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by zanl188
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

The four people are on the way down. I've watched a tiny bit of the live stream - which is on right now. And one of the astronauts is watching "Spaceballs" on his iPad. :biggrin: Musk kicked in $50M towards the funding goal for St Judes. Earlier this evening it sounded to me like they wer...

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by zanl188
Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1429

Re: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread

https://youtu.be/qFjoPw0CfAU
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Engine failed about 15 sec into flight. New video from Firefly:

https://youtu.be/qFjoPw0CfAU

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 29, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

CRS-23 launch with first stage landing on A Shortfall Of Gravitas… https://youtu.be/x-KiDqxAMU0 I was hoping first stage landing video would be better with the new drone ship. They may have some more tweaking to do. Space flight related item: there is a shortage of LOX across the southern US. Appare...

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 29, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Astra tests, launches and developments

Thanks for starting an Astra thread. One of five first stage engines failed at lift off. This made the thrust to weight ratio 1 to 1. It hovered off of the pad. Didn’t start to climb until it burned off some propellant. Tumble was due to intentional flight termination.. The initial “lean and hover” ...

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by zanl188
Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10624

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

LyleLanley wrote:
Please try to think before you post.


As someone who has worked on a C-17 or two, I suggest you do the same.

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by zanl188
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10624

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

People reported falling from the sky while departing . Media report people was hanging outside the C-17 on takeoff. Oh my god. Indeed. Oh my God. C-17 rolling, with people on the landing gear fairing: https://twitter.com/TOLOnews/status/1427204278695997442 Blurry video of two people falling from a ...

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by zanl188
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://youtu.be/t705r8ICkRw

If you lack the time….. “Don’t optimize stupid requirements”
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If you’ve got an hour, part 1 of Everyday Astronauts tour of Starbase with Musk is worth a listen….

https://youtu.be/t705r8ICkRw

If you lack the time….. “Don’t optimize stupid requirements”

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort
Replies: 19
Views: 3647

Re: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort

The C-5 flight deck, cockpit doesn’t really describe it fully, had a major failing—it wasn’t sealed up under the pilots’ feet. Normally, not a problem until unloading out the front on a cold day. The cold and wind would blow up they the unsealed areas behind the panel and freeze your feet. I mentio...

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

BN3 successfully completed 3 engine static fire about 30 minutes ago.

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by zanl188
Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2393

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... new-images
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Hubble back to science operations…

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... new-images

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by zanl188
Sat Jul 17, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2393

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... telescope/
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Successful switch to backup computer.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... telescope/

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by zanl188
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 75
Views: 25492

Re: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread

Not a mention of Rutan on the VG webcast. Whole concept was his brainchild.

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by zanl188
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 88852

Re: 737 Cargo in water at HNL

01:40 USGC informed of the pending crash (aircraft at about 600 ft at this time) 01:45 last ADS-B contact at 50’ 02:51 first pilot picked up by HFD boat 02:57 second pilot picked up by USCG helicopter / Given statement of Coast Guard helo crew this timeline appears implausible at worst or misinterp...

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by zanl188
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 88852

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Every reference I’ve seen regarding “an hour for USCG helo to arrive” has measured that hour from time of 737 takeoff, not time of ditching. What was Coast Guards planned response time? (Time from notification to airborne) The USCG have said in numerous reports they were notified around 01:40, wher...

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 88852

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Every reference I’ve seen regarding “an hour for USCG helo to arrive” has measured that hour from time of 737 takeoff, not time of ditching.

What was Coast Guards planned response time? (Time from notification to airborne)

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by zanl188
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2393

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

I suspect only option for repair on orbit is SpaceX & Starship. Starship isn’t anywhere near ready.

Maybe backup computer will work.

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by zanl188
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2393

Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... -telescope
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Computer suffered a problem a week ago. Backup computer is available but, as of 18 Jun, had not yet been tried.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... -telescope

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by zanl188
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 13749

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

https://youtu.be/5n8AY-k-Su4
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SLS core stage was stacked today.

Amazing how the VAB can make even the largest pieces of hardware seem small.

https://youtu.be/5n8AY-k-Su4

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by zanl188
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6316

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

I believe so.

I’m pretty sure I heard that the $28M would be donated to charity. Likely a tax write off.

Lot of cash for a short ride.

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by zanl188
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6316

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

3rd seat just went for $28M.

For a suborbital flight.

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by zanl188
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Retro-jet maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 2654

Re: Retro-jet maintenance

Looked amazing when brand new then I don’t think they polished them again, they looked terrible, like they had a skin disease Oxidation on NWs bare metal surfaces always looked like crap. Especially around the doors where jetway rubber rubbed against the metal. Every time I heard the NW gong on the...

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by zanl188
Sat May 22, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15039

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

No flippable rollers on 747F. C-5 has them so flush floor can be driven on. This is also one of the reasons for subfloor requirement on KC-10. I’m not sure if this still true, but when KC-10 was new the Booms wouldn’t even let folks walk on the floor. Either had to walk on the seat pallets or the ca...

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by zanl188
Sat May 22, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15039

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

An entire study about all (tanker/cargo) possibilities of 747's in military service is available here : http://www.ausairpower.net/APAA/APA-2005-02.pdf This study was performed for the Australian tanker selection, but also a lot of info about the 747 military pallet cargo loads / loading possibilit...

