Nice dig at Biden from Macron : stop export bans before talking about waiving patents. Given that the mínimum estimated time to start up an mRNA vaccine production facility is one year, waiving patents doesn’t do much for the global effort. Maybe the J&J vaccine could be produced more rapidly. ...Jump to post
They are streaming the high altitude test for SN 15 right now!
Edit: And looks like a good landing!
Edit 2: And there's a small fire on the pad that now appears to be out...
There's also the option to base V-22's off the carrier as well as tanker assets, instead of abusing Super Hornets in the buddy refuelling role. The USMC has already developed an aerial refuelling kit for their V-22's, which has demonstrated success in testing.Jump to post
Health Canada has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents as young as 12: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/health-canada-authorized-pfizer-12-16-1.6014551 Health Canada offered parents anxious about their unvaccinated children some fresh hope today by clearing the Pfizer-Bi...Jump to post
Sputnik V not approved by Brazil health authorities (ANVISA). In 100% of the tested charges, they have found "alive" (augmentable) Adenovirus. This is a no go. Aditional it seems they have not delivered requested safety data...for which the whole world is still waiting... Source in German...Jump to post
A longer flight would need more fuel so it's an overall weight limitation. True. However a majority of the flight is to reach the fires. Adding an extra drop or two shouldn’t take that much additional fuel. Weight is a valid concern, but someone should have to calculate the numbers to find out. The...Jump to post
Pfizer is working on a drug that can be taken at home at the first sign of COVID to treat the virus. They hope to have the drug ready by the end of this year: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/27/pfizer-at-home-covid-pill-could-be-available-by-year-end-ceo-albert-bourla-says.html Pfizer’s experimental or...Jump to post
Crazy that there are issues going to 2009 that the operator hasn't corrected. To be fair, the issues going back to 2009 were with the original B741 SuperTanker, which was owned by the now-defunct Evergreen International. This plane was scrapped back several years ago. Global SuperTanker Services (t...Jump to post
This is exactly why. No guaranteed revenue stream makes it hard to maintain such a high cost business. Not sure why the USFS has not gotten on board. It has been that way since Evergreen. Politics as usual. This might be tactic to force the USFS hand, but I doubt it will work. Because the aircraft ...Jump to post
Blue Origin is protesting the award of the contract to SpaceX for the Human Landing System competition:
https://spacenews.com/blue-origin-prote ... tem-award/
Something tells me they won't succeed...
One of the issues with the aircraft was that the US Forest Service was always cool to the large platform preferring smaller frames, limiting its domestic use to direct state contracts such as with California. This is exactly why. No guaranteed revenue stream makes it hard to maintain such a high co...Jump to post
Is this aircraft able to make multiple drops - or do they have to do the whole load in a single pass? If it's the latter, I could see some of the challenge - don't often need to put that size load in a single line. The bigger issue is the size and handling requirements for an aircraft this size. Ma...Jump to post
A list of what you think these "many things" are would be interesting..... The reality is that the safety interlocks that exist between the inner and outer doors make this probably the most unlikely cause. They are a first level safety system with multiple redundancy and 10^-7 safety or b...Jump to post
KRI Nanggala (402), a diesel-electric attack sub, has gone missing following a torpedo drill north of Bali. Torpedo Drill sounds like another HTP (high test peroxide) accident. HTP is part of the propellent mix for torpedo's Thinking Kursk. Okie Only the Russians still use high test peroxide in the...Jump to post
8 / million works out to 1 / 125,000. On a 10 million spread, that’s 80 more hospital beds (potentially ICU) taken up by otherwise young and healthy folk. That's the wrong calculation. Out of those 10 million vaccinated people, how many Covid ICU beds are you saving?... ...a LOT more than 80. A fai...Jump to post
If image quality is your primary concern and you want to settle for nothing less than the best, the Canon EF 100-400L II is the lens to buy. If in time you need more reach you can purchase either a crop body (such as a used 7D or 70D) or a 1.4x extender (don't bother with the 2x extender as the los...Jump to post
