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by Nomadd
Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

The Dragon's look small in the photos, but people can't believe how huge the trunks are when they stand inside one. You could set up a pretty good workshop in there.

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by Nomadd
Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 4834

Re: No F-22B version

Supercruise was always a marketing gimmick. The F-22 combat radius is 590nm while subsonic. With 100nm of "supercruise" dash the combat radius reduces to 460nm. That is a massive 28% reduction in combat radius for simply supercruising for 11% of the flight. 460nm combat radius is 920nm fl...

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by Nomadd
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 358
Views: 43227

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

If that piece of RTV wasn't a one off, you could be looking at a really long stand down. They can't just keep hoping nothing will leak if debris in the lines and joints is a chronic issue.

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by Nomadd
Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

7 and 8 might trade places several times. They decided it would be more efficient to apply fixes and improvements to one while testing the other. The static fire was a little disappointing. Single engine fires on the suborbital stands were usually louder and more chest congestion loosening. I saw s...

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by Nomadd
Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Booster 7 had 7 raptors fire up this am, got good chamber pressure, now back to the high bay for modifications apparently. Next up will be 8, full (wet) dress rehearsal, and then a full static fire. So they have decided to move on to Booster 8? Everyone was wondering if they would. But sounds like ...

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by Nomadd
Tue Sep 13, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeings latest statement on the 787 MTOW increase
Replies: 76
Views: 18082

Re: Boeings latest statement on the 787 MTOW increase

Can someone enlighten me as to exactly what Boeing will do to the 787 to increase MTOW? I assume removing metal from the airframe but are there going to be changes to the wings or engines? Is there room for any larger or additional fuel tanks? Why would you assume removing metal from the airframe t...

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by Nomadd
Thu Sep 08, 2022 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 255
Views: 50007

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

TYWoolman wrote:
I am just trying to be optimistic. Anything for a U.S.-led endeavor is great in my book. I mean the Wright Brothers were probably thought as crazy!

Daffy Duck was thought of as crazy too. That's not really aa argument.

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by Nomadd
Fri Sep 02, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 36 U.S. States seek powers to regulate airline consumer rights
Replies: 57
Views: 7242

Re: 36 U.S. States seek powers to regulate airline consumer rights

Great. I think 50 different sets of rules will vastly improve efficiency and customer satisfaction.

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by Nomadd
Wed Aug 17, 2022 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Object apparently fell from an aircraft over Maine capital Monday
Replies: 35
Views: 7474

Re: Object apparently fell from an aircraft over Maine capital Monday

It almost looks like a rubber bushing or bumper.

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by Nomadd
Sat Aug 13, 2022 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More fisticuffs for NK at DFW
Replies: 60
Views: 10827

Re: More fisticuffs for NK at DFW

That’s a pretty big presumption that it was the passenger and not the employee that escalated this. I was through DFW on Aug 10/11. The 10th saw severe wx that caused an afternoon 3 hour ground stop. My AA flight diverted to LIT. I got to DFW almost 5 hours late and went to the AA FL for dinner bef...

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by Nomadd
Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Looks like some Crew trunk debris survived reentry and fell onto Aussie farm land (and it wasn't the only piece): The U.S. space agency, NASA, said in a statement that SpaceX confirmed that the object was likely the remaining part of the jettisoned trunk segment from a Dragon spacecraft used during...

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by Nomadd
Fri Aug 05, 2022 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 307
Views: 79987

Re: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build

Joe Sutter was something you don't see any more. The 747 exists because he had the cojones to stand up to Boeing management when they tried to do something stupid that would have screwed up the program.

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by Nomadd
Tue Aug 02, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd AA 737 Tug Incident at LGA
Replies: 44
Views: 10515

Re: Odd AA 737 Tug Incident at LGA

It looked like he cut the corner so hard he was pulling the plane backward.
What's the turn limit on the front gear?

