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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 and alcohol consumption
Replies: 31
Views: 1706

Re: Covid 19 and alcohol consumption

I spoke with a retired person who worked in pharmaceutical research. She isn't concerned about the virus and mentioned that serious cases in young age may be related to increased alcohol consumption. She's wrong. I mean, alcohol consumption isn't the most salubrious activity, but 58,000 Americans d...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

But NYC is probably the worst hit place on the planet. You’re likely right. The worst place impacted in the world has a sub .5% death rate. Worse then flu? Yes. Bubonic plague? No. Interesting thing is, the apocalyptic scenario that was expected of the US did not materialize, despite many here expe...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Aesma wrote:
NYC might not be the absolute worst after all :

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This is probably the only decently accurate indicator of the real effect of the novel coronavirus.

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22857

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

On the other hand, while everybody is crunching numbers on Covid, no one seems to bother to quantify the human cost these extreme measures will have. Considering the fact that deciding life/health vs. Economy is part of the day2day business of governments your are almost certainly wrong, and it was...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

An interesting controversy is brewing over Youtube removing the interview of Dr. Erickson shortly after posting it, although it gathered several million views before being taken down. It is still available here, and is well worth a watch: https://www.turnto23.com/news/coronavirus/video-interview-wi...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6944

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I saw some posts on here about the virus mutating into a far less virulent form as time goes on (because evolutionary selection prefers those that do not kill their hosts). Approximately how long do you expect that time to be? In fact, it has already happened.(1) A team from Zheijiang University to...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22857

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

The worst case scenario numbers have been published for quite some time. But I'll go beyond those. Even if we had 100 million deaths it's still inconsequential in a world of 7.5 billion. Only about 1.3% of the world population. You really think the world economy would just shrug off losing that man...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

An interesting controversy is brewing over Youtube removing the interview of Dr. Erickson shortly after posting it, although it gathered several million views before being taken down. It is still available here, and is well worth a watch: https://www.turnto23.com/news/coronavirus/video-interview-wit...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22857

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52450692

Then again, when it comes to stupid things in general, he's in a class of his own.
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When ranking stupid things observed during COVID, I think Donny T has a leg up on the competition...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52450692

Then again, when it comes to stupid things in general, he's in a class of his own.

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 349
Views: 28836

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Probably because they prefer using the light of day for preparations and the massive amount of construction that goes on around the site. It's just quieter at night, and there's no workers around to risk bombing with stainless steel shrapnel. I wonder if they also manage slightly slower heat transfe...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash; may threaten existence of company"
Replies: 190
Views: 31211

Re: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash; may threaten existence of company"

The whole dance is just a bit sickening to me, but I suppose that's just the way it works now, especially since many industries, especially aviation, have been the victims of governments' unpreparedness in this case. What is sickening is the attitude that "unpreparedness" is instinctively...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 349
Views: 28836

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5t-oEbBprc

Boring! :biggrin:
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And in a shocking twist, a Starship prototype (SN4) has passed cryogenic testing without blowing up...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5t-oEbBprc

Boring! :biggrin:

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash; may threaten existence of company"
Replies: 190
Views: 31211

Re: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash; may threaten existence of company"

Ah yes. This is the time when large companies and corporations break out the tissues and start coming up with the sob stories of how they're on the verge of collapse after a 10 year run of record profits just to see what juicy 'rescue package' they can get from their government. 2008 all over again...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash; may threaten existence of company"
Replies: 190
Views: 31211

Re: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash; may threaten existence of company"

Ah yes. This is the time when large companies and corporations break out the tissues and start coming up with the sob stories of how they're on the verge of collapse after a 10 year run of record profits just to see what juicy 'rescue package' they can get from their government.

2008 all over again.

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fox News, and especially Hannity, getting people dead...
Replies: 64
Views: 4269

Re: Fox News, and especially Hannity, getting people dead...

I don't follow these guys at all, but I was under the impression that they both spewed a similar kind of wretched toxic bile to their viewers; the Fox News usual mix of untruthfulness or distorted truth with a heavy dose of anger-inducing partisan hatred and opinionated bullsh#t... Did their coverag...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Donald Trump asks the Nobel Committee to revoke awards to journalists
Replies: 32
Views: 2009

Re: Donald Trump asks the Nobel Committee to revoke awards to journalists

Someone made an angry poo again this morning...

