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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 24
Views: 3165

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

The Drive had this looong article from a couple of years ago on the S-3 in the late cold war period. Guy seems a bit of a character! https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/30525/confessions-of-a-submarine-hunting-s-3-viking-crewman-during-the-twilight-of-the-cold-war First of all, best screen name I...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 867
Views: 258051

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

Is the audio of the CVR recoverable? Has it been downloaded? or what is the delay in finding out what was said in the cockpit? It can easily take months until all sounds on the CVR are analyzed. For example, the boffins can analyze the noise of pressing buttons. Usually, they only release the CVR t...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 24
Views: 3165

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

I always found it a very cute aircraft. Bye, S-3!

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 213
Views: 34970

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

I think Elon could sell a few engines. At ULA prices, of course. Thrust-wise, the engines are quite comparable, 2.4 vs. 2.2 meganewtons of sea level thrust. Oh, I didn't realize it was as easy as a simple swap-in replacement. :roll: In the real world, rockets are designed around their engines and u...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!

Wonderful :-D

I wonder... if that happened to a certain Resident of the United States.

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 213
Views: 34970

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Eric Berger over at Ars Technica is reporting an increasingly strained relationship between ULA and Blue Origin over Blue Origin's delays in delivering an engine: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/increasingly-the-ula-blue-origin-marriage-is-an-unhappy-one I think Elon could sell a few engine...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 437
Views: 58883

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://twitter.com/daily_hopper

They're SpaceX-centered, ya know...



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Awwwww, I'm in love with these comics: https://twitter.com/daily_hopper

They're SpaceX-centered, ya know...



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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I guess there is a convention within Swiss politics that if a referendum looks like a possibility, further action by the government (in this case signing contracts) is suspended until the referendum process is concluded. A month or so to gather 50,000 calls for a referendum? Another month to organi...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

When could any referendum start being organised and how long would it take? I guess there would be enough people (a) opposed to buying any replacement fighter (b) opposed to buying the chosen fighter for a referendum to take place. I presume that there is a time limit for a government decision to b...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jul 04, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Further up the thread, you mentioned that the Mirage III became a cost and procurement nightmare due to the Swiss AF wanting attack capabilities, wasn't the real issue the shoehorning in of the Hughes radar, fire control and Falcon AAM's, unique to the Mirage and for air defence? I thought I was ma...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

They had to memorize every corner of every mountain so they could "fly around blindly". The idea was, in case of an enemy infiltration by air, to use the mountains as a hide and seek tool to win any dogfight. I absolutely believe that. Also, using ridges and valleys in order to sneak up o...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 185
Views: 16372

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

Ugh. Reminds me of the old adage "There are no bad people - only bad incentives." I'd create a solution where condo owners could not sell their condo, but exchange their condo for a share (and vice versa). Only after a grace period, the share can be sold. "Uh, the building just collap...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 02, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Darko Savic, the officer who is overseeing the fighter jet evaluation, declared that Switzerland only has a guaranteed maximum cost per flight hour for the first 10 years. «Wir haben eine verbindliche Offerte für die ersten 10 Betriebsjahre» "We have a binding offer for the first 10 operating y...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 01, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

They had to memorize every corner of every mountain so they could "fly around blindly". The idea was, in case of an enemy infiltration by air, to use the mountains as a hide and seek tool to win any dogfight. I absolutely believe that. Also, using ridges and valleys in order to sneak up o...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jun 30, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

About the costs per flying hour: Here's the report - it's a series of live updates from the press conference: https://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/kampfjet-entscheid-amherd-wollen-kein-steuergeld-verschleudern Darko Savic says: «Die öffentlich kommunizierten Flugstundenkosten anderer Nationen halten wir ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

A few bits from the press conference by DefSec Viola Amherd: - Switzerland will buy 36 F-35A for 6 billion CHF - they also want to buy four Patriot fire units for 2 billion, to cover an area that encompasses a quarter of Switzerland - Darko Savic, who led the fighter jet evaluation, said that the F-...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

After what Switzerland did to France today a large Rafale buy is the least they can do. Hehehehehe... “2. The main tasks of the F-35 are the undetected penetration far into enemy airspaces, which are protected by sophisticated ground-based air defense systems, as well as the identification and dest...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 28, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

After what Switzerland did to France today a large Rafale buy is the least they can do. Hehehehehe... “2. The main tasks of the F-35 are the undetected penetration far into enemy airspaces, which are protected by sophisticated ground-based air defense systems, as well as the identification and dest...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 185
Views: 16372

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

Isn't there a duty by the managers to keep the costs low, by asessing and repairing damages in time - before concrete rebar rusts and repairs get super-duper-expensive?