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by Nomadd
Thu Jul 28, 2022 3:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 4322

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

https://www.diu.mil/work-with-us/submit-solution/PROJ00402 "The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking a concept of design (CoD) of an advanced aircraft configuration that provides at least 30% more aerodynamic efficiency than the Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 families of commercial and military a...

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by Nomadd
Thu Jul 21, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Open Fan Technology Demonstrator announced by Airbus and CFM
Replies: 59
Views: 11728

Re: Airbus A380 Open Fan Technology Demonstrator announced by Airbus and CFM

In normal ducted jet engine testing, do they still blow a blade to test containment?

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by Nomadd
Sun Jul 17, 2022 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rogozin dismissed as director of Roscosmos
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: Rogozin dismissed as director of Roscosmos

Maybe HIMARS will get him.
Done in by a rocket just seems appropriately ironic somehow.

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by Nomadd
Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Capt 'Sully' Sullenberger quits ICAO ambassador role
Replies: 25
Views: 7544

Re: Capt 'Sully' Sullenberger quits ICAO ambassador role

I support his decision, but I wonder what would prompt this after such a short tenure? Probably just wants to retire. He's not getting any younger and keeps being thrown into the limelight everytime someone writes an article about an airplane going tech. He doesn't keep being "thrown" in ...

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by Nomadd
Sun Jun 19, 2022 11:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Difference between US Navy & Marine pilots?
Replies: 17
Views: 2353

Re: Difference between US Navy & Marine pilots?

CAS is more of, "how close can you shoot at a target to a nearby friendly" than anything else. It's more of a skill set of the pilots and crew, from being able to pick out the target, communicate with troops on the ground, and aiming the weapons, than anything to do with the actual aircra...

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by Nomadd
Sun Jun 19, 2022 1:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inflight Magazines
Replies: 26
Views: 3592

Re: Inflight Magazines

davescj wrote:
Now, I will say, I do miss the catalogue SkyMall. While I think I only ever bought one item from it, I did enjoy it more than the inflight magazine.


The $14,000 treadmill, right?

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by Nomadd
Wed Jun 01, 2022 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX changed course to avoid missile
Replies: 12
Views: 5657

Re: CX changed course to avoid missile

That looks like a rocket launch from at least 20 miles away.

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by Nomadd
Thu May 26, 2022 12:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 4 blade vs 8 blade C130H
Replies: 7
Views: 2687

Re: 4 blade vs 8 blade C130H

Any been near the H model with the 8 blade props vs the old 4 blades? Is there is a noticeable decibel difference? Collins Aerospace claims its NP2000 eight-bladed propellers reduce noise by 50% (20 decibels) compared with the old 4-bladed propellers. https://www.collinsaerospace.com/-/media/projec...

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by Nomadd
Wed May 25, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 95
Views: 10800

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

They are all built. 4 Crew Dragon and 2 Starliner. That's what was needed to fulfill the contractual obligations. Each could build more if requested. Starliner can turnaround faster since it doesn't land in water. Boeing was originally going to build 4 but decided 2 was enough. You want to bet Star...

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by Nomadd
Tue May 24, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 34
Views: 4125

Re: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

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. ...

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by Nomadd
Mon May 23, 2022 6:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 34
Views: 4125

Re: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

Limited docking life is the rub. Soyuz is rated for half a year, and was seen pushing it a few times. That's a capability sorely missed from new vehicles. What are you talking about? Manned Dragon and Starliner are both rated for 7 months. Just curious - what's the limiting factor? Rubber seals get...

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by Nomadd
Mon May 23, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 95
Views: 10800

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

OK, and the next next question: How many Starliner capsules is Boeing contracted to or expected to build? SpaceX has already halted building new Crew Dragon 2's as the current fleet of four will suffice for current expected flight needs. Tugg They are all built. 4 Crew Dragon and 2 Starliner. That'...

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by Nomadd
Mon May 23, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air Suspends First Officer Hiring
Replies: 32
Views: 9013

Re: Cape Air Suspends First Officer Hiring

I think FOs are a terrible idea for their 402s. That means I can't get their seat.

