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by DarkKnight5
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 124
Views: 16582

Re: Airbus seeks to break Boeing/AIG deal

A publicly listed company has an obligation to it's board and shareholders to follow due process when committing to any major expenditure. And nobody has offered any direct proof that IAG has not done so. The vast majority of those arguing against this LoI has done so on the basis that "due di...

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by DarkKnight5
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 124
Views: 16582

Re: Airbus seeks to break Boeing/AIG deal

It's about following a proper prices when a company intends to sound billions of dollars. Public companies are obliged to do so. Public companies are not governments. A publicly listed company has an obligation to it's board and shareholders to follow due process when committing to any major expend...

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by DarkKnight5
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 124
Views: 16582

Re: Airbus seeks to break Boeing/AIG deal

Surely the IAG shareholders will want to know why a contract this size was awarded with no RFP? even if the intention was to order the Max anyway, shouldn't you at least dot the Is and cross the Ts? I would like to believe that what they care about is did IAG secure a deal that will grow the airlin...

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by DarkKnight5
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67435

Re: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread

. . . s m h So I guess when I said “what” I meant “why did you shoehorn some sort of political diatribe into a reply to my obviously facetious post?” Care to respond with something other than shaking your head? It was the response that was deserved. In all cases. You’re acting like an ass, and I’m ...

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by DarkKnight5
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67435

Re: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread

Doesn’t work that way but hey it at least matches the technical expertise of who we “elected” “President”. What? . . . s m h So I guess when I said “what” I meant “why did you shoehorn some sort of political diatribe into a reply to my obviously facetious post?” Care to respond with something other...

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by DarkKnight5
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67435

Re: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread

[twoid][/twoid] That’s not what it is, it uses salvaged 747 systems but the fuselage is largely bespoke and carbon fiber. This should be obvious after looking at it for about two seconds, which I therefore ask what have you been looking at? So not only is there significant money sunk into the proje...

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by DarkKnight5
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67435

Re: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread

Sad. I vote for museum, a new museum with a cheap hangar to house this wonderful piece of engineering. I'm sure it would draw a lot of people. But no, not at 400M... How is two old 747s hacked together and without any useful function, "a wonderful piece of engineering"? That’s not what it...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10093

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

Sorry, but the new scheme is just not better than this: https://patch.com/img/cdn20/users/22872998/20160613/055859/styles/raw/public/article_images/air_force_one_1280x436.jpg . https://arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/JVQGX6DQ3IYVIHNRSNMNSARZAU.jpg It could be tweaked a bit in...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10093

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

smithbs wrote:
I agree with the "dated from 80s" comments - that was the first thing in my mind.

The current AF1 is beautiful. No need to change it.

Yeah dated from the ‘60s is much better...

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by DarkKnight5
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10093

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

I’m not terribly impressed by that piece of paper but the current livery is so hopelessly dated that I would love to see it brought into this century. And have something a little more American than powder blue and teal. It looks like my Grandmother’s living room lamps.

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by DarkKnight5
Sun May 26, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

william wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytUygPqjXEc

How odd, was this through a telescope or naked eye? Will the satelltes pop up on my Skyview app?

I’m guessing it was made with a camera with a lense, which is sort of a telescope when you think about it.

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by DarkKnight5
Fri May 17, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

flyingturtle wrote:
Scrubbed because of winds in the upper atmosphere.
Then, scrubbed again because SpaceX wants to update the satellite software.

Those damn Windows updates always come at the worst possible time...

Wonder how long it’s going to take Nick Burns to install updates on 60 sats.

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by DarkKnight5
Tue May 07, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3579

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

Nomadd wrote:
Was it necessary for F-4s to glide down on a bunch of grunts in tents and kick in the afterburners what sounded like three feet over their heads at 4am in the 70s?

That capability was in the F-4 functional requirements document.

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by DarkKnight5
Tue May 07, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3579

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

Would afterburners be necessary if they could take off from a treadmill? I prefer a large tower to be erected in the center of the field. Then you have a long chain attached to the aircraft. As you accelerate, you go around and around the tower until you reach climb out velocity and release the cha...

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by DarkKnight5
Mon May 06, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3579

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

Yes. Not accurate. F-15s and F-16s make frequent non-AB takeoffs. It all depends on the aircraft's weight, runway length and environmental conditions. Don't know for sure about F-18s, but heard they always do AB takeoffs regardless. F-22,35??? The north RW at FLL is 9000 ft long which is long enoug...

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by DarkKnight5
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13775

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Why do we need NATO when almost all European countries are linked together under the EU? To formalize an alliance with non-EU countries, one of which is the greatest military power in the world, thereby further strengthening the defense of the EU? Just a thought. The EU and the US have different go...