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jun 27, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

google translation. I guess 'Feuer im Dach' (literally 'fire in the roof') would be better translated as 'fireworks'. ...but I love literal translations of idioms... I'm quite sure EADS, Dassault and Boeing are willing to pool a few Swiss francs for a lawyer, and sue the Swiss Confederation if the ...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Jun 26, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

Today it was reported that Lockheed Martin could make such an economical offer because their simulators are capable of replacing a significant amount of training flight hours, which lowers operating and maintenance costs. The competitors are furious, because they're sure they could have undercut the...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada
Replies: 38
Views: 3195

Re: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada

The Residential School system has a fairly nasty history, where in essence, it was an effort by past governments and the churches to eradicate Indigenous culture by effectively kidnapping Indigenous people's kids from their families and holding them in inhumane conditions where abuse and mistreatme...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada
Replies: 38
Views: 3195

Re: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada

I wonder when the Catholic Church is going to be prosecuted as the mafia-like criminal organization it really is.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 185
Views: 16372

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

Another site I visited had a post suggesting a 'sinkhole' may have triggered this collapse, indeed it could be a likely explanation. The water table is near the surface in that area, much of the soil in the area is limestone that dissolves easily in water that trigger a sinkhole. As the building wa...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

texl1649 wrote:
And before folks ask/comment about the cost, note that, again, supposedly/rumor is NASA was offered 2 for free that were ‘surplus’ for whatever reason.


My understanding is that Nancy Grace Roman Telescope (formerly the WFIRST) makes use of that offered NRO material.

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

Did this Blattmann guy do any research? This Blattmann guy would be the Swiss equivalent of that Dunford dude in the US. As such, he's certainly utterly uninformed. No, not really. Dunford - as well as the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - had/have a strictly advisory role, while Blattma...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

This report by Blattmann is very damning. He says that the Federal Council: - Grossly underestimates operational and maintenance costs. He expects 12% of the purchase costs will be spent every year just on flying and maintaining them. - Neglects the purchase of F-35 weapons. If F-35 are bought, the...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

If this proves to be true (F-35 chosen), will there be the public outcry that Le Matin reported was in danger of occurring if a US jet were chosen? Blattman, a former chief of Swiss armed forces, already put his concerns to paper in a 9 page analysis today. He was obviously already informed about t...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52692

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

According to some leaks, the Federal Council decided to buy F-35: https://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/endspurt-kampfjetbeschaffung-amherd-will-den-ferrari-der-luefte-kaufen The report say that two of the Councillors had serious doubts because buying an US jet wouldn't make European politics easier, e.g....

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 56
Views: 5080

Re: Stealth is very important

2. In the long term, signal processing gets much cheaper than stealth gets better.

And 3., non-stealth aircraft are still sorely needed, because they're cheap.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 437
Views: 58883

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Another successful launch - with crisp video feed from both the first stage, and the drone ship.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6381

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

Aesma wrote:
Yeah that's crazy. Didn't the first space tourist pay about 50mil, including a few days on the ISS ?


I expect the crane collector from South Padre Island to offer an orbital flight for 27 millions per seat...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6381

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

SpaceX basically gives billions to the US government...

...by not demanding the ULA fantasy prices. Amazon, on the other hand, heavily uses government-paid infrastructure for free, namely roads.

And I've not yet heard about a single SpaceX employee who has to live on food stamps.

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO
Replies: 105
Views: 16161

Re: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO

Ho many people died from the fire in the Hindenburg disaster? Fred Not a good point... also because of this rarely known fact: Until the Hindenburg disaster, Germany operated hydrogen-filled airships with an excellent safety record. Before that disaster, there had been 1-2 severely injured people i...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 437
Views: 58883

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Whew! Continuous video feed from the first stage, until landing on OCISLY!

