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by parapente
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't BA order the B748?
Replies: 101
Views: 30369

Re: Why didn't BA order the B748?

Phew strong stuff Matt. Well at the time ( and this is true) Boeing were 'offering' the 748 in two sizes with different pax/range ( but only one would be put into production) They had got zero orders at that time.They literally said ( and it was in the press) the first airline to order could choose ...

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by parapente
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Oooooops
Hope not too much delay.Silly mistake but it's happened so onwards and upwards ( hopefully).

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by parapente
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a25953663/elon-musk-spacex-bfr-stainless-steel/ Don't know if anyone saw this yesterday.An interview with EM.He goes into a little ( lot actually) more detail about his stainless steel ship.Certainly looks like it was totally his idea.If it works he wil...

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by parapente
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?
Replies: 133
Views: 15926

Re: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?

Thread starter.'could they' - well that answer is obviously yes.But would/will they? Which as you say this thread has ( naturally) developed into is for most people no. Uneconomic,no point,no need.A company the size of Boeing can choose to do lots of things,it has enormous resources. Car companies d...

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by parapente
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?
Replies: 133
Views: 15926

Re: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?

That's simply not true Keejse.The MAX is an equal competitor to the NEO.Together it's a very comfortable duopoly.Infact it borders on the illegal.No wonder both are cash engines for the two OEM's.The backlogs will continue for both. Neither have any intention of breaking that duopoly for ( imho) 10 ...

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by parapente
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2019/01/spacex-is-lifts-a-bulk-head-into-the-starhopper-and-landing-pad-area-seems-ready-for-paving.html Film /pictures of fuel tanks being installed ( and something falling off!) also new drone footage of work at Boca.Talk of paving the area next.I thought newly moved ...

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by parapente
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus , just stretch the A320NEO a few rows, 200 seats.
Replies: 91
Views: 16251

Re: Airbus , just stretch the A320NEO a few rows, 200 seats.

You can ignore this Boeing slide just as you can ignore the Airbus ones.What surprises me is why they don't realise how insulting ( to their prospective clients) such slides are.As previously stated everyone knows the A321neo is a bigger plane than the MAX10 so it's just childish to put them opposit...

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by parapente
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F2OPgk5gATw Old film of Blue Streak project.What might be interesting to some is the steel body since this is the way Spacex have gone for the Starship. About 5-10 mins in they show you the steel body.Couple of things of more, 1. They ate using a large mandril to create...

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by parapente
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 65531

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

That's a lateral thought.Hope it finds a use.I guess the fact that they appear to want to see it fly suggests they see it having a use.Just find it hard seeing they will use that little rocket.It already launches perfectly well off a Tristar ( which I imagine is cheaper too). Regarding RB.It seems h...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5593

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

Over here (UK) we have just had another cancellation of a new Nuclear power plant due to costs although the U.K. Gov' did everything they could to sweeten the deal.We have gone from 6 new planned plants to 1 right now. The bald truth is they are simply too expensive to build to be competitive agains...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5593

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

This may be already understood.Nuclear thermal rocket engines are fission (conventional) not fusion.See US NERVA project.And the same goes for the Russian project of the 80's.Both now reactivated btw. Thx btw Revelation on you tube link on fusion work around the World as of now.Interesting watch.Won...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 65531

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Sorry to disagree.Whether it flies or not is somewhat immaterial if there is no ( Spruce Goose) market for it.I have been correctly corrected that it would not have the manoeuvrability to become a giagintic waterbomber ( which CA increasingly need). Can't think ( other than the summonsed military us...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?
Replies: 133
Views: 15926

Re: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?

I don't think anybody argues against the fact that there is a market gap for a proper replacement of the 757 and 767 series aircaft.That gap is presently being filled at the edges by ( primarily) the A321neo at the lower end and the 788 at the other,although neither are perfect,unsurprisingly.Nor wo...

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by parapente
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5593

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

Perhaps going to Mars is simply the Everest syndrome. Because it's there And No Because we can ( just). Hope ( like Everest) not too many people lose their lives trying ,as they well might I fear. Mind you,as a spoiler.Elon is doing this all on his own and right now ( last 3 days) things are clearly...

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by parapente
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 65531

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

https://spacenews.com/stratolaunch-abandons-launch-vehicle-program/ As the title says they have abandoned building their own air launched rocket.Now relying only on a small and expensive rocket that is already air launched nad has never gained traction in the marketplace ( launching 3 won't make it ...

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by parapente
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5593

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

I think you are safe with this President.He really shows no interest in space - which is odd I think because his age puts him slap bang into the Apollo era moon landings an all. Perhaps he was too busy with his 'bone spur' avoiding the draft (3 times).Or just has no imagination - beyond a wall. What...

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by parapente
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 65531

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Fair comment.