Is there a 'Noble Prize' for the stupidest thing said on twitter?

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?
Replies: 15
Views: 1218

Re: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?

Populism never ends well...

...ever.

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZq-8Bq3mkU

A cool video that explains Covid-19 testing to a level even my puny brain can understand.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZq-8Bq3mkU

A cool video that explains Covid-19 testing to a level even my puny brain can understand.

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I agree on principle, but disagree with the timeline. In most places where there has been a long term lockdown, while the measures have worked in plateauing then reducing the number of casualties, the decrease in number of new cases and deaths is now very slow. So slow that it would take many more ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6100

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

so apparently, satellites provided by US intelligence agencies found Fatty Kim's private train on the north side of NK near Kim family private resort area. it's been there since the 21th. China has dispatched, a crew of Dr.'s to go to NK to check on his health. I guess this happened once before whe...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Threatens EU Over State Aid to Airlines
Replies: 342
Views: 30116

Re: Ryanair Threatens EU Over State Aid to Airlines

This is particularly ironic, considering that one of FR's modus operandi was to extort European states, regions and cities for subsidies in exchange for service to these places and 'jobs'...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6100

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

If true, the struggle for power created by the sudden vacuum might generate a lot of instability, which may not be good news for NK's neighbors. It would be interesting to know if China is readying its troops near the border to try and prevent a mass refugee influx in case it all went ugly. The line...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Some common sense based on facts not flawed models from a Doctor from Stanford university: The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now d...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

And you are really expecting us to hold lock-down out till a vaccine? There isn't a single place in the world where this is the plan. And there is nobody who thinks this is a reasonable idea. The whole point of a lockdown is to gain control over the virus. It is clear, worldwide, that a lockdown wo...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Well today was an argument against opening up the economies again https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ 103,000 + new cases. Highest yet world wide. 37,000+ in the USA Highest yet in the USA. The numbers of one day do not a trend make. Covid is a game of data, and the least we can say is that ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6944

Re: What if a COVID-19 vaccine is not found?

I can't really see why a vaccine or effective treatment could not be developed. The more a disease upsets society, the more society will devote resources to fight it, and this is one of the most disrupting disease in human society since the invention of modern medicine. You can bet that massive inve...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Are you not aware that something like 98% of coronavirus patients make a full recovery? We could only wish in our wildest dreams that car accidents were that survivable. They are. Over 99% of people survive car accidents. More than 38,000 people die every year in crashes on U.S. roadways. The U.S. ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I'd say a good 50% of drivers in the US should never have received a license. In Florida we have people 95 and over still driving. They are dangerous and far more of a threat than a healthy person spreading germs. Why is one ok but not the other? Because medical science figured out how to fix you u...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 26758

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

It looks like CX might go from - broadly - Airbus for regional (a330) / Boeing for long haul (777) to - broadly -Boeing for regional (781)/ Airbus for long haul (a350).

The only thing time doesn't change is change itself...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Here we go with the false equivalencies again... Whether a driver is fit to drive or not should not be based on your own judgement. Given that I think little of your reasoning abilities and that you seem to easily become emotional and angered, I estimate that you shouldn't drive either. But neither ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The face mask is not meant to protect yourself, it is meant to protect others. Do your libertarian views allow for putting others in danger because you want to do as you please? Most people in China or Asia do not wear mask. Only when they are sick or in times of epidemic. What is it with you and m...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

It's my perception that some are enjoying the misery and the increase in government control that the virus brings. As a libertarian I truly believe in my body my choice. I support a woman's right to choose up to the point of viability, I support all drug use, and I support the right to kill yoursel...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Workplaces & how we work after the Covid-19 pandemic is over
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Workplaces & how we work after the Covid-19 pandemic is over

Things will go back to the way they were. People forget and naturally revert to their natural selves with time. It takes a little longer the longer the trauma, but it happens in the end. In any case, no infectious outbreak of late happened in the workplace (i.e. office). They all originated from the...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Francoflier : I don't have an answer but you see what's happening in France. The government has proposed a "partial reopening" date, then plans to work on the details in the meantime, floats ideas, etc. For each idea, you have two camps forming : - camp 1 : is the government crazy, murder...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 349
Views: 28836

