Well the KC-130 can refuel from the KC-46, and nearly every plane that can refuel using H & D can do it on either. Can the KC-130 refuel off the boom? I don’t believe it can. HC-130J can do it though. Air Force units flying the HC-130 have the low speed drogue. This limits them to refueling hel...Jump to post
Yes the president uses those stairs, often at Andrew’s and during lower profile trips. Here is an article from last month with a picture showing Trump about to use them back in February: https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/local-news/air-force-one-comes-to-west-texas-here-are-some-facts/ When go...Jump to post
Appears to be a plain jane C-130 that has been modified to support LAIRCM, an anti IR missile system.
I don’t see the laser turret though. I’d suggest to you that LAIRCM has been removed while aircraft is in its fire fighting role. The portions that are removable anyway.
ThePointblank wrote:It just has a lower melting temperature compared to steel.
More pictures of some of the damage to Richard: https://twitter.com/mercoglianos/status/1292127890918780929 This one is really striking: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ee6PdhLX0AAMMxe?format=jpg&name=medium The guy is looking up 4 decks of nothing through the island superstructure. The fire melted...Jump to post
Max Q wrote:Iirc one airframe in the overall fleet was not stretched and was retained by NASA operationally for some time after the AF ended their use
Anyone who's seen the DieHard movies know's what happened to N471EV - Bruce Willis had a fight on the wing and set it on fire. Or was that N474EV?
And there are reports that it’s doing better than expected on orbit. http://www.google.com/amp/s/futurism.com/nasa-spacex-crew-dragon-generating-more-power/ What?!? Things aren’t going as expected? Who would have guessed? :-) At least it’s in a positive direction.... Hopefully the gamble pays off....Jump to post
To Zanl harrumphing about the need to prove safety before human flight and national security launches: duh, obviously you prove rockets are reasonably safe prior to those things. The purpose of these test to failure tests is to determine what reasonably safe even is. Welcome to Agile development. J...Jump to post
For many decades failure was basically not allowed for "space" projects, and any rocket failure was seen as the worst defeat, especially if seen by the public! You absolutely could NOT have that. It needed to work and work perfectly or it wasn't good enough. Who cares about delaying the p...Jump to post
That made for an interesting debrief.....Jump to post
Check out GE Aviation on YouTube. They’ve done a series of videos on engine preservation since pandemic started.
Here’s latest one: https://youtu.be/L2MLLUic_NM
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
That's what DM-1 was for. There's no reason to cut DM-2 short if they don't have any trouble getting there. You also have to consider that there's no scheduled bus service to the ISS. Theses guys are staying longer because they need a crew there. DM-1 was not a fully configured spacecraft. No load ...Jump to post
Dm-2 extended. But for how long? https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-crew-dragon-astronaut-launch-debut-nasa-upgrade/ My opinion is DM-2 should be a 2 week mission. There’s value in a post flight examination of the spacecraft before flying the next mission. Short mission buys more time to make any nee...Jump to post
Dm-2 extended. But for how long? https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-crew-dragon-astronaut-launch-debut-nasa-upgrade/ My opinion is DM-2 should be a 2 week mission. There’s value in a post flight examination of the spacecraft before flying the next mission. Short mission buys more time to make any need...Jump to post
Boeing opts for OFT reflight.
https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2020-04-06 ... ext-Flight
Starship SN3 fails cryogenic test.
Reminds me a bit of the Atlas when it lost pressurization.
Too bad we don’t know the circumstances of the test.
Pad abort on this mornings Starlink launch. Due to engine thrust issue. No recycle launch date yet
Stop putting Sam on a pedestal, he's a hobbyist just like everyone else. Well, next time ask for flight deck pic/vids or try to serve food on El Al. Bracelets would be on the menu. He makes it look like a regular passenger vlogging, and does a decent job. I suspect Chui has press credentials.Jump to post
Add in about 20-30 C-5 or C-17 missions for the limos, security teams, etc and any tanker support. You’re looking at a big bill. Also, there’s a little known office called the WHAM-o. White House Military Office (WHMP) that does all the coordination. I did a Banner mission during Winter Olympics, o...Jump to post
Starship SN # 1 tank pressure test failure. I believe this is a fluid leak that created a vacuum, followed by implosion of the tank.
mxaxai wrote:Kiwirob wrote:Just a quick question why do the Marines need 23 helicopters to transport one man?
Presumably they also transport other government officials etc, not only POTUS?
Tugger wrote:Video from Starliner of the entire launch to landing timeline.
Sokes wrote:Does the ice form during descend or on the ground?
If ice on the wings forms during descend, shouldn't it also form during climb? Why is this no problem?
Is fuel in winter heated before it's filled in the plane?
For those that missed the test...
SLS first stage rolled out this week.
‘The fairing deploys a parafoil and has the ability to manipulate it to control descent rate and direction. You can find videos of tests and some of the near misses where it's under the chute.“ Yes, but those facts are already in evidence. I’m looking for the underlying tech that makes recovery work...Jump to post