digital IC’s which in turn allow for rich software. It is easy to talk about Features like LPI which unlike many over hyped technologies really is a game changer but doing this in an RF environment requires ...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 4794

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Is their a way redesign this mission taking advantage of UAV advancements?

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by Planeflyer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The more I read the worse this decision looks. Good thing for Germany she has neighbors that can protect her airspace.

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by Planeflyer
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I was thinking along the same lines. You SpaceX’d me!

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by Planeflyer
Sat May 30, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Great link, that is some precise choreography!

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by Planeflyer
Thu May 28, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

A fun read!

Thanks guys.

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by Planeflyer
Thu May 14, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

It seems to me NK, like SpaceX has accomplished a lot more than the experts forecast. And done so spending a lot less.

I wonder if the fact that both have public failures has played a role in this?

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by Planeflyer
Wed May 13, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Putting aside the obvious what is it about SpaceX that allows for their radically different approach to development?

Does anyone see any parallels to North Korea in the sense that both can test to fail because they have so much capability developed in house?

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by Planeflyer
Tue May 12, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I really don’t think “contract milestones” and the associated mindset applies to SpaceX.

I think it is a good thing for all of us that SoaceX has developed or relearned the develop, fly, fail iterate model.

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by Planeflyer
Fri May 01, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Nomadd, fully concur.

My first boss said it best, “there is what the procedure says, what people think it says and what happens on third shift.”

There has been lots work employing gage rr studies as part of any cleaning validation

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by Planeflyer
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm not clear if you are cleaning inside or outside a cleanroom. If outside and particle contamination is not a concern soap and water is a good cleaner for the lens. if inside and especially in flight hardware or on optics that will be run through CVD or PVD vacuum processes soap must be fully remo...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Cleaning a recessed area that is then sealed calls for very careful sop compliance.

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by Planeflyer
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

back to cleaning practices for flight hardware. Use only as much solvent as is required to clean the surface., Validate cleaning by post testing the part vis laser particle testing and liquid chromatography. If more solvent is required don't flood the part but use multiple cleaning cycles. if foam s...

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Rule # 1 cleaning flight hardware w solvents.

Wet the swab or wipe w as little solvent as it takes to clean. Do not apply solvent to the workpiece.

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23404

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Rule # 1 cleaning flight hardware w solvents.

Wet the swab or wipe w as little solvent as it takes to clean. Do not apply solvent to the workpiece.

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by Planeflyer
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Just a guess but In not choosing the F35 I think Germany has also decided they will remove themselves from the current nuclear sharing agreement. At the risk of trolling to some I’m sure someone in the German decision making chain has posed the following question;why carry a nuke on a plane that has...

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by Planeflyer
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 291770

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

does SpaceX now have the most satellites in operation?

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by Planeflyer
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 203108

Re: F-35 news thread

A great product that has huge room for growth

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by Planeflyer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Nope, they can't, but that is a question of computing power, as I have stated several times I believe. Also explained at length, and not just by me. Best regards Thomas Tommy your explanations have been speculative hope rather than proof statements. the consistent improvement of available computing...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I explained why stealth still makes sense for the military even when they know damn well it will lose most of its effectiveness in the foreseeable future. just about any radio astronomer in the last couple of decades, that routinely pick out signals not just way weaker than those on Ozirs graph, bu...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 203108

Re: F-35 news thread

As always very informative. Much appreciated.

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by Planeflyer
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 203108

Re: F-35 news thread

A short vid of USMC pilots qualifying on the QE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4ntEmcTkvg What are the payload figures for the B off the QE? I have also seen where the marines are evaluating flying off helicopter carriers. I guess some trials are underway to evaluate how the B on smaller carrier...

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by Planeflyer
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 145
Views: 39215

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

I'd love to see Finland buy a mix of Typhoon tranche 3 and F35B. Would really be a step change for them and massively back down Russian aggression in the region. The saying in Finland is that they want as many flight hours as possible for there 10 billion Euro investment, having two relatively expe...

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by Planeflyer
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. "Mystery" Space Plane, Boeing X-37B Lands After 2 Yr Orbit
Replies: 18
Views: 4455

Re: U.S. "Mystery" Space Plane, Boeing X-37B Lands After 2 Yr Orbit

Though an enthusiast and one without power in CA right now, Scott Manley's take on the mission seems rational, as well as giving a development history of the vehicle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQN4hId5psg Great link, very informative. Thanks for posting. Anyone have a feel for the amount of f...

