I definitely think there should be a concerted "western" effort to counter China, and that has to start by being less dependant on it. Trump did it wrong, Biden might do it better, the problem is that now isn't the time : now it's COVID recovery time, and for that, cheap Chinese stuff is n...Jump to post
Yeah that's crazy. Didn't the first space tourist pay about 50mil, including a few days on the ISS ?Jump to post
Are short range, 4 passengers, electric eVTOL technically feasible ? Definitely yes. Issues are : - at what price point ? If helicopters aren't that common, it's mainly because of cost (the other issue being the noise). - what noise ? All eVTOLs promise to be quieter than helicopters - what safety ?...Jump to post
Vertical Aerospace are one of the 30 entrants selected for the urban air mobility trials, which have EASA involvement, we'll see what they bring. https://www.businessairportinternational.com/news/technology/paris-to-launch-urban-air-mobility-trials-in-june.html Also, it turns out there is an electri...Jump to post
An UK airline just has to bribe the Tory party with a couple of thousands pounds and the law will disappear.
The article is misleading, airlines didn't have to pay anything. They just had to give the money back for flights they didn't operate. You would expect that in any industry !
The ITAR thing should be a given. NATO might not even exist when the plane will become operational.Jump to post
I'm not a football fan although I will watch my national team matches usually (during the tournaments, not the qualifiers or friendlies). I've read an article some time ago explaining that France was the source of many good players, thanks to how discovering and training them as kids etc. is organiz...Jump to post
No, but helicopters are VTOL aircraft. The vehicles we're talking about have several rotors, sometimes wings, sometimes their rotors can become props, none are traditional helicopters. And with electric propulsion, of course. It begs the question, though, why not just convert a traditional helicopte...Jump to post
There is no need to think about it really, we already saw what happened with Rafale and Eurofighter. Clearly wasted opportunities. However politics is a complicated thing. From articles we get here in France, one problem is that Germany is too aligned with the US, with many military brass just wanti...Jump to post
At least the word investment isn't usurped, they're really investing some money. The large order is just PR. UALFAson : eVTOLs are for local transportation, 100 miles is enough. This might be possible in China, or elsewhere in the world, but not the US. The FAA has already hinted that this kind of ...Jump to post
BTW her main critique was that Islam and the Koran are full of violence.
The response she got ? Death threats.
Way to prove her point.
Usually the Green politicians are also dead against nuclear, even though it's the most CO2 efficient way to make electricity, and could be used at large scale to make synthetic oil and/or hydrogen.
They're trying to ban nuclear from getting any of the stimulus money.
EV compete with ICE cars whereas computers competed with what, pen and paper ? Electric typewriter ? There is no comparison really. Where the comparison makes more sense is that indeed there are rapid improvements making older cars obsolete. That's why I would personally only consider Teslas at this...Jump to post
She didn't make any rant against Muslims (that would have been illegal) but against Islam which is legal. Saying that Islam is BS, etc.
I guess here too people focus on that, and the fact she received 100000 messages calling for her murder, rape, decapitation, etc., is honky dory.
If you have to make a law saying you're the best...you're probably not it !Jump to post
In the US would "everything go" under freedom of speech, or would either group face consequences ? Has there been any similar court case ?Jump to post
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57342528 A French teenager has attended the first day of a trial against 13 people accused of sending abusive messages after she posted videos criticising Islam. Mila was 16 when her first Instagram clip went viral. She has since received 100,000 hate messages, ...Jump to post
jfklganyc : you talk about the economy, well economists have considered the issue, too. Inaction will cost much more in the long run.Jump to post
Saying "asylum seekers don't contribute to the system" is wrong. If they're integrated correctly they do contribute, and that doesn't cost that much to do. Plenty of jobs nobody in advanced countries want to do, that these people will take up. You also have doctors and engineers among asyl...Jump to post
We're talking about a Concorde like aircraft, which had economy seats (of the day, so not horrible pitch). If you install huge seats/beds in it, the economics that already don't work, fly out of the window !Jump to post
The seat is up for auction, we'll see how much it will end up at. I would take it if it would be a tiny amount of my wealth, otherwise no, I would wait for more. I also heard on the evening news here about "going to orbit", which is distinctly not what is going on here, quite the opposite ...Jump to post
All of the above will probably be necessary, especially if the alternative isn't considered : making less children.Jump to post
The thing that's wrong is the failure to account for climate impact. It'd be nice if we had made more progress on this in the last few decades, but the political support wasn't there, and now we're up against a serious clock. We need to rapidly decarbonize the entire world economy. And when thinkin...Jump to post
Jeff Bezos and brother to fly to space in Blue Origin flight
The colorized footage stuff has been made in France for about a decade, the last one I saw covered the 1940 invasion. I knew of the exodus away from the invading armies and towards the south of France of course, but what I didn't know, not taught in school, was that at first there were orders to att...Jump to post
Lionizing traitors is unusual.Jump to post
These monuments were made to change history, rather. Today the history is well known, only people with delusions cling to confederate stuff.Jump to post
One can't have 4x fuel burn per seat mile, comparable floor space, small fleet operating economics, and charge comparable prices to 787 J today. That just doesn't work. CRJ-200 seating for J prices? Not for me. It wouldn't be 4x the fuel burn per seat mile. It would be 4x the fuel burn, but only fo...Jump to post
They have already converted an oil tanker into a "warship".Jump to post
SEPilot : 50 billion is probably pessimistic, but 5 billion is a given, 10 billion very probable, and 15-20 billion would surprise noone. So far the company doesn't have 1 billion, and 150 employees. Wingtips56 : the windows were small in case one failed and caused a depressurisation. Since Concorde...Jump to post
I'm sure most of them were "born" into that religion, otherwise they wouldn't bother with it.Jump to post
Still pretending they love the constitution huh ?Jump to post
But the thing is that Boom has a prototype ready to start flying soon, they went ahead of the curve with the prototype with that they will get feedback for the construction of Overture, people said the same thing with the Boeing 747, and look it's flying today. Boom is far, far away from having a &...Jump to post
I didn't think you could both be a religious nut and a valedictorian. With all the science and stuff.Jump to post
This is no different than 'on call' employees not being paid for days they are expected to remain near the office or have their phone on. Surely they're compensated for that in some way ? The laws on that are complex and are different in almost every state, which is why on-call schedules are avoide...Jump to post
The first Boeing aircraft was made of wood, linen, cables, and was basically a copy of another plane.
You could say Boom are copying Concorde I guess, but doing so is a bit more challenging than a small seaplane flying at 65kn.
Also the Boeing Model 1 was actually a failure and didn't sell.