Seems almost boring these days, but another successful F9 starlink launch in the books. Most interesting part for me was the landing. The drone ship camera cut out, but stage 1 kept rolling. Can’t remember the last time we got to see a complete landing from the stage 1 point of view. B1058 also mat...Jump to post
I think most people fail to grasp the severity of these drastic upcoming climatic changes. This alone has the potential to throw the weather patterns for most of Western Europe completely out of whack, costing trillions upon trillions of dollars to the concerned nations. For anyone wondering how muc...Jump to post
Watching @ NSF Mary's footage, it seems clear that the vehicle exploded mid air during the flip maneuver, about 1 second after at least one of the engines reignited.
It's a shame there was so much fog. The footage would have been spectacular (and an interesting investigation tool).
Again, there was a fire near the base of one of the engines since early in the launch, I'd say from a methane leak. The telemetry, at least the video part of it, was crap throughout. And again, it seemed there was a problem with Raptor ignition for the landing burn and another RUD, eerily shrouded ...Jump to post
Rep. Jim Jordan of Texas asks: Will you need to show your vaccine passport to vote? 2:57 PM · Mar 30, 2021 https://twitter.com/Jim_Jordan/status/1376986968396021761?s=20 GOP: "You need valid and very specific form of ID, which you may or may not easily obtain, and which lots of people happen t...Jump to post
Again, there was a fire near the base of one of the engines since early in the launch, I'd say from a methane leak. The telemetry, at least the video part of it, was crap throughout. And again, it seemed there was a problem with Raptor ignition for the landing burn and another RUD, eerily shrouded i...Jump to post
Brazil and France have full hospitals and we should be able to agree herd immunity isn't helping them. But that's the thing, there's no way of saying that since even the most optimistic assumptions about the seroprevalence of this virus don't get us to herd immunity levels anywhere in the World yet...Jump to post
This seems a bit rushed. Not to mention that the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department is not famous for being a pioneer in approving and trialing new air transport technologies. One thing all those over-enthusiastic tech companies wishing to revolutionize aerial transport seem to naively refuse to u...Jump to post
There are only going to be 420 million doses of vaccine for Europe by mid-July. https://news.yahoo.com/eus-breton-hopes-vaccine-push-122145019.html I'm getting lost in the math on how that provides 450 million people herd immunity. I'm also a cynic seeing that sum missed by some amount (we can deba...Jump to post
That’s called a self-regulating system... mother Earth is fighting her own virus. :checkmark: Things have not been the same on the 3rd planet since it was poisoned with oxygen. Now we are headed to the 4th planet, which has been perfect for about 4.5 Billion earth years, to see what kind of damage ...Jump to post
That’s called a self-regulating system... mother Earth is fighting her own virus.Jump to post
When Airbus took over that program it was a sad day for Bombardier but a red letter day for the CS. If this interview demonstrates anything, it is that sadly, BBD would have likely gone nowhere with this program, no matter how nice of a design the CS300 was... The strength of an airliner program li...Jump to post
Zinc chromate (ya they still do it), CIC (corrosion inhibiting compound), paint, etc... Its good “clean” aluminum. As long as the aluminum isn’t all mixed up with the next lower valued metal you’ll generally get the top dollar. That’s my limited experience over the years... The scrapper doesn’t car...Jump to post
This is virus vs. humanity. Lightsaber I generally agree with you, but this particular statement is an exaggeration and part of why this virus is too often taken out of context and proportion. Yes, the virus is bad. It kills many people. It is, however, no threat to humanity. For perspective, this ...Jump to post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3odScka55A Quick video by Vox explaining vaccines efficacy figures and their very relative importance... In short: get the vaccine you're offered. And in this spirit, I got shot yesterday. In the arm. With a needle full of vaccine. Apart from the green goo oozing out...Jump to post
I am very impressed at the trend in Israel: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/israel/ It's especially impressive when you compare the dwindling figures from Israel to the figures from its unvaccinated neighbors such as Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon which are currently all undergoing hig...Jump to post
wardialer wrote:2. Remember the HIV virus (AIDS) that broke out in the early 80s? How come it was not mandatory back then to wear a mask and social distancing?