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by DarkKnight5
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13775

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Who is going to attack the EU? Possibly the same country that is currently dismembering Ukraine. Keep in mind that an "attack" on the EU doesn't necessarily equate to a blitzkrieg invasion ala 1941; but rather a pressure on the periphery that works against the EU's interests and options. ...

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by DarkKnight5
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13775

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

For those that doubt the positive impact of NATO here’s a thought exercise; pick any year between 1000 AD and 1945 and more than likely you will discover a war being waged on the European continent. But after 1945 the Balkan conflict has been the only war to take place and this was the one time Eur...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13775

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Who is going to attack the EU? Exactly. That is why there are alliances like this, it creates just that situation. Tugg I don’t believe in today’s world NATO makes the EU any more secure than it would be if NATO ended. All that would happen is the EU would stump up more for it own defence, the US i...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13775

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Wow very refreshing to see someone actual say it, How are you expecting to replace the lost USD the security umbrella and logistic support of the US. and what of Canada and the UK along with the cooperation of non-member contributions. what impacts do they have on your judgement if NATO collapses. ...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Ouch... :fight: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4aoNiaXoAAwjpG.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4bEHFoXsAAfFPX.jpg https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-falcon-heavy-tipsy-booster-return/ Tugg Tis but a flesh wound. Have at you! The hover slam probably did it in. doubt the wave did anything but add to the ...

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by DarkKnight5
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Ouch... :fight: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4aoNiaXoAAwjpG.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4bEHFoXsAAfFPX.jpg SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy Block 5 center core (i.e. booster) has completed a bittersweet return to shore aboard drone ship Of Course I Still Love You after apparently breaking in half d...

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Seabear wrote:
SpaceX's Center Core Booster for Falcon Heavy Rocket Is Lost at Sea

https://www.space.com/spacex-loses-falc ... t-sea.html

More misadventure!

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by DarkKnight5
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The angle of the feed makes it look like the main booster may have damaged one of the legs, but still a good landing considering it was coming in at a very fast trajectory. It blows my mind how they can get 2 rockets back within a mile of the pad after having gone over 60+ KM up and about 30 Km dow...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67435

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

wezgulf3 wrote:
She flies!!

Video: http://youtu.be/XfUy21HHtME

Still not sure it will ever carry something that will launch into space but hey, flight.

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

They did it! All boosters have landed, either on terra firma or on OCISLY. The angle of the feed makes it look like the main booster may have damaged one of the legs, but still a good landing considering it was coming in at a very fast trajectory. It blows my mind how they can get 2 rockets back wi...

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by DarkKnight5
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much does Warren Buffett know about airlines?
Replies: 26
Views: 4121

Re: How much does Warren Buffett know about airlines?

I know Warren Buffett says that he does not invest in businesses he does not understand, so since he heavily invests in the airline industry, how much do you think he understands about airlines? Warren Buffett is a very smart guy, but airlines are so complex, how many people understand the intricac...

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by DarkKnight5
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I've had enough of this site. Links in posts quit and they won't let you see what's wrong or edit or delete anything. I can see why so many of the posters who made the old site good are gone. Micromanagement is the worst of incompetence. Not sure what this has to do with SpaceX, but there we go! An...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 39
Views: 7966

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

Successful D-IV Medium launch for the US Air Force. WGS-10 military comms satellite. Mach 1 in 34 seconds! MaxQ like fifteen seconds later! Fun launch. Apparently the last planned D4M configuration launch. Weird ULA launch curiosity, the T-4 minutes hold. This hold lasted well over an hour as they t...

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by DarkKnight5
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA mulls using commercial launchers for DM-1
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

Re: NASA mulls using commercial launchers for DM-1

I’m not sure it’s a shame SLS will be delayed. With any forsight they’ll just cancel the debacle. There is no way they will be cost competitive against Falcon Heavy or Blue Origin’s heavy lift rocket. Boeing has become too complacen raking on government cash. Boeing has been gifted billions upon bil...

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by DarkKnight5
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Totally "Fake" Space Shuttle missions?
Replies: 5
Views: 2263

Re: Totally "Fake" Space Shuttle missions?

Dear Mods,

Delete my profile, please. Put me out of my misery.