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by Nomadd
Mon May 23, 2022 10:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 34
Views: 4125

Re: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

Limited docking life is the rub. Soyuz is rated for half a year, and was seen pushing it a few times. That's a capability sorely missed from new vehicles. What are you talking about? Manned Dragon and Starliner are both rated for 7 months. Seriously? I must have slept through that class :) Thanks f...

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by Nomadd
Sun May 22, 2022 11:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 34
Views: 4125

Re: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

Phosphorus wrote:
Limited docking life is the rub. Soyuz is rated for half a year, and was seen pushing it a few times.
That's a capability sorely missed from new vehicles.

What are you talking about? Manned Dragon and Starliner are both rated for 7 months.

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by Nomadd
Sun May 22, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 34
Views: 4125

Re: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

All manned capsules have always been qualified lifeboats. Dragon is limited to 4 and Starliner to 5. NASA made SpaceX remove the row of three seats because they didn't like the angles. The passengers ride the same type of capsule both ways because the spacesuits are only designed for one. Why NASA d...

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by Nomadd
Thu May 19, 2022 4:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 95
Views: 10800

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

Sealing valve electrical connectors and safing pyros just seems so basic it doesn't really inspire hope that things are improving over there.

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by Nomadd
Tue May 17, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1178
Views: 466667

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

There's a difference between a depressed person who ends his life and a mass murderer.

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by Nomadd
Tue May 17, 2022 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU is banning import of Tetraethyllead (for Avgas 100LL) from 2025
Replies: 38
Views: 8403

Re: EU is banning import of Tetraethyllead (for Avgas 100LL) from 2025

There are a couple of drop in replacements for most planes - the industry has been working on this for years. But nothing is 100% - for example old leaded gas cars has extra valve seat wear, even with proper octane. So everything has to be tested, approved, certified, etc. G100UL was finally first ...

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by Nomadd
Sat May 14, 2022 2:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

There are questions about counting FH boosters, Amos-6 and the abort booster, but by my count, this was the 134th consecutive successful Falcon 9 launch, breaking the R7 family record.

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by Nomadd
Tue May 03, 2022 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 35
Views: 7899

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Said the loads on the helicopter were greater than expected, so as a precaution, they let it go for secondary splashdown and retrieval. But still a major success. They will improve on that and showed the idea is viable. Yes, just watched the webcast after seeing a headline, Space X had plenty of ne...

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by Nomadd
Mon May 02, 2022 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are the Pratt & Whitney GTF reliability issues fixed now?
Replies: 57
Views: 12721

Re: Are the Pratt & Whitney GTF reliability issues fixed now?

Yes. Most of the premature wear is in the hot section. The compressors seem to be holding up better than the turbines. The gearbox, that many assumed would be problematic, have had no issues. Pratt is aware of all the issues. I presume they are diligently working to resolve but it seems they have a...

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by Nomadd
Thu Apr 28, 2022 3:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA 747SP retiring
Replies: 13
Views: 3053

NASA 747SP retiring

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-partn ... ia-mission

Are there any other 747SPs actually still in operation?
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The SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is finally getting put to pasture.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-partn ... ia-mission

Are there any other 747SPs actually still in operation?

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by Nomadd
Wed Apr 27, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

How did I miss the Crew-4 launch... :ghost: April 29th will see a new record: Booster 1062 will fly after a 21-day refurbishment. It will be her sixth lunch. On May 8th, two Starlink launches from the east coast! A 21 day lunch break sounds a little excessive. If the Starlink gets off on the 29th, ...

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by Nomadd
Wed Apr 27, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Partners With Elon Musk's SpaceX Co. To Offer Free Inflight WIFI
Replies: 28
Views: 4073

Re: Hawaiian Partners With Elon Musk's SpaceX Co. To Offer Free Inflight WIFI

hiflyeras wrote:
Just where is Starlink at as far as FAA certification of the antenna required for mounting on the 'roof' of the fuselage? I'm wondering why they are both a bit vague about a start date.