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO
Replies: 105
Views: 16161

Re: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO

Airports and airlines need to start rethinking the boarding process outright. The infrastructure behind airports is so overdone, especially in the US. Nothing gets me going like watching European ULCCs boarding from the tarmac through the front and rear doors of the aircraft. Just ditch the jetbrid...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32679

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

Belarus nationals can still leave the country. But only if they can obtain a permanent staying permit in another country... But even scientists won't get a permanent permit at first, but usually a one-year permit. It seems Lukashenko is limiting the brain drain, while at the same time making sure th...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 26, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions
Replies: 66
Views: 10090

Re: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions

Guys! Chinese rover took its first drive on Mars and made China the second nation that managed to drive a rover on Mars. It happened 3 days ago. That`s interesting! looking forward to getting to know something interesting from this Chinese rover. This is a great achievement for the Chinese space ex...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 26, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swiss F-5 crash, May 26th 2021
Replies: 0
Views: 1994

Swiss F-5 crash, May 26th 2021

In the Melchsee-Frutt region, a F-5 Tiger crashed on a training flight. The plane was carrying out training with a F/A-18. The plane is red-white, as it belongs to the Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team. The pilot was not injured. Amazingly, the plane crashed nearly intact. https://i2.paste.pics/d154c...

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by flyingturtle
Mon May 24, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32679

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo_Moral ... g_incident
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In 2013, Austria forced the presidential jet of Evo Morales (Venezuela) to a landing, because the United States suspected Julian Assange to be on the plane.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo_Moral ... g_incident

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 23, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32679

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

Airlines make a promise to deliver you safely to your destination. Otherwise, there wouldn't be the massive investments in training and maintenance.

This is piracy, plain and simple.

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by flyingturtle
Sat May 22, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I'm in Crypto Now
Replies: 77
Views: 6383

Re: I'm in Crypto Now

Elon tweeted he's on the side of crypto, he must have figured he pissed off many of his fans. He's absolutely free to manipulate crypto currencies. To benefit himself, or Tesla's crypto dealing. Cryptos are not regulated like securities. Shush. Elon Musk is both a troll and a genius. I just saw a c...

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by flyingturtle
Fri May 21, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I'm in Crypto Now
Replies: 77
Views: 6383

Re: I'm in Crypto Now

In the past two hours, Bitcoin crashed from 41'700 to 37'000, because the U.S. Treasury has called for every crypto asset transfer exceeding $10'000 to be registered.

Gawd, I should have shorted Bitcoin.

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by flyingturtle
Fri May 21, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I'm in Crypto Now
Replies: 77
Views: 6383

Re: I'm in Crypto Now

Crypto currencies and blockchains are basically good ideas. But there is quite a cult surrounding both. Blockchain is mostly a solution in search of a problem. It solves only one problem, namely: You have to store data decentrally, and you cannot trust those who store the data. If data is stored cen...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 19, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I'm in Crypto Now
Replies: 77
Views: 6383

Re: I'm in Crypto Now

Update. The whole crypto market is taking a huge dump. Yay. China is imposing strict controls on crypto currencies... and it's the country where lots of those coins were mined, thanks to low energy prices. When prices crash, you can only sell when somebody else is willing to buy. So, your sell orde...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 19, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I'm in Crypto Now
Replies: 77
Views: 6383

Re: I'm in Crypto Now

Yes, I'm a shareholder....

If a quirky rocket builder can crack some jokes and crypto currencies are crashing by 15 or even 30%, then it's nothing I would ever consider to put my money in.

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 19, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 437
Views: 58883

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Does anyone know what the plan is for stacking Starship on top of the booster is for the test flight since the integration tower won't be ready yet? I don't think even those massive cranes are tall enough... They are tall enough. They can be extended. Most of the Liebherr cranes can be extended. An...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 18, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 437
Views: 58883

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

In between adjusting various crypto currencies and building an impressive collection of cranes in Boca Chica (two crawlers cranes for the full stack are currently being assembled), SpaceX is working towards an extended permit: The facility in Boca Chica was approved when SpaceX still had F9 and FH i...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 18, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sun-synchronous orbit spacecrafts
Replies: 8
Views: 1889

Re: Sun-synchronous orbit spacecrafts

What if we launch a satellite to SSO? Can it be used for Earth observation? This thread is quite groan-worthy. One of the first satellites in SSO was TIROS-10. It observed the sunny part of earth with TV cameras, and was used for weather forecasts. TIROS-10 was launched on July 2, 1965. http://www....

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by flyingturtle
Fri May 14, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Oblique Wave Detonation Engine May Unlock Mach 17 Aircraft
Replies: 4
Views: 1633

Re: Oblique Wave Detonation Engine May Unlock Mach 17 Aircraft

Hm, the reentry vehicles of ICBMs surely use ablative cooling. Aircraft can't use that.

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