So does that mean that the rumored interest in some Chinooks was dropped in favor of the H225M? Jane's is describing the purchase and lease as a sort of a way to support Airbus via stimulus spending. Other outlets are also mentioning additional purchases of Airbus helicopters for other government a...Jump to post
The Quebec-based charter carrier Chrono Aviation is adding the biggest aircraft yet to their fleet, an ex-Air Transat 738, and is expected to add an additional 20 employees to the company: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/chrono-aviation-announces-the-addition-of-a-boeing-737-800-857186824.html...Jump to post
Biden is apparently open to providing further assistance to Canada in procuring additional vaccines, and has spoken to Justin Trudeau on the matter: https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/04/21/biden-trudeau-vaccine/ Probably more of the AstraZeneca or even the Janssen vaccines currently sitting in stora...Jump to post
Contract signed for 14 Chinooks, with a contract value of $2 billion USD: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-20/u-k-reaches-2-billion-deal-to-buy-boeing-s-chinook-helicopters The U.K. and the Pentagon reached agreement on a $2 billion sale of 14 Chinook helicopters built by Boeing Co., ...Jump to post
It really depends on what you mean by 'best'. The lens that offers the best image quality is the Canon 100-400L, and for regular airport photography I'd say it's the best all-rounder. It's also a good airshow lens but perhaps better when used on a body such as the 7D or 90D due to the extra reach. ...Jump to post
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/france-orders-h225m-caracal-helicopters-to-support-airbus The French Air Force has purchased 8 H225M's from Airbus, to be delivered in 2024—25, which will equip a new unit and replace a trio of Puma helicopters based in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. T...Jump to post
The Canadian province of Manitoba and the US state of North Dakota have struck an agreement where North Dakota will vaccinate about 4,000 Canadian truckers within a period of 8 weeks, free of charge:
https://twitter.com/Gray_Mackenzie/stat ... 60932?s=19
On a full-frame body the 100-400 might be insufficient for airshow photography, however one solution would perhaps be to buy a relatively cheap APS-C camera to give you more reach. This will effectively give you the 600mm of the Sigmas without compromising image quality, and you'll have the flexibi...Jump to post
These are also present on A and B models as well and are called LEX fences: 5635337 They were installed in response to an issue that was causing premature cracks and fatigue in the vertical stabilizers. This structural damage limited the first batch of planes to a few hundred flight hours, as oppose...Jump to post
No, the V-22 was far from the cheapest option. In fact, it was ludicrous, in both capability and cost compared to the others. Yes the V-22 is by far the cheapest option to get cargo to ships. I'm sick of hearing people say that it is expensive. Nothing can come close to the cost. Previously when th...Jump to post
Hearing that SpaceX has won the NASA Lunar Landing System contract, which is worth $2.9 billion USD: https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/status/1383110799086997505?s=19 Basically SpaceX had the lowest price and had adjusted their budget schedule to meet NASA budget, and thus was the only bidder that ...Jump to post
Interesting points To me the big disadvantage of the V22 is its lack of pressurization, forcing it to fly at lower altitudes en route and in the weather rather than above most of it, not to mention the higher cabin altitudes Don’t really understand why conventional fixed wing solutions weren’t give...Jump to post
Unfortunately Moderna production in EU behind schedule. EU will get their vaccines, UK and Canada will be shorted. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/moderna-sees-shortfall-in-britain-covid-vaccine-shipments-eu-deliveries-on-track/ar-BB1fJ9fv?ocid=BingNewsSearch Lightsaber On the other hand, Cana...Jump to post
Hearing that SpaceX has won the NASA Lunar Landing System contract, which is worth $2.9 billion USD: https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/status/1383110799086997505?s=19 Basically SpaceX had the lowest price and had adjusted their budget schedule to meet NASA budget, and thus was the only bidder that q...Jump to post
I think the issue regarding the issues of blood clotting with both the AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines isn't the likelihood of a blood clot, but more of how you the treat it. Per this article, this is the leading hypothesis on what's causing the rare instances of blood clots: https://arstechnica.co...Jump to post
A video going over the report, with some insight from a fighter pilot is here:
He also managed to get a full copy of the accident report instead of the summary, so a lot to digest.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9458535/Build-new-Royal-Yacht-tribute-Prince-Philip-Boris-Johnson-told.html https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1421540/boris-johnson-royal-yacht-britannia-190m-prince-philip-death-news-ont https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/04/10/boris-johnson-urged-ba...Jump to post
In the US they're neck and neck but in Europe Moderna is still pretty rare. I was a little surprised you got Moderna. In the US it looks to be about 47% Moderna and 53% Pfizer between the two RNA vaccines. Only 4.5M doses of J&J have been given. (reference) But I had heard that Moderna is prima...Jump to post
2787518 Technically it is an L-100. There are some physical differences. What are the differences between the L-100 and the C-130? On the current L-100J and C-130J, the most obvious visual difference would be the lack of lower windows under the windscreen, which allows the C-130J pilots to look ahe...Jump to post
Slovakia is not happy with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, saying that the doses it received are different than the one that was reviewed, and suggesting that there are serious quality control issues: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/world/europe/slovakia-coronavirus-russia-vaccine-sputnik.html Rus...Jump to post
Moderna has been given the FDA go-ahead to start using larger vials that will hold 15 doses of it's vaccine, along with a revision that one can extract 11 doses out of the current 10 dose vial: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/moderna-gets-nod-fill-15-023055336.html (Reuters) - Moderna Inc on Thurs...Jump to post
"Canada has selected only one qualified supplier for the CC-150 tanker replacement. The Airbus A330 MRTT is the only option."
This can't be cheap... reminds me of the question "what's the difference between a rat and a human?" Ans: after 2 failures a rat looks for a different approach where as a human will keep doing the same approach hoping for a better result. They need to to stop hoping for a different conclu...Jump to post
Very unusual launch of sn11. Too foggy to really see much, and now it appears the vehicle broke apart midair while doing the landing flip. Really looking forward to what spacex has to say about this one. After coming so close last time, it's too bad Elon is saying some sort of issue with engine 2 d...Jump to post
Canada has suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to blood clot risks: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/astrazeneca-under-55-1.5968128 Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is expected to recommend today a pause in the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on th...Jump to post
Another report from the CDC has been released today that indicate just one dose of Pfizer or Moderna is good for 80% coverage. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/29/cdc-study-shows-single-dose-of-pfizer-or-moderna-covid-vaccines-was-80percent-effective.html 2 doses gives over 90%. There is a good argumen...Jump to post
The British budget axe swings again. Oh, how much damage it has done over the decades. Complete overreaction. I guess you're right. The British government doesn't go around defunding aging platforms before their planned drawdown and retirement, thereby resulting in a capability gap. Except for Nimr...Jump to post
Canada has suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to blood clot risks: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/astrazeneca-under-55-1.5968128 Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is expected to recommend today a pause in the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on tho...Jump to post
The RCAF's Directorate of Flight Safety has concluded the investigation into the crash of Snowbird 11, and a bird strike is considered to be the cause of the crash: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2021/03/flight-safety-investigation-report-for-kamloops-snowbirds-accident.ht...Jump to post
I personally run with a EOS R, but I'm planning on getting the R5 later on this year.
I have access to DSLR's, such as the 5D Mark IV and the 7D Mark II, but I vastly prefer the R; image quality is excellent, AF tracking is effective, and it opens up Canon's ever growing suite of RF mount lenses.
When would Germany be able to procure/receive them if Boeing did get such a contract (thru FMS)? Isn’t the P-8 line booked thru 2025? Germany could also negotiate with the USN to take aircraft already in production, and the USN will just add replacement frames at the end of production. The US DoD i...Jump to post