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I did a bit of research after I posted and indeed stumbled onto some tank footage from early in the Falcon 9 program. I wish they'd make it a more prominent feature of their launch broadcast, especially around MECO and re-ignition for re-entry and landing burns, though I don't know if it might still...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 349
Views: 28836

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The video shows some very brief shots of what appears to be the inside of a propellant tank when they cut out to different views. I imagine these are engineering cameras, and not necessarily meant to be viewed by the public, which is why it was interesting to see a few glimpses of it (I suppose ther...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Austria sees a 90% drop in infections since April 6,2020 mandatory mask rule. Czech Republic and Slovakia have very low infection rates with their DIY mask campaigns. https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25410/20200421/austria-90-drop-coronavirus-cases-requiring-people-wear-face-masks.htm I hope r...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I'm interested to know what proponents of strict lockdowns propose as far as exit strategy. Lockdown in the UK is not all positive in terms of communal health. For example, 'body repair' surgery (eg replacement hip, knee, cataract etc procedures) has been halted. More seriously, people with possibl...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66496

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I'm interested to know what proponents of strict lockdowns propose as far as exit strategy. We keep hearing about stopping everybody's lives for an indeterminate amount of time, seemingly regardless of any unintended consequences or the possibility of less extreme measures to contain spreading, yet ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Relevance of the WHO post Covid-19
Replies: 69
Views: 2407

Re: Relevance of the WHO post Covid-19

If you combine China's obvious dishonesty about the true nature of the disease initially, the very likely fudged numbers they published, the way they manipulate the WHO by tying their contribution to political conditions and the fact that most epidemic outbreaks of late seem to originate from their ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work
Replies: 173
Views: 10092

Re: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work

Of course, it needs to be done intelligently, and I'm afraid that, in the US at least, there is nowhere near the level of brainpower in the current administration to do this properly. Cue the orange gas bag claiming that the US has 'passed the peak' when figures plainly show that it hasn't. The lat...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work
Replies: 173
Views: 10092

Re: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work

I have pushed that we open when we can, but now is not the time. We have barely fattened the curve, and everyone wants to open the economy? We took a disease that is capable of spreading at a rate of doubling every 2-3 days, and have made it basically flat. "Opening" the economy means wha...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work
Replies: 173
Views: 10092

Re: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work

However dumb people are now pushing to restart way ahead of when it would be prudent. There are still 25,000 new cases a day, and over 2500 deaths just today in North America. If we keep at that level, then we will have 75,000 deaths in 30 days. That's uncalled for, and there are shades of gray her...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Rafale Ejection Incident March 20 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2510

Re: French Rafale Ejection Incident March 20 2019

What an unprofessional mess.
Hopefully lessons will be learned.

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How can we better handle the next virus outbreak?
Replies: 47
Views: 2572

Re: How can we better handle the next virus outbreak?

Maybe start by not destroying the organisation that is in charge of handling large scale public health issues... (...to fund a tax cut for the rich). https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/24/trump-cuts-undermine-coronavirus-containment-cdc-watchdog-report The part where they removed the CDC e...

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zanl188 wrote:


'Opts'...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 349
Views: 28836

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

It also wasn't the builders or designers fault. Another screwed up test procedure allowed low pressure in the bottom tank. That thing could have supported ten times as much weight if it had been pressurized right. Has that been confirmed or is still speculation at this stage (from Musk's tweet)? Ma...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 349
Views: 28836

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm starting to doubt they'll ever get it right, at this pace. At least not without a major rethink and redesign.

Uncharacteristically for SpaceX, the whole Starship program is starting to look like amateur hour at Boca Chica.

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 280
Views: 97927

Re: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread

https://spacenews.com/stratolaunch-announces-hypersonic-vehicle-plans/ It looks like they plan on developing a reusable hypersonic vehicle to be launched from the carrier airplanes (up to three at a time, in fact), for research purposes. This sort of confirm what most people thought they were going ...

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