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by DarkKnight5
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I've had enough of this site. Links in posts quit and they won't let you see what's wrong or edit or delete anything. I can see why so many of the posters who made the old site good are gone. Micromanagement is the worst of incompetence. This place really has shit-canned. It’s as bad as the comment...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I gather the two big things they are looking at are: 1. How the asymmetrical shape (due to the SuperDraco bulges) of the capsule affected initial high altitude entry and orientation stabilization 2. The parachutes. Basically four have never been used before and apparently there was "an anomaly...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Cograts to SpaceX (again)! I wonder if the parachute covering the capsule when it landed in the water presents any problem of any real kind? I expect no but who knows, it could affect an emergency crew exit. The parachutes are apparently the big thing NASA is scrutinizing. Tugg The super boring NAS...

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by DarkKnight5
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Wants to be NMA Launch Customer
Replies: 212
Views: 34691

Re: Delta Wants to be NMA Launch Customer

Why can't you lot accept that it is, so far, a paper plane? If the airlines want freight capacity then freight capacity will be added in. Palletised, bulk or containers. The days of "build it and they will come" just got a fatal wound in case you were unable to take your eyes off Boeing f...

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by DarkKnight5
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 385697

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

I don’t know based on a 1.5 second video anyone could make an educated guess about whether they were attempting to pull up or not. It flashes by in less that a second and is traveling away from the camera. I think it’s impossible to make any sort of reasonable judgement based on the video.

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by DarkKnight5
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Wants to be NMA Launch Customer
Replies: 212
Views: 34691

Re: Delta Wants to be NMA Launch Customer

Revelation wrote:
alfa164 wrote:
Feeding a troll is seldom a successful strategy...

;)

The troll energy is strong around here lately.

Fear of change does strange things to people.

;)

In the words of the immortal Garth Algar: “We fear change. *hammers robotic hand until it submits*”

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by DarkKnight5
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program
Replies: 28
Views: 2280

Re: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program

Hmm, never noticed. maybe under a different name? ............. like .......... Ariane :-) I think the reason you don’t see ULA criticized as often is because they’re so boring and basically nobody writes about them at all. It seems like forever since their last launch. I’ll criticize them here tho...

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by DarkKnight5
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program
Replies: 28
Views: 2280

Re: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program

... they have been fleecing american tax payers for years, and in terms of space vehicle development their parent companies are doubly guilty. Are they over achievers in that domain or are they just a group swimmer in scope of the (US) military industrial complex? :-) Talking about Boeing and Lockh...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program
Replies: 28
Views: 2280

Re: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program

I think you’ll find plenty of criticism for ULA around here too. Hmm, never noticed. maybe under a different name? ............. like .......... Ariane :-) I think the reason you don’t see ULA criticized as often is because they’re so boring and basically nobody writes about them at all. It seems l...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program
Replies: 28
Views: 2280

Re: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program

Ars Technica had a great article on the situation. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/spacex-to-european-competitors-were-not-subsidized-you-are/ Consensus seems to be that Arianespace/Airbus will not aim to be competitive with SpaceX; just competitive enough so that its captive audience does ...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

This made me go full eggplant emoji! What a great launch! Lots to do still, orbit raising, docking etc... but off to a great start. A couple beverages in and almost in tears because MAYBE my two girls will some day be able to live and work in space and maybe their kids will be able to colonize plane...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Haha smash cut to NASA mission control where dude points to “the team” behind him and literally not one other person is visible. #Shockandawenasa

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Awfully nice of NASA to hijack this livestream and make it super F***ing boring and sterile. Short films with poor production and terrible audio? Oh you know your government can do that.

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program
Replies: 28
Views: 2280

Re: ARIANEGROUP launches reusable rocket program

Planeflyer wrote:
Does anyone have a good read on the financial impact of Arianespace on AB?

Go find their financials on their website. Airbus I mean.

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by DarkKnight5
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

One item off the bucket list. In 1961 I remember sitting in my school auditorium watching a tiny black and white portable TV with the other approx. 200 kids in my school (1-12, we didn't have K in our district back then) With my terrible eyesight and no glasses, I could barely make out a blur that ...

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by DarkKnight5
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226090

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

What’s different about the rocket engines SpaceX uses compared to those in the past. Lots and not much? The Merlin is still a Kerosene-Liquid Oxygen (Keralox) engine as tons have been. Even the F1 in the Saturn V was a Keralox engine. The biggest difference is the effort SpaceX has put in to bringi...

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by DarkKnight5
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the 777 become a twin jet instead of a trijet?
Replies: 18
Views: 4289

Re: Why did the 777 become a twin jet instead of a trijet?

So it burned less fuel. What are we doing here????

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by DarkKnight5
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

While I get your argument, the B777-8/9 and A350-1000 cannot be considered small aircraft. Look them up, they're far more massive than you might be thinking they are. They can carry up to 400 passengers each, with the larger ones possibly even up to 450. Could this prompt Airbus to restart producti...

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