This is one bigass booster. 9 meters wide and 70 meters tall. It just needs a 50 meter tall Starship on top to complete the picture. There's a few things I don't get about their stacking approach... Are they really using Tankzilla (through the high bay roof) to lift and stack the booster sections? ...Jump to post
Here's a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBgbieQnwaI Nice gimbaling action @ 1:56 and towards the end again @ 8:20. It seemed like the thermal insulation on the right of the camera was on fire for a while, at least at the beginning, though it's probably a non-event since it would stop q...Jump to post
What's the utilization of NASA's Guppy? I have a feeling it doesn't justify procuring a new aircraft. Airbus Beluga is the logical solution. They are used, and hence probably a lot cheaper than any new frame. The oversize cargo capacity now exists in the private sector. that can take ~25 feet wide ...Jump to post
I love seeing these things sail (fly?), but I agree that it's become so elitist that it's discouraging many teams from many nations from competing. Not content with only happening once every 4 years, only 4 teams bothered to show up this year, which doesn't help with opening up the cup to a wider au...Jump to post
What's the utilization of NASA's Guppy? I have a feeling it doesn't justify procuring a new aircraft. The oversize cargo capacity now exists in the private sector and it would be much more cost effective for NASA to charter a large cargo airplane for the odd time they need to shift a big piece of ha...Jump to post
If you receive money or other valuable consideration from the government, you should forfeit your vote—you have a conflict of interest. That applies to people and companies, zero corporate welfare, zero contributions to politics in any form. If you don’t pay taxes, don’t own property, don’t run a b...Jump to post
Nobody is hoping for the vaccines to flop. Pfizer's PR might as well state that their vaccines give you wings. Why aren't we seeing the results that we hoped for at the macro scale? Israel is doing worse than many countries that have minimal vaccination rates, as shown by Worldometers and the Israe...Jump to post
It bears reminding that people currently being vaccinated tend to belong to a category where mortality rate from all kinds of ailments is much higher than average, which is why they're being vaccinated before everyone else in the first place. If we stop vaccinating and investigate to death every tim...Jump to post
You mean the airline that basically told Boeing to design an airplane for them bought that airplane?
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you...
Still. Good news for Boeing and the MAX. It needed it.
The general theory is that people in cooler climates tend to prefer warm tones (I certainly do) whereas people from warmer climates tend to prefer cooler/blueish tones, as the visual light temperature may help unconsciously reduce the discomfort from high or low temperatures. From I've seen travelin...Jump to post
I first want to see 'islands' vaccinated to reopen international aviation (this is an aviation blog). But I also want to see all healthcare, first responders, teachers, and age 75+ taken care of early. It's encouraging to see that some nations are putting airline and airport workers (along with oth...Jump to post
I think the charismatic Mr. Musk must still learn a lot how to build a reliable space missile. Money alone and positive business speech doesn't help. I don't know about that... I'd say he's built space vehicles that are better than most others already, with much less resources. Case in point: B1049...Jump to post
I am guessing they just couldn't contain the fire after that landing/crash with style. These raptors seem to have a tendency to set themselves, and everything around them, on fire... The fire started when they shut down two of the engines after the flip, and was never contained. The hard landing pr...Jump to post
You can fire as many people as you want, but as long as the underlying operating philosophy is that a power grid is there for profit rather than as a fundamental building block of society as well as its lifeline, nothing is going to change. But of course, there needs to be scapegoats... Not that I f...Jump to post
Well, I wasn't being sarcastic. It probably will give us some decent indication on whether the virus spreads differently in Texas with little to no restrictions compared to other states which mandate tougher mask rules, lock downs and business closures. To be honest, I wouldn't risk a verdict just y...Jump to post
But most importantly, he turn plane bacc
Interestingly, NASA just released an inspirational PR video on the Artemis program:
Pretty nice, but the cynic in me has a feeling they're about to ask for more money...
What I mean is that while I was favoring some loosening of international travel, I think during the vaccine application years (2021 2022 and 2023), new bans should be implemented immediately for travel between mainly vaccinated areas and mainly unvaccinated ones. What the cut off is I don't know, b...Jump to post
Here's Scott Manley's take on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFdVv4Sau7E He raises the valid point that this new rocket seems eerily similar to Antares in size and payload and will launch from the same facility. If Northrop Grumman wanted to replace the mostly foreign-built Antares with a local...Jump to post
France now approves AZ for people over 65:
Approved up to age 74 now...
I suppose they now have more data that confirms that it is effective for this age group.
Now I wish the rest of continental Europe followed suit.
Well, I hope we can agree at least that if SLS had flown in 2016 as it was supposed to, and if the cost per launch hadn’t ballooned from $500MM to something in the range of a few billion, we wouldn’t be here debating it’s relative worth vs. cancellation options moving forward, wondering if it will ...Jump to post
We are seeing the same thing on the other side except the fringe members pursuing their policies are running into the moderates who now hold the power. It's politics, it all works out in the end because no party is one or the other. No, we're not seeing the same thing on 'the other side'. This defl...Jump to post
NIKV69 wrote:I see, so we can expect it to take as much time as the walls being up around the capital. Sounds like a plan.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/22/send-spacex-dragon-moon/ I'm not a big fan of that article... Quote: This commercially developed spacecraft has given our nation the means to carry crews to the moon — and perhaps beyond — much faster and cheaper than has ever been envisioned. Exce...Jump to post
Launching from Virginia I certainly don’t get but as indicated I’m sure there are reasons for it. I have a feeling they just want to save money by using the supporting infrastructure already built at Wallops rather than building all of it from scratch in NZ. They are also entering a game in which i...Jump to post