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by Planeflyer
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 203108

Re: F-35 news thread

A Forbes article by Loren Thompson, whose think tank does a lot of cheerleading so be on alert for bias, which recaps some background of the recent F-35 agreement. I must say I have been skeptical of the F-35 program, as I have watched a number of DOD programs go off the rails (DDG-1000, LCS and th...

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by Planeflyer
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

What has more to do with this discussion? The most fundamental question when planning to acquire new equipment is why do you need it. Evaluating the future military threats is the very starting point. Fighters are not just toys for the pilots. They are to protect us. The German Government has alrea...

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by Planeflyer
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

And what provides more deterrence; A F35 that can penetrate enemy air defenses to target leadership or a 4 th gen ac which will have a hard time surviving overs it’s own airspace? The argument was settled in 1991 when a gen 1 stealth ac did all the heavy lifting to take down Iraq’s air defense syste...

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by Planeflyer
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

vr773 wrote:
Planeflyer wrote:
Nonsense, the only category it is superior is as a target drone.


We‘re talking about the Eurofighter. Stop posting about your mom.


Nice momma joke but face it while the EF is an advanced AC, the lack of stealth makes it as obsolete.as the F15, F18 or any other 4th Gen AC.

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by Planeflyer
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Better would be take the money saved on the F35 and Invest this in FCAS

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by Planeflyer
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Nonsense, the only category it is superior is as a target drone.

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by Planeflyer
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Disagree, the threats are well known and while this self protection system improves survivability at the margins the real answer is the F35. If push comes to shove 4 th gen ac will be way in the rear which is acceptable if they are much less expensive but since they are not this is a terrible decisi...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The best argument advanced by those against the F35 is that it is not needed given the current low threat environment which is almost 100% due to the success of NATO. Given this Germany's choice should be largely influenced by the AC that best supports NATO which points to the F35. Aside from the po...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 203108

Re: F-35 news thread

Cool update. Nice first!

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by Planeflyer
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

seahawk wrote:
Pointless debate - the German purchase is dictated by political wishes - the F-35 could be an UFO shooting lasers in a 360° arc - it would not matter when politicians do not want it.


Well said!

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by Planeflyer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

You have to make up your mind. Either we already have the technology, just not the computing power to use it against stealth aircraft in a militarily useful way, yet, or, you may very will start promoting the conspiracy theory that all Radio astronomy is a scam to defraud billions of taxpayer money...

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by Planeflyer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Do you think they don't know what you are stating can occur? Yet they still continue to develop stealth aircraft and other platforms for their future military force structure. You can claim that is simply bad acquisition policy or institutional bias but that just isn't represented by the facts. . I...

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by Planeflyer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

So, in short, we are talking about the same organisational and industrial systems that kept buying battleships decades after they had become a waste of resources, and despite own experimentation showing them almost helpless against air power didn't even bother to put sufficient AAA on them before sh...

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by Planeflyer
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Stand off jamming would be unique capability in Europe. The ECR was developed when the EF-111A was still in service. That matters little. The USAF, the largest operator of 4th and 5th gen aircraft, has not operated a manned stand-off jammer since the EF-111 was retired and has no plans to operate o...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

All good points but the decision does seem to be political so it’s important to understand the thinking of the parliament and the German people to have an idea of what will transpire. So far it seems they want to buy local even at the sacrifice of capabilities and even cost. This only works if nothi...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 203108

Re: F-35 news thread

I’m still very sceptical of this claim especially as the passive system was using ADS-B transponders to correlate tracks. Stealthy no more? A German radar vendor says it tracked the F-35 jet in 2018 — from a pony farm In the illustrious history of the F-35 fighter jet, add a pony farm outside Berli...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207132

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The Bundestag is betting a parlay that a situation does not arise that requires modern front line AC.

Or if a situation does arise that other NATO protect German airspace.

Not a bad bet so pretty smart move.

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by Planeflyer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)
Replies: 51
Views: 12450

Re: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)

The French, Brits, and Dutch certainly do much better, as I believe the Poles do, outside of their warsaw pact era aircraft. The French also have their struggles. They have excellent availability for their deployed units but that comes at the expense of home units, with low availability and aircrew...

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by Planeflyer
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 291770

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

New space companies like SpaceX are entrepreneurial organizations rather than government contractors.

There is a lesson here for the pentagon. I hope someone over is there is trying to figure out how to redefine the weapons market as NASA did the space market.

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by Planeflyer
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)
Replies: 51
Views: 12450

Re: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)

As is evident from some of the posters above, the German mindset is why spend the money when others will. Don't take my words and form them as the general German opinion of our entire country. Actually the public opinion is more like "why go to war at all". .... and considering that the G...

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