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by parapente
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5593

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

Sadly I have to agree that in general going to Mars is indeed a bad idea for all the reasons above and more - and yes I think the biosphere project spoke volumes.Not that they would live very long anyway having taken the radiation doses they would most likely receive both on the way and there! Havin...

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by parapente
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Starts 787-10 on AMS-SFO Route. But I thought the 787-10 Had No Range?
Replies: 134
Views: 34905

Re: KLM Starts 787-10 on AMS-SFO Route. But I thought the 787-10 Had No Range?

Bit of a love in going on! The more you agree with each other the truer it gets ;-)

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by parapente
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says
Replies: 242
Views: 39177

Re: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says

Like any major new aircaft project a 40 year plus lifespan should be expected.Over that period there is no doubt incremental improvements of all shapes and sizes will be made as the new structure is better understood. Official reports from operators have stated that it has already exceeded brochure ...

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by parapente
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thx Nomadd.Went back to your November picture for the other tanks.Its hard to get an idea of scale but they must be enormous. Noticed another picture on Teslerati of a FH side booster being transported yesterday.Its easy to see why this is the absolute max one could move by road ( imho). I guess the...

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by parapente
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mitsubishi MRJ, going alone against Boeing/Embraer?
Replies: 53
Views: 7954

Re: Mitsubishi MRJ, going alone against Boeing/Embraer?

Others are clearly far better read on this subject.But its hard to see how MRJ's origonal 'partnership' with Boeing ( which goes back many years ) can continue as they now effectively own it's only rival - unless they have absolutly no choice in the matter. Pairing up with Airbus does seem to be the...

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by parapente
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Are these various tanks sized for test hopping or the 'real thing'? They look enormous so I imagine it's the latter.BTW do they have to truck/tank in all these various gasses.If so must require a gullet of tankers would have thought.Guess there must also be some massive chilling plant as well. Saw a...

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by parapente
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead
Replies: 27
Views: 4964

Re: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead

Hmmmm read the link at thread start properly.Ok they have permission to build a 'proper' version.Doesnt mean they will or whether they have the money.Fairly important I would say. The article makes it 100% clear that their target market is tourism.Full stop. Not that it can't do other things particu...

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by parapente
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier aims for decision on loss-making CRJ program
Replies: 59
Views: 10209

Re: Bombardier aims for decision on loss-making CRJ program

Never understood what the point in such announcements was -unless a decision had already been made and it's a 'softening up' procedure.I guess it is as the announcement would only serve to reduce any sales potential.I imagine the MRJ fits in well here?

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by parapente
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mitsubishi MRJ, going alone against Boeing/Embraer?
Replies: 53
Views: 7954

Re: Mitsubishi MRJ, going alone against Boeing/Embraer?

Now that Embraer appear to have moved up a market segment (E2) it appears ( am no expert at all) that they ( MRJ) have a little niche All to themselves other than older products.Certainly Bombardier 220 is far too big.So perhaps this aircaft will do ok.
Hope it does as is a nice looking aircraft.

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by parapente
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I agree that Gwynn Shotwell deserves a medal! She definitely keeps the company on track - but also backs Elon's dreams.Hell of a balancing act imho! I aslso read Elon's correction (later).But the discussion forums are all confused about one thing.If 'build' is not at POLA then where and indeed how? ...

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by parapente
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-super-heavy-production-texas-transplant-hop-tests-near/ The speed at which 'things change' at Spacex is really defies gravity.Wake up this morning to discover the whole concept of the rocket factory in the Port of LA has been simply 'dropped'.Going to move p...

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by parapente
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead
Replies: 27
Views: 4964

Re: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead

Total waste of time.So it crashes twice and is now ready for production - are you serious?
As above what exactly does it do better?

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by parapente
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Extends A220 order book to 90 aircraft
Replies: 113
Views: 23959

Re: Delta Extends A220 order book to 90 aircraft

Dash 500-It's bound to happen some time -but not yet a while.They will want/need to make a success of the project as it is first -it's cost enough!
But it will fit nicely beneath the A320 one day.

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by parapente
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 family future prospects
Replies: 83
Views: 14384

Re: A350 family future prospects

If the 787-10 gains traction ( too early to say really).They might wish to revisit their origonal -1000 proposal which was ( as I recall) a straight stretch of the dash9.Trading range for pax.They have all the 'bits' now so wouldn't be too difficult I imagine.

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by parapente
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18274

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

As a spotty teenager who loved anything that flew 1969 and indeed everything around that time was so exciting. People were walking on the Moon,'The Jumbo' was this extraordinary aircaft that would bring long distance travel to everybody and of course the magnificent Concorde whisking people across t...

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by parapente
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mitsubishi MRJ, going alone against Boeing/Embraer?
Replies: 53
Views: 7954

Re: Mitsubishi MRJ, going alone against Boeing/Embraer?

If the MRJ70 fits within the US scope clause what's the problem? Or is that too small an aircaft for US requirements?

