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by Avatar2go
Fri Sep 30, 2022 7:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

As AG, Paxton has argued on behalf of the state that the prosecution powers are subject to discretion, and won't be abused, Let's say that's true. I don't know if it's the case for all US laws but I've read enough stories showing this is true for many. How can a justice system be just, if basically...

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Fri Sep 30, 2022 5:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44357

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

What a bloody clown show. Why do we have to just sit and accept this nonsense from an obviously compromised judicial entity? It’s as if nothing the 11th circuit indicated registered with her whatsoever. It's clear that Trump will continue to appeal to Judge Cannon, since she is sympathetic to his c...

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Fri Sep 30, 2022 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 465
Views: 111520

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Seattle Times says Max at risk of not making deadline. Congress acts to extend deadline. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/with-two-max-models-at-risk-congress-moves-to-give-boeing-a-break/ The article confirms that the hold-up on the MAX-7 is in Boeing's preparation of the Sys...

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Fri Sep 30, 2022 4:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 26
Views: 1192

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

I never said a B-21 based tanker would be invisible. I clearly mentioned no stealth coatings. It will still have a tactically significant radar cross section reduction compared to the KC-46 The refueling tanker circuit position are based on the chance of detection and the risk they are willing to t...

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by Avatar2go
Fri Sep 30, 2022 3:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 233
Views: 29291

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

It's interesting that the focus seems to be on raising the orbit and not really servicing. EVAs are being looked into but are apparently optional, as is manning the mission at all. I honestly thought that, beyond maintaining its orbit, Hubble's issues were that its hardware was slowly starting to f...

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by Avatar2go
Fri Sep 30, 2022 12:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 26
Views: 1192

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

I am not convinced the concept is valid. Aircraft are high value targets. You would not want to forward deploy them unless you really have to. Just ask Russia how their airbases get shelled by artillery and rockets. So with that in mind a forward deployed tanker makes little sense. But let’s say th...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 26
Views: 1192

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

The KC-46 costs $239.8 million each. https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/699661.pdf Based on the last few lots of KC-46 acquisition, the flyaway cost is hovering around $145M. The key difference is the KC-46 will get shot down with 2 pilots KIA if it goes near the front line. A big price premium can be ...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 233
Views: 29291

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

NASA and SpaceX today jointly announced a feasibility study to boost the Hubble Space Telescope using commercial space vehicles such as Crew Dragon or Starship. As well as the potential for future servicing missions. The study will consider how to grapple or dock with Hubble, as well as if EVA would...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44357

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

Judge Cannon has ruled on Trump's objections to the Special Master's plan, overturning some of Judge Dearie's requirements, and upholding others: 1. Plaintiff does not have to make a final determination as to the veracity of the seized documents inventory, until the end of the process. 2. Plaintiff ...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet group places Boeing 737-10 order
Replies: 61
Views: 7516

Re: Westjet group places Boeing 737-10 order

Btw. isn't it a BIG risk to order now? Especially as the certification is in serious doubt. If the certification occurs after December 31, 2022, the aircraft will be fitted with an Engine-indicating and crew-alerting system... So the fleet commonality with the rest of the -MAX are not longer given!...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 26
Views: 1192

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

The future of USAF tanking is a steady transition from the KC-135 to the KC-46, followed by whatever KC-Z turns out to be. USAF has expressed interest in a BWB aircraft for KC-Z. But that is very preliminary.

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 10:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44357

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

Trump has filed a response to the DoJ request for a brief extension, due to the DoJ hiring a vendor to scan the seized documents. He asserts that the 11,000 documents consist of 200,000 pages, and no vendor would commit to scanning that quantity under the schedule provided by the master. Therefore h...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

Here is a more detailed account of what happened. Paxton and his office had been evading the service for several days. Further plaintiff's counsel Myers was in contact with Paxton's office while the server waited outside Paxton's home, advising them that he was refusing service, and asking if they w...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 5:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

No one wants to be served. It is not a legal thing, it is a human nature thing. What were the papers being served? The service was of 2 subpoenas for testimony in the federal class-action lawsuit, asking for an injunction on HB1280, SB8, and other pre-Roe Texas laws. These laws give the state broad...

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 5:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42863

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

Yep, direct hit. Fortunately intensity is forecast to be 55 knots crossing the east coast. Still a major storm though.

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by Avatar2go
Thu Sep 29, 2022 5:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 26
Views: 1192

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

The tactical tanker is supposed to be able to refuel aircraft operating from forward improvised rough & unimproved airfields. The concept is valid but in practice this tanker would be range limited and very vulnerable. So it would be more of a niche application. The USAF might bite on a few of t...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

It probably was a stretch by the federal class-action plaintiffs to subpoena an attorney general. But he should have accepted service and then dealt with it openly in court. Instead of trying to quash before service. Here is an article that describes the lawsuit, the plaintiffs, and the defendants. ...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 465
Views: 111520

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Really can't compare the pre-accident FAA certification process to the post-accident process. I would expect we'll see the same thing with the 777x. That's going to be the new reality for awhile, at FAA. But I would also expect Boeing will adjust and improve within the new process, having more submi...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

How can a Texas law apply to you if you're not in Texas ? It doesn't, what Texas is trying to do is apply the law to residents of Texas when they travel to a different state. Yes, the law would criminalize crossing the state border for the purpose of seeking abortion services. Texas Senate Bill 8, ...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

Maybe that is why the judge quashed it, I don't know. I didn't look into the decision, but I bet its public record if you really want to know the truth. Look for the court record, not a news story. I don't know, nor care why he did what he did. I was just pointing out that it's not different set of...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

I'm not defending this persons actions, I don't know what the subpoena is for and don't care to look it up, but this happens everyday with process servers. There are not two sets of rules, people all over the country do this crap everyday to avoid being served and things such as having cars reposse...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

So how should a subpoena be served or is he beyond the law. All these guys operate by two sets of rules, one for them and one for everyone else. It's the characteristic that defines them. What's amazing is that they convince their supporters that they are looking out for others, and not for themsel...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Paxton flees process server, then has subpoenas quashed

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled a process server who tried to serve two subpoenas, for him to testify in an abortion rights lawsuit challenging the restriction of rights to travel out of state for medical care. Paxton then filed a motion to quash, saying the subpoenas had been improperly serv...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk Backing Out of Twitter Deal
Replies: 58
Views: 4702

Re: Elon Musk Backing Out of Twitter Deal

Twitter has revealed in court documents that Musk's own independent evaluation firms, gave estimates of 5% and 11% for the number of Twitter users that are bots. Thus undercutting his claims of far higher numbers, and fraud committed by Twitter. https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-data-scienti...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 465
Views: 111520

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

What is left to be so tricky? Isn't this more about deciding legally if they get extra time and if the MAX 8 solution can be accepted for the MAX 10 as well? Is the MAX 10 practical flying and behaving so differently? Are there aerodynamic surprises? Longer should be more stable? This is only specu...

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by Avatar2go
Wed Sep 28, 2022 6:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42863

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

NASA has revealed that the electrical fire incident in the high bay yesterday was an arc flash event, which ocurred in an electrical connector. A spark landed on a cordon rope, which began to smolder, so crews pulled the alarm which evacuated the building. A fairly minor incident. https://blogs.nasa...

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by Avatar2go
Tue Sep 27, 2022 9:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44357

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

This YouTube has an excellent and clear analysis of the legal events AND worth waiting to the end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-N6h4_ey6c The New York case against Trump is civil and not criminal. It will take many years for that to resolve. But it has a much greater chance of success than the...

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by Avatar2go
Tue Sep 27, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART

txjim wrote:
Does this mean all the dinosaurs on Diomorphos have been wiped out?


Not only that, but the impact crater will form an ocean bowl of warm water, that fosters hurricanes and will plague the inhabits for eons.

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by Avatar2go
Tue Sep 27, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART

First DART impact images from LICIACube. Top is the bright ejecta from Dimorphos, bottom is Didymos. Like a flash bulb in space. A big bang! Note the ejecta is almost as large & bright as Didymos, even though Dimorphos is much smaller object. That was a lot of energy. https://media.discordapp.ne...

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by Avatar2go
Tue Sep 27, 2022 1:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART

I wish NASA had separated the impacting module and an observation module with a hi-rez camera with a transmitter so that the actucal impact event could be filmed from the observation module at a front-row vantage point. That's what LICIACube is. It was ejected from DART on Sept 11 and flew an obser...

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Tue Sep 27, 2022 9:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART

LICIACube has provided the first 4 images of the impact & plume. The bit rate is really low right now but will improve when the Madrid DSN station comes into view later today. ASI in Italy is currently processing the images for NASA release.

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Tue Sep 27, 2022 8:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 307
Views: 21468

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

It seems like the DA mentioned Baldwin to make the point that she's going up against high powered defense lawyers, and needs funds. She also said 1 to 4 defendants, and that the charges would involve homicide. Beyond that it's hard to say without knowledge of the evidence. We do know that the FBI co...

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Tue Sep 27, 2022 12:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Corpus Christie New Harbor Bridge
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Corpus Christie New Harbor Bridge

It's been somewhat interesting to follow the conflict that has erupted over the Corpus Christie New Harbor Bridge. It's a very large long-span cable-stayed bridge that was originally designed by Figg, but after their pedestrian bridge in Florida collapsed, Texas hired an independent consultant IBT, ...

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Tue Sep 27, 2022 12:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44357

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

So it appears that all the confidential & classified materials have been segregated and retained by the FBI for their investigation, but the remainder will be reviewed by the master. It will be interesting to see the conflict between what Trump claims is his, and what DoJ claims as National Arch...

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Mon Sep 26, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: An Impact That's Deep. NASA DART

Yeah, that was really impressive. Basically sharpshooting in space. Last 2 minutes were ballistic & uncontrolled. Can't wait to see the data collected by numerous space and terrestrial observatories, plus the LICIACube satellite that DART released before collision.

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Mon Sep 26, 2022 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes: Denver Riggleman Spells Out 2020 Election Plot
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: 60 Minutes: Denver Riggleman Spells Out 2020 Election Plot

I’m not sure hardcore MAGAs are particularly interested in any narrative other than the predetermined one. True, their arguments won't vary, but they have more credence when the opposing side involves speculation. It keeps their foot in the door, to use the language of Judge Cannon. That's why the ...

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by Avatar2go
Mon Sep 26, 2022 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes: Denver Riggleman Spells Out 2020 Election Plot
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: 60 Minutes: Denver Riggleman Spells Out 2020 Election Plot

Further research by CNN on the WH 9-second call, found that it was to 3 "knuckleheads" that were driving back to New York at the time of the call. They apparently did not answer. It's not clear why they would have been called as they have no known links to anyone of importance. https://www...

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Mon Sep 26, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42863

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

I heard on a webcast recently that rolling the assembly back and forth between the pad and the VAB actually put quite a bit of stress on the vehicle. More so on fact than the pressure and temperature cycling of the rocket during tests and WDRs. I wonder if that's true, and why that would be. It's n...

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Mon Sep 26, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing B-52 Re-engine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 369
Views: 85834

Re: Boeing B-52 Re-engine News and Discussion Thread

Here is an interesting article and Boeing video on the new B-52 engine nacelle testing. The article covers the B-52 upgrade program in depth, including other planned modifications. https://theaviationist.com/2022/09/25/b-52-new-engine-nacelles-test/ https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense/status/157225433...

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Mon Sep 26, 2022 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Max: Boeing to pay $200m over charges it misled investors
Replies: 30
Views: 3488

Re: 737 Max: Boeing to pay $200m over charges it misled investors

Many of us had a negative view of Boeing prior to the accidents. Those accidents and the denial that followed solidified the negative views of Boeing. Yes, I'm aware. But those views were in the minority, until widely disseminated to the public by the media narrative. What are the actual "comp...

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Mon Sep 26, 2022 12:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42863

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

Reports are that NASA will defer the Artemis rollback decision for up to 24 hours, due to further slowing of Tropical Storm Ian. Ian is now showing signs of intensification that would lead to a hurricane, but the track uncertainty is increasing due to weak steering. So the original 27th launch date ...

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by Avatar2go
Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Max: Boeing to pay $200m over charges it misled investors
Replies: 30
Views: 3488

Re: 737 Max: Boeing to pay $200m over charges it misled investors

2 years doesn't erase 22 years of cutting corners, bullying engineers and QA people and then driving home denial and deceit. It'll take some time for many to give Boeing and Calhoun the benefit of the doubt. Self reporting after decades of saying everything is hunky dory, you'll have to forgive us ...

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Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Max: Boeing to pay $200m over charges it misled investors
Replies: 30
Views: 3488

Re: 737 Max: Boeing to pay $200m over charges it misled investors

It's very easy to portray "Boeing is evil" because they put profit over safety culture, stock price over safety culture, cost cutting over safety culture ever since Stonecipher was named CEO. Heck, even Phil Condit had some hand in the trajectory that landed Boeing where it was in 2018. S...

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Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42863

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

NASA has deferred the roll back decision to either 11 pm tonight or 5 am tomorrow morning. They have moved the crawler under the rocket to save time, in the event they have to roll.

Ian continues to slow, which is making the forecast more uncertain, but also gives them more time.

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Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42863

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

TangoandCash wrote:
How "waterproof" (for lack of a better term) is the insulation on the tank? Would sustained wind-driven rain, even if not up to tropical storm standards, cause issues?


The SOFI foam is closed-cell, water resistant, so not really an issue to get wet.

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Sun Sep 25, 2022 2:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 231
Views: 42292

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

It was nice to see close-up how that hydrogen burned off and charred the foam on boosters. For just a moment, I thought something was wrong. Also noticed the insulation around the engine nozzles continued to be on fire well into the flight. Before anyone asks…. The additional flame and charring dur...

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Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42863

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

NASA Artemis rollback decision meeting is scheduled around noon today, with an announcement around 1 pm ET. Tropical Storm Ian has continued westward, with its Florida intercept track slowing and also drifting to the west, into the panhandle region. It's expected to develop into a major hurricane as...

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Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 231
Views: 42292

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

BEG2IAH wrote:
It was nice to see close-up how that hydrogen burned off and charred the foam on boosters.


For just a moment, I thought something was wrong. Also noticed the insulation around the engine nozzles continued to be on fire well into the flight.

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Sat Sep 24, 2022 10:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 231
Views: 42292

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

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=liFRHoKbSDA
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ULA got off the Delta 4 Heavy launch of a National Reconnaissance Office payload today, from Vandenberg. No significant issues besides the usual minor problems.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=liFRHoKbSDA

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