A much cheaper alternative would be a retired USAF C-5A/B from the Boneyard. NASA could have as many as they want, but I don't think they would need more than 3 or 4. These C-5A/Bs could be brought up to the C-5AMP and C-5M configuration, then sent to have the fuselage widened and taller while reta...Jump to post
NASASpaceflight review of the green run...
Doesn't the proximity of the launch and landing facilities risk damage to the neighbouring pads, and to vehicles waiting for launch there, in case of an explosion? If that's not an issue, why did NASA build their stuff so far apart at KSC in the first place? Complex 39 was designed for LOX/Hydrogen...Jump to post
Along the same lines, do airlines strategically shop around for fuel at airports/states/countries with lower prices? Not only that, they buy large amounts of fuel futures in order to decrease exposure to price fluctuations. Delta went so far as to buy a refinery. I am unsure if they are still in th...Jump to post
Can't help but wonder how metaphorically close to the sun spacex is flying. Sooner or later one of those high use boosters will fail. Sush now, there are fans of the “test, explode, fix, test again” design philosophy that don’t want to hear that. On the other hand, payloads flying on high cycle boo...Jump to post
I meant exactly flying military personnel in and out, not wounded. The CRAF aircraft I assume were not made to have some markings distinguishing say this particular TW741 carrying personnel from another TW741 carrying fare paying pax? Something similar to the Lusitania technically being a legal tar...Jump to post
That’s a lot of window belt repairs!
I understand the doors & frames are cut out to make door trainers, true?
Just a few hours ago - the first successful static fire of Snate SN8. The first time around, the rokkit blew off a piece of martyte - the ceramic-filled epoxy resin that protects the launchpad (as well as the landing pads). That piece tore through a Raptor engine. I saw Martyte, or something simila...Jump to post
Open Skies has always been problematic since neither Russia or the US actually needs the imagery collected by these aircraft. Rather the imagery is really intended for allied countries that lack the technical means to collect this imagery themselves. Benefit to Russia/US was stability and confidence...Jump to post
Dry ice is a problem for any pressurized aircraft. As the CO2 sublimes it displaces O2. How much dry ice an aircraft can carry depends on number of pax aboard, cabin air refresh rate, and type of aircraft. If I recall my military airlift experience correctly flying unpressurized was also an option f...Jump to post
Lots of variables with this question.... Pre-season game, regular game, post-season, Super Bowl? Type of market team is resident in? EtcJump to post
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