The antennas should fit in the same hump they already have approved for geo antennas.

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by Nomadd
Tue Apr 26, 2022 6:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Crew was pretty wobbly on exiting the spacecraft. Was the crew able to use ISS exercise equipment during their “bonus” days? I believe I heard a call for private medical conference after splashdown…. It's a thing that's existed for thousands of years. Everybody takes a bit to get their land legs ba...

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by Nomadd
Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 358
Views: 43227

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Just had a NASA teleconference, the rollback decision was taken because the nitrogen vendor asked for time to expand their pipeline capacity, which had been the source of delays on the earlier tests. They are looking at 3 options for completing WDR. Two of them involve double trips back to VAB, the...

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by Nomadd
Mon Apr 18, 2022 6:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 95
Views: 10800

Re: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread

Artemis WDR has been mostly successful. They found 2 minor issues in an incredibly complex system. A check valve that doesn't seal properly, and a hydrogen fitting that leaked under a pressure surge. Both are easily fixed. They wouldn't be rolling it back if it was "easily" fixed. And you...

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by Nomadd
Mon Apr 18, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 358
Views: 43227

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

I remember how many times in the early days SpaceX people would go to the launch pad and pretty much hit a sticky cryo valve with a hammer to get things going. If they'd used the proper methods of fixing something, they'd still be at it when the sun turned into a red giant. The Shuttle had a lot of ...

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by Nomadd
Mon Apr 18, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

GDB wrote:
I understand that they are happy using ‘their’ boosters!
An accommodation given the proven reliability of the Falcon and saving tax $?

In binary, Axiom was successful, consecutive F9 launch number 10,000,000.

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by Nomadd
Thu Apr 14, 2022 5:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb reaches operating temperature
Replies: 3
Views: 1261

Re: James Webb reaches operating temperature

James Webb Space Telescope instrument reaches super-cold operating temperature https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-absolute-zero-calibration It did 5 days ago. The media outlets are just doing their normal jumping on the bandwagon. A good place to keep track of things is https://jwst.n...

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by Nomadd
Sun Apr 10, 2022 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 231
Views: 42496

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

kitplane01 wrote:
I would be real curious how much more a ULA launch costs over a SpaceX launch.

I think Tory said they'd be six solid boosters. That would make them $200 million missions.
SpaceX spends less on an entire mission than ULA does on two of those solids.

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by Nomadd
Sat Apr 09, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 243
Views: 30133

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Axiom-1 just docked at ISS. Docking delayed by communications difficulties. Dragon voice comms were getting cut off, resolved by crew delaying speech after pushing talk switch. Then ISS crew was not receiving Dragon centerline camera views, resolved by waiting for a pass over a SpaceX ground statio...

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by Nomadd
Fri Apr 08, 2022 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL 757 off runway at SJO
Replies: 131
Views: 26393

Re: DHL 757 off runway at SJO

How would you expect it to go if brakes on one side locked? Would locked wheels or wheels with properly operating brakes have more traction? Locked wheels have less traction, properly working brakes and rotating wheels have more traction. ABS in cars is based on this principle: it reduces brake pre...

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by Nomadd
Fri Apr 08, 2022 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL 757 off runway at SJO
Replies: 131
Views: 26393

Re: DHL 757 off runway at SJO

How would you expect it to go if brakes on one side locked? Would locked wheels or wheels with properly operating brakes have more traction?

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by Nomadd
Thu Mar 31, 2022 4:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rapidly Reusable Rockets in the Military
Replies: 14
Views: 2057

Re: Rapidly Reusable Rockets in the Military

A bomber that you can see on radar 500 miles away would probably not get to target or return home to be reused very often. It takes more than a few trucks of fuel to fill a Starship for the return trip, and the methane and LOX need to be much higher grade than normal gas plants can put out. But the...

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