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by parapente
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5593

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

I noted today that their cotton seeds have propagated on their lander.They are part of a micro 'biosphere' to see what's possible to grow/rear etc.Very sensible project if there is a strong desire ( it appears there is) to have a permanent human presence on the Moon. What should really be happening ...

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by parapente
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 80
Views: 17804

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

And the developments keep on coming for this family of aircaft. Perhaps more now than at any time since inception. Obviously we have the 'LR' which has opened up many new routes inc of course translantic. Strongly rumoured on the back of the success of the 'LR' is the 'XLR' with integrated tankage. ...

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by parapente
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 27060

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

Thx cowanon.Quite a big difference 25% give or take.Whilst one cannot be certain there appears to me to be an additional structural problem for any conventional NB wing.It would of course have to be hinged if it is to go an inch further than present 737 widths.The 'strut/braced' concept has the addi...

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by parapente
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The saved money is small fry.fact.Its more about a guaranteed return on capital.Showing what they are prepared to do to get it.The money men always get what they want and he needs them -- badly.
Hopefully they will. all be ok ,the market is hot for their talent right now.

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by parapente
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-10-percent-workforce-fired-bfr-starlink-launches/ Teslerati's take on the 10% (600+) redundancies.For a website that loves Spacex ( and why not) there are some pretty harsh words on the way they went about it. Equally important are the questions being asked by invest...

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by parapente
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 27060

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/picture-boeing-unveils-trussed-wing-capable-of-jet-454898/ Flight's take on the announcement.Well written as usual. I note that NASA has also applied their aft boundary layer ingestion electric fan to this trussed wing concept as well -looking at some image...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 65531

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Good spot.But weather does not look great.But any time next week will do! Even if it ends up as the Worlds largest water bomber it would be fun ( California seems to need it these days). Reading around the subject there does seem to be more than a whiff of the US military being interested as an inst...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces 2019 schedule changes
Replies: 78
Views: 16186

Re: Emirates announces 2019 schedule changes

Look for more nimble moves with markets and aircraft on a regular basis. Yup think that's right.Some 789's would not surprise me. Having said that they are clearly prepared to go toe to toe with competitors using large aircaft on primary routes and slug it out. There will eventually be blood on the ...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 27060

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

No it's definitely not 'high priority ' right now.Thats MOM ( in the NPD area).And yes 'take your point ! Probably just school boy error - best left as this concept will integrate with other conventional aircraft. The big bit missing imho is what a conventional 'new' NSA could do ( be)? Ie how far c...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 27060

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

https://thepointsguy.com/news/the-future-of-flight-boeing-reveals-concept-aircraft-with-transonic-wing-design/ Some other nice images from different angles in this piece. There are quite a few different articles on the web from the last 10 years on this exact programme.Some jet some prop some hybrid...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-19/elon-musk-s-spacex-is-said-to-cut-loan-deal-by-500-million https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/11/18179258/spacex-layoffs-10-percent-work-force-dragon-capsule-satellite-internet-starship https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/18/17873332/spacex-elon-musk-yusak...

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by parapente
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 27060

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

Re aw70. I get the impression ( that's all) that the strut and it's wing join is wht this Mk2 version is all about.As you and others state the strut and join are nasty drag areas ( more if the strut gives lift ie foil but this is not stated and cnnot be dummies really as it would be low quality l/d ...

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by parapente
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1973
Views: 222753

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

As always thanks Nomadd.I guess internal installation next.It looks like those rockets bells are placeholders but could be 110% wrong of course. 10% of the workforce -600 people. Mmmm big cut.Mind you if F9's B5's are economic to refurb multiple times then they just won't need the new build capacity...

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by parapente
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Many A 330 Neo's Will Ultimately be Sold?
Replies: 74
Views: 9012

Re: How Many A 330 Neo's Will Ultimately be Sold?

We're GE ever invited/interested in the 330neo? I genuinely don't know the answer other than RR got the exclusive.GE had already developed a bleed off the core for the cropped 748 version.I imagine they could have applied this to the 'full fan' 787 engine.Perhaps then Airbus could have got this airc...

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by parapente
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 27060

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

If they are serious about this proposal -long term and I imagine they might be ,unless one is being highly cynical. It is a good idea to keep publicising refinements.This is obviously the second major release. On the basis that the MOM comes first they have 7-10 years to refine it.Each time they 'go...

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by parapente
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52220

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

The primary reason the 350-1000 is not selling (in large numbers - as has been said) is that it is a straight 'swap' for the 773er ( but far more economical of course).But the 773er is a very young fleet globally and not ready to be replaced yet.Airbus always knew this which is why the 350-800 was s...

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by parapente
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5593

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

I believe if you mine in an area in permanent shadow ( the best area - but Uber cold) you will get on average one gram for every 150 tons processed.Best of luck!

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