The last 141 I was on at McCord aborted takeoff three times for three different reasons. We finally got off when an engine started burning. I was fortunate enough to be a driver most of the times I flew, so I'd just get out of those interrogation devices they called seats and sit in the Jeep.Jump to post
There are a lot of great excuses for keeping the Cobra, but it comes down to the fact that the upgraded ones they're getting now cost about the same as buying Apaches would have. In other words, they're paying the same price for half the capability. Technical reasons aren't what made the decision.Jump to post
According to globaleconomy.com stats here is the following: "Jet fuel consumption, thousand barrels per day, 2019 - Country rankings: The average for 2019 based on 36 countries was 113.23 thousand barrels per day.The highest value was in the USA: 1739.93 thousand barrels per day and the lowest...Jump to post
NASA is still saying "Go" for the undocking and return of the Demo-2 mission capsule, despite approaching Hurricane Isaias. CONTINUOUS coverage tomorrow (saturday) beginning at 17:15 EDT all the way through splashdown on sunday at 14:42! 21 1/2 hours of live space happenings; nice to see ...Jump to post
It is a fascinating and slightly concerning insight that “make sure the spacecraft actually works” somehow wasn’t on the preflight checklist. I'm sure Boeing will get it right, and I certainly hope they do...but if I was one of those crews I'd certainly feel much better going up on spacex equipment...Jump to post
Does anyone know what they're going to do with those fins? I see they dragged them around all week and gave them a bath. Fancy building awning? They seem to have an amusingly irreverential way of recycling their used prototypes, like turning Starhopper into a radar/camera tower... That building beh...Jump to post
flyingturtle wrote:Starship SN5 is doing a tank test now. No discombobulations yet.
A record booster turn-around time, a landing that looks like it was within a foot of target and both fairing halves were caught after the South Korean Anasis-II launch. And Starship SN5 didn't blow up during testing today.
Looks like SpaceX is starting to hit it's stride.
Independent review of Boeing's Starliner complete, with a total of 80 recommendations: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-and-boeing-complete-orbital-flight-test-reviews/ 21 of these recommendations pertain to improving testing and ground simulations, including the notable addition of an end-to-end ...Jump to post
I'm not sure when self transfer turns into just buying lots of one way tickets, but following cheap fares and inserting delays of several days between legs is a great way to travel the world. Since prices can change from hour to hour, you can't really plan that far ahead and wind up going lots of pl...Jump to post
johns624 wrote:It must have lost its new plane smell so they didn't want it anymore.
I'm not familiar with the slat sensor, but I'd think a circuit fault would be identified as such and about the only way to get a false reading would be the sensor itself. Is it a simple on off?Jump to post
I saw something like this happen on a ship once because in spite of almost completely separate, redundant systems, they amazingly connected all the sensors to a single return which came loose.Jump to post
There's a lot of "spherical cow" figuring going on in here, that tends to ignore real world issues. Oneweb sats have no potential for any kind of real location service. You can build an entirely new satellite and put a "Oneweb" sticker on it and claim it's a modification, but tha...Jump to post
The company said its “team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy.” What does that meet? A pre flight test wasn’t performed correctly and need redone? Some abnormally came up but still “healthy”? It means they're trying to launch 4 rockets a mon...Jump to post
Another whistleblower steps forward with additional accusations against Boeing and allegations of flaws in 737MAX design. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-whistleblower-alleges-systemic-problems-with-737-max/ Try reading the articles you cite. That guy stepped forward a...Jump to post
Looks like the crew that went up in the SpaceX Crew Dragon will be coming back about Aug 2 https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-dragon-aces-space-station-tests.html Interesting, that month the 2nd one is due to go up with 4 crew on board. Obviously with the 4 on board on the station tests going OK. Th...Jump to post
par13del wrote:So is it about time that Boeing brings in the police and call this sabotage?
Testing a spacecraft to the point of failure with a crew aboard is a really bad idea. The odds of LOC/LOV are already what? 1 in 200? One fatality and it’s all over the news, “agile development” goes out the window, and we may well just lose CCP altogether. It’s not the ‘50s where we lost a test pi...Jump to post
Reading oil blogs, a lot of business reporting on line, and automotive blogs I see no basis for a dramatic sustained increase in oil prices. The US capacity and willingness to produce puts a ceiling on what the rest of the world can sell and price. Prices over $40 a barrel make US production profit...Jump to post
I'm not sure why so many people are saying production is dead when it clearly is not. The article even said “ We are continuing to build 747-8s to meet the backlog of orders for the airplane and will continue to make the right decisions to keep the production line healthy ". Furthermore, just ...Jump to post
You can cherry pick aspects of this situation and come up with whatever conclusion you want, but the fact is, with a high speed, low latency link, (One area that isn't assured by any means) you can potentially have all the advantages of an in cockpit pilot with none of the limitations. Apart from th...Jump to post
No knowledge directly on the tech but the 3-sat ViaSat3 Ka band constellation is still scheduled for the next couple of years. Can't imagine this would still be going ahead if Musk's fleet was a game changer for aircraft. Possibly very different matter for remote properties You need to work on your...Jump to post
Hi guys, It seems that SpaceX is increasing the launch of Starlink satellites and apparently the Starlink internet system will be available for US & Canada by the end 2020. As starlink is using hundreds of low altitude satellites, would this new internet provider could change the game of the in...Jump to post
I read somewhere, I think at ARS, maybe up thread I don’t know, that the thrust to weight ratio of F9 with Dragon is something like 1.2:1. That matches my eyes where the rocket just groans off the pad. I suppose that’s optimal for human flight as the impulse of going from 1G to 2G in an instant wou...Jump to post
The major problem with space is the amount of cubic dollars required. Even all the money SpaceX and Boeing have spent in the past 10+ years on manned flight is just pennies in a huge bucket compared to the total amounts needed. A manned space station with a moderate - say 50 person capacity - is go...Jump to post
flyingturtle wrote:Nomadd wrote: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.
Aw crap: A fourth prototype of SpaceX’s next generation Starship rocket exploded right after a test at the company’s south Texas test site on Friday. Shortly after SpaceX ignited the engine on the test rocket, a massive fireball engulfed the vehicle in flames, leaving very little hardware still sta...Jump to post
Maybe no DM2 yesterday, but the gas flare added some unexpected entertainment at the latest Starship static fire.
Just a security cam with no audio because I'm gettin kind of lazy.
While it may seem negligible, the whole rocket is under a considerable amount of stress during ascent and excessive winds causing it to have to work harder to maintain course will only make those loads higher and reduce margins, leading to reduced safety for the whole trip up. They know what they a...Jump to post
About the only value left in these planes is what the metal recycler will pay. Very little value in parts with so many airlines ceasing operations Whoever is left operating a smaller fleet (possibly just EK, QF, maybe SQ, CZ) will probably part out their own spares Will recyclers pay anything for G...Jump to post
Possible Test fire of Starship mockup in a few minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T8qfm5sv9I Went well. That was streamed over my cracked Galaxy S7. What did you make of the persistent flame at the bottom of the thrust skirt? No stream had a particularly good view of it because of the distan...Jump to post
casinterest wrote:Possible Test fire of Starship mockup in a few minutes.
1st, I'm in no way a hater of the B-52 I'm typically fascinated with most of our military aircraft now and in the past. Even though I appreciate its roles in all of the conflicts we've been starting with Vietnam war. At this point I fail to see its relevance. I'm really not arguing for a scrap, if ...Jump to post
I have to wonder if Tim Dodd is human. I've seen him talk for two hours without taking a breath.Jump to post
Some amusing comments by Trump on the F-35 with some actual program history and facts at the end of the article. Trump has questions about the F-35′s supply chain. Here are some answers. During a Thursday morning cable news appearance, U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the F-35’s global supply ch...Jump to post
Rule 1 for drones is 400 feet. It looked quite a bit higher than that. Could have been over a tall building I guess.
NE Iraq towards the end of 2012, had a tanker flying a standard refueling track, a glowing orange cigar shape object had passed within 500ft over their starboard wing and paced ahead of the aircraft before finally shooting up into the sky. Secure comms were unusable until it left the area, initiall...Jump to post
One little tidbit for people who think SpaceX is all hype. NASA just signed a $1.8 billion contract for 18 RS-25 engines. That's apart from the billions spent developing the disposable version that was suppose to be cheaper than the original. That's $100 million per engine. SpaceX is putting out an ...Jump to post
After SN1 blew in Texas, it was about one week before they had a test tank cobbled together out of SN2 parts and tested it to prove the problem was solved. How long would the "right" way of handling that incident have taken? (I was there about 20 minutes after that test) https://youtu.be/...Jump to post