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by zanl188
Sat May 22, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15039

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

Boeing uses a custom loader for the Dreamlifter. If I’m not mistaken TLD made it for them. TLD is a manufacturer of commercial aircraft loaders. Someone mentioned above flying the loader in on a 747. Good luck with that. If memory serves 747 main deck is 19 feet in the air. Tunner and Halvorsen k-lo...

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by zanl188
Sat May 22, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VC-25A/B, E-4B - Type of Fuel
Replies: 9
Views: 2049

Re: VC-25A/B, E-4B - Type of Fuel

It’s actually Jet-A now. JP-8 cost slightly more per gallon, and the powers that be decided that $ wasn’t worth the benefits ~ 2016, so we’re all switched now. If I recall correctly JP-8 had negative health effects for folks that came in contact with it. None of my Fuels MX or POL friends had anyth...

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by zanl188
Fri May 21, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15039

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

But right after arrival your problems start when you try to unload your very heavy stuff, say outsized industrial installations, and need specialized equipment. That is why you have planners. Those folks are smart enough to come up with something. Like lining up a couple of standard cargo lifter tr...

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by zanl188
Sun May 16, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15039

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

The reason for mentioning the 747-8F is that it has unique oversized capability and nose loading that frequently gets used by the USAF. In 20 years time when the 747 fleet runs low the USAF will lose that capability. A 747-8F fleet purchase by the USAF and privately operated would have secured 50+ ...

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by zanl188
Sat May 15, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

And Falcon 9 1st stage has landed successfully on the drone ship. 6th landing for this booster.

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by zanl188
Sat May 15, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

A very dirty, almost dark grey, Falcon 9 is sitting on Pad 39A at the moment getting ready to loft another batch of Starlink sats in about an hour.

Hopefully the Electron failure this morning does not rub off on Falcon 9.

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by zanl188
Sun May 09, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://youtu.be/J71s2KmkSrc

Musk hosts Saturday Night Live… Dogecoin loses 24% of its value….
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And we have a Falcon 9 first stage with a record 10 launches under it’s belt….


https://youtu.be/J71s2KmkSrc

Musk hosts Saturday Night Live… Dogecoin loses 24% of its value….

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by zanl188
Wed May 05, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Baby born on SLC-HNL by mother who didn't know she was pregnant
Replies: 53
Views: 7639

Re: Baby born on SLC-HNL by mother who didn't know she was pregnant

WesternDC6B wrote:
lightsaber wrote:
MDC862 wrote:
The baby HAS to be given a great name out of this.

My recommendation:

Sky King

Juan Trip is my suggestion.

Lightsaber


Dan Roman. (Let's see who gets the reference.)


I’d recognize that whistle anywhere…..

Suggestion for baby name: Delta

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by zanl188
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 13749

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

https://youtu.be/z6d2zjw5CXA
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SLS core stage offloaded at KSC this morning.

https://youtu.be/z6d2zjw5CXA

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by zanl188
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why can a pax stand upright in downstairs toilets?
Replies: 10
Views: 4135

Re: Why can a pax stand upright in downstairs toilets?

DL_Mech wrote:

Oddly enough, an excellent picture appeared this week of the bilge drains. They are open on the ground and close with increased cabin pressure.



I see the drain masts. What are the buttons, for lack of a better word, along the keel?

Also a good view of LED landing lights on the Max.

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by zanl188
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Dragon Endeavor in orbit. Crew 2 Falcon 9 on the ASDS. Good job SpaceX!

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by zanl188
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Crew 2 launch in 20 minutes.

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by zanl188
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 8494

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

The cop you are referring to is now awaiting trial on felony charges. That's not exactly a two week desk assignment. "We will charge this one and hold her up as the example that we discipline our own this one time" is not even close to the same thing. Yeah then we have the Capitol police ...

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by zanl188
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Fire at KCHS
Replies: 9
Views: 1954

Re: C-17 Fire at KCHS

That will keep Boeing AOG folks busy.

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by zanl188
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 13749

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

Full duration run complete....

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by zanl188
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 13749

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

Green Run V2 coming up in about 7 minutes.....

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by zanl188
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://youtu.be/gA6ppby3JC8
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SN 10 flight

https://youtu.be/gA6ppby3JC8

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2803

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

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...

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2803

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

kc135topboom wrote:
If NASA wanted a B-747-LCF, the FAA would not stand in the way.



Sure it would.

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

.... and SpaceX launches, and lands, a Falcon 9 for a record ninth time. We live in exciting times.....

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Return to Service Thread 2021
Replies: 84
Views: 46274

Re: Boeing 737MAX Return to Service Thread 2021

Do we have any nuts and bolts details of the modifications required to return these aircraft to service?

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 13749

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

https://youtu.be/_b6gR0qFzj0
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NASASpaceflight review of the green run...

https://youtu.be/_b6gR0qFzj0

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by zanl188
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2803

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

LightningZ71 wrote:
I guess Boeing could always comission another Dreamlifter, 747-400 LCF


IIRC, 747 type certificate restricts Dreamlifter to Boeing use only.

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by zanl188
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